Painters paint pictures on canvis, but musicians paint pictures on silence
December 25, 2020
Merry Christmas! It has been a year since the last update but I am still alive and fortunately doing well. As always a lot has happened since the last update. Along with graduating and receiving my Network Systems Administration degree along with a secondary certificate, I ended up moving back east as the cost of living and job opertunities just weren't cutting it in Oregon.
After moving back to Pennsylvania I was put in the hospital and was diagnosed with a rare disease called Multicentric Castlemans for which I receive an infusion treatment once every three weeks, and will probably need to keep receiving from this point forward. Life was rough for me for a couple of months from October to now but I feel like my old self again but know it is not the end of the road just yet. I've since moved to Florida and am now living with my dad.
In terms of music, man things have changed. Although I know have a setup which allows me to start recording again, I've gotten rid of a lot of gear to lighten my load. I've parted with a couple guitars and sold my Yamaha Stage Custom conversion kit as it would have been far too expensive to ship back east. In its place I purchased a 2004 Mapex Pro-M limited edition kit in caramel fade kit #39 out of 150 in the US. I've owned a Mapex kit before and I wanted to upgrade to maple shells and picked this shell pack up for only $700 shipped. Unfortunately when the kit arrived in Pennsylvania both kick drum hoops were snapped in half and a number of lugs and tension rods were broken and had to repare the kick. I've reskinned it and bought a set of Protection racket cases for them and they are now sittin gin my closet down here in Florida. In addition to my really nice magnet driven Drumnetics high hat stand and Speed Cobra double kick, I purchased a set of Meinl Extreme Customs Metal cymbals which have excellent sounding hats.
For guitars I'm rocking a Harley Benton CST24 and my 1986 Ibanez RS525 and two Ibanex basses, a 4 string and a 5 string. For an interface I replaced my Soundcraft MTK with a Tascam US16X08 and plan to pair it with a mixer board at some point. Right now I've got my eye on the Mackie 2304VLZ or 3204VLZ but I'm not able to swallow the $1000+ price tag just yet.
My buddy Kyle has fallen by the wayside and it looks like he isn't going to be part of my song writing and recording process, which is fine with me as I plan to get this album done and released fairly soon. My biggest hurtle now is programming the drums. I don't like the idea of using programmed drums but it is really all I've got at this point since I'm not able to setup my kit where I'm at right now.
Stay tuned as I have a lot of free time on my hands and plan on refreshing and adding to my music theory section on the site to not only help myself but others who want a convenient way of referring to essential theory. This also means I need to keep Hurst Audio Productions up to date and refreshed more often. I know I know, I've been slacking on this and I know I say that every time!
Hurst Audio home recording
Hurst Audio Productions was started in 2008 as a place for me to share my ideas that I had recorded for cool song ideas I had at the time. To record these ideas, I had used a Mackie Pro FX 12 analog board, a Digitech GNX300 guitar effects console and 3.5MM inputs on old pentium 3 machines as well as my Compaq laptop. At the time, Adobe Audition 1.5 was great for multitracking, but had also tinkered with Cakewalk 9 using some accessibility plugins.
In 2008 I had a limited set of gear including an Epiphone rasta Bob Marley Les Paul and an Ibanez RG of some sort. Although I didn't have access to it most of the time, my forest green Mapex Pro M 5 piece drum kit with Zildjian cymbals was at my grandparents home on their back patio and a recording of this can be heard on my audio page.
Between 2009 and 2017, my musical focus wasn't my main focus. I attended community college in southern Maine for two years from 2010 to 2012 and during that time, I did manage to buy a relatively cheap Simmon's drum set from Guitar Center which was a floor model. After moving I had my guitars sent to me from Mississippi where we had moved to in 2009 shortly after I graduated high school. I originally sold those guitars on Ebay and my drums to someone on a blind email list. After moving to Oregon in 2012 I had nothing until 2016 when I decided to purchase an Alesis DM10 Studio mesh electronic drum kit on credit from Amazon. I had to sell that drum set shortly after since the roommate I had at the time was giving me a hard time and was forced to move out.
Christmas 2017 I found a used Yamaha DTX550K. One I received it I decided to replace the original drum module with a universal DIY drum trigger interface. Unfortunately once I received and started using it, I found it to be a huge hastle to use with the very unclean java based configuration tool and calibrating the high hat, so on and so forth. Soon after this, I decided to sell the Megadrum and Yamaha drum kit and build my own acoustic to electronic conversion kit from scratch. I then paired it with a 2box Drum It 3 module. I feel it was the best investment I've made in my music toolkit.
Since this point I have bought and sold a number of guitars and now rock a `1986 Ibanez RS525 in pearl white with gold hardware, a Harley Benton CST24, two Ibanez basses (four and five string) and a Mapex Pro-M drum kit in caramel fade with Meinl Extreme Custom Metal cymbals, Evans G2 batter heads, Reso 7's, an Emad batter for the kick with a Danmar double kick patch and a ported res head. the kit has been fully restored and is like new and is sitting in storage waiting to be used.