Painters paint pictures on canvis, but musicians paint pictures on silence
December 20, 2019
HAP is going through another web redesign again, this time I'm using a much more cleaner and scalable CSS grid layout which makes maintaining the site a lot easier. I'm also adding a rotating banner slot in the header for important information such as new reaper downloads or versions of osara, or just cool audio related. Give me some ideas if you'd like...
Many great things are happening in the world of music for me right now. I've built what I believe to be the best electronic drum set money can buy. I'll be documenting this further soon but essentially my interface is now a 2box Drum It 3 drum module which allows for flexibility in the areas of universal trigger inputs as well as custom drum samples. This, I'll be going into depth as well as there is a lot of information to discuss.
You may recall from my last update last year that I was using a Megadrum 56 trigger box. Well, that was a nightmare and I would never wish that kind of frustration and experience on anyone, so I was able to recoop my money from my Reverb.com store. I post things there from time to time so why not bookmark it.
In the world of interfaces and guitars I'm rocking 4 sweet guitars including a 1979 The Paul, a 2014 Ibanez RG3550MZ, a 1985 Ibanez Roadstar II, a 2014 new old stock ESP LTD V401FM flying V and I recently got rid of my janky Ibanez Geo bass in favor of a really nice SR600. In addition, I now am using a Soundcraft Signature 12MTK mixer with Reaper for a wide range of recording options.
More on my workflow, configurations and howtos very soon!
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.