live at brookdale 8/10/2012

Due to the rainout of Songwriters in the Park, we went over to the Brookdale TV studio and recorded sets that will air this fall. My camcorder captured my set from the back of the room – here’s one of the tracks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdqtiARssjE

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draw the line release

The “Draw The Line” album is done! I have a lot to say about it – how it was created, and what took so long. But for now, I’ll just say that I’m really excited that it is done. Please look for it in the very near future on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Track listing:

1) start over again
2) this is who we are
3) draw the line
4) at the end of the day
5) you found me
6) the haunting
7) wake up world
8) draw the line (alternate)

monitor exploration

Recently, I have been deeply exploring recording and mixing. For some reason, I am attracted to the study of things that cannot be perfected, can be done in a variety of ways successfully (and more likely unsuccessfully) – basically, things that are a never ending struggle. However, I am making headway and may get where I want to be within a century or two lol.

I have changed a lot about the way I listen to mixes and on what. First, I changed the setup in my mixing room based on some things I learned from Bobby Owsinski’s web stuff. I have used a pair of Tannoy PBM 6.5 monitors for a long time. I have now moved them further away from my listening position, and also moved the monitors further apart. In conjunction with this, I moved my listening position away from the wall so that I now sit about 35% of the way into the room. I immediately noticed that it was easier to hear things like depth and width in the mix. Great.

The next step was to acquire a pair of Avantone MixCube speakers. These are sort of crappy sounding speakers that I listen to from a close distance (where I used to keep my Tannoys). While I would never make tonal adjustments with these, they are great for level adjustments since you do not get fooled by something sounding good.

I’ve got both pairs of monitors connected to my Hafler amp with a switch that lets me control which speakers are on.

So, this was all great and improved my mixes. However, I was still struggling with getting the bottom end to translate well to other listening environments. Particularly, I would end up with too little or too much deep bass.

It occurred to me that I was not accurately hearing deep bass frequencies through my Tannoys and that adding a sub-woofer might be the solution. However, after much research on the topic, I learned that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to properly add a sub-woofer and in fact would probably worsen my situation.

Having always heard that you should not mix on headphones, I was surprised to learn that a number of top engineers recommended checking low frequency balance and tone through high quality headphones to solve this apparently common problem. Now, I have a pair of Bose headphones that put out a lot of bass information, but while the tone is OK to listen on, it is not detailed enough for critical mix decisions. So, based on recommendations and research, I settled on a pair of Sennheiser HD-650 headphones. Wow, what a difference. I can really hear the bottom end as it really is and make good mix decisions that translate well.

I will post about more audio explorations soon, including compressor and vocal mic insanity. And of course, there will be more music coming.

Peace,
Bruce

single #1 is here

My new release, “Single #1”, is available NOW on iTunes and Amazon’s mp3 store. I really tried hard to do my best with this on all fronts, songs, performances and production. Will begin work on Single #2 soon.

at the end of the day

The second song on “Single #1” is called “at the end of the day”, a song inspired by my oldest son who turns 17 years old today.

at the end of the day

the wind of disappointment puffs up your shirt
you can’t lift your head up tears fall in the dirt
when something’s so close and still slips away
it can leave you so empty at the end of the day

time can’t be stopped it happens so fast
it’s a futile hope for any moment to last
i wish i could turn my thoughts into something to say
so let me just hold you at the end of the day

days – together we will stay
i’ll be there for you always
my love will never wane
at the end of the day

i don’t want to lose you but i know you can’t stay
it’s a big world waiting where you’ll make your way
i can’t imagine not seeing your face
you’re always there inside me and each night i will pray
that you go to sleep with my love in your heart at the end of the day

days – together we will stay
i’ll be there for you always
my love will never wane
at the end of the day

© 2011 bruce tunkel

draw the line

With the release coming soon, I wanted to write a bit about the songs on “single #1”. The first song is called “draw the line”.  I am passionate in my belief that people should not be discriminated against based on their religious beliefs (or lack thereof) or sexual orientation, and that society needs to move away from ideas that segregate us. It’s my opinion that people who hold their beliefs as superior to others are dangerous and must be fought against.

draw the line

wind slowly moves dark clouds
the sun does battle with the rain
hear the thunder growing loud
hear the wounded cry in pain

our freedom’s like the rocks that stand
against the waves that try to smash it into sand
now it’s time we take a stand

the devil dresses up as god
makes it easier to hide
you’ve got to ask which way your going
it’s not enough to go on the ride

our freedom’s like the rocks that stand
against the waves that try to smash it into sand
now it’s time we take a stand

we’ll choose what we believe
who we love and our deity
we’ve got to draw the line

get ready for a fight
they mixed up wrong and right
and we’re running out of time

we see what we want to fear
the writing’s on the streets
creeping in from far to near
the answers are always incomplete

our freedom’s like the rocks that stand
against the waves that try to smash it into sand
now it’s time to take a stand

we’ll choose what we believe
who we love and our deity
we’ve got to draw the line

get ready for a fight
they mixed up wrong and right
and we’re running out of time

©2011 bruce tunkel