Saturday, April 2, 2005

Nuts and Bolts

SITTING PRETTY   <-- yeah yeah, click there for a TM music sample.
c. Trish Monaco 1999

Nuh-uh! Yah-huh!

I'm telling ya, I caught a bug.  After posting about that home studio (microphone) the other day, I've been researching about recording software and what's needed to get myself started with a home studio.  Ebrains has given me much food for thought and his suggested links led me to some free software for download.  Nuh-uh!  Yah-huh!

Clearly I don't have what I need to record professional sounding quality. No, I mean, I have no equipment. Nothing. Not even a microphone.  Thanks to my webcam, I have a pinhole mic.  But this recording software is what I've needed to get ideas down.  You know, from my head, to the computer and back to my head.  Just to see if it's remotely close to what it sounds like in my head.

So, this recording is literally the first scratch recording.  Just to see what it's all about.  Not a full song.  Just an effect or two.  And bang.  30 minutes later, I was done.  Nuh-uh!  Yah-huh!

Most of the time was spent trying to figure how to convert a .wav file to an .mp3 file.  I swear, sometimes I amaze even myself.

I recorded on KRISTAL Audio Engine (free download).  It doesn't translate to .mp3.  But it saves to .wav and a few others I didn't recognize.  But a .wav is a large file!  So, I opened the saved copy of the .wav in Musicmatch Jukebox (which I usually don't enjoy...but I like the benefits of easy file conversions) and converted it to .mp3.

Then I uploaded it to my AOL FTP space.

One thing KRISTAL couldn't do (or I just haven't figured it out yet) is an audio fade in/out.  So I opened Audacity the other free software I had downloaded just to see if it would have that function easily available.  Sure enough, it did.  But that's for use in another post.Nuh-uh! Yah-huh!

This is like a raw cut of original material.  Hey, it's a start.  Click here for full song lyrics.


andreakingme said...

So, uh, do you take requests? (Elton John. Crocodile Rock.)

Beautiful song and words, Trishy. And I love the graphic. (Vocals, somewhere in this vacinity. LOL!)

You're SO talented, Ms. Monaco. You really, really are.


ebrains2003 said...

Trish!  I am so proud of you!  You are truly learning the art of recording on a shoestring budget!  Webcam microphone, no less! LOL!  I once wrote a song while staying at a timeshare.  It was 3:00 AM and I was afraid I'd forget it by the next day.  So I called my toll free business number, laid the phone on the table and recorded it on my voice mail - guitar and all.  Granted, I had to play and sing very quietly...I didn't want the upstairs neighbors to call security.

So who is the extra voice in your recording?  Did you have a backup singer, or was that you multi-tracking?  Kudos on digging up all the various software freebie programs.  You are off to a great start!

phlskygirl said...

Thanks for the right-click tip!  I can't believe I didn't know you could do that!  I also can't believe that was done with a pin-hole microphone, either... the very same kind I did my own recordings on (singing my dad the happy b-day song whilst sucking on a helium balloon).  Somehow yours sounds *much* better!  :o)~


bridgetteleigh75 said...

God, I love your voice, Trish.  You even sound incredible on a pinhole mic.  I'm so glad you've decided to give music another try...

Since you're taking requests (see Andrea's comment)...I have one as well.  Elton John's, "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues."  <grin>  For whatever reason, Doug and I listened to that song constantly on our honeymoon, so it brings back great memories (yea, I know...hubba, hubba LOL).

Anyway...I'm lovin' it, TM.  


cyndygee said...

What a wonderful talent.  What a great gift!


aims814 said...

I could get lost, reading your lyrics. I'd forgotten what an excellent song writer you are. Aim high for those dreams, girl. You have everything that it takes!

Love you!

andreakingme said...

Oh, I love the new sidebar pic! Tres chic.

judithheartsong said...

you need a studio of your very own!!! judi

mikethedawg said...

Woo hoo! Right on... Now we just need to get you a better mic, maybe a four track, a killer bar stool with like an Ernie Ball logo, some new guitar strings....and voila', you're in business!
All this talk about wav files, mp3's...all those wires to webcam, guitar,'s all making my brain a little crazy. What is this language you speak? Think I'll stick with pulling taters outta da garden.

olddog299 said...

Trish, get the LAME dll file from the audacity web site's link - it will let you save your file as an .mp3 instead of having to go to a second program.  I liked the tune, by the way.


kristeenaelise said...

(You've seen this somewhere else...)  It sucks not!  From what I've heard, you are really quite talented.  I love it!

My ex is a musician too, and he's made an entire studio out of stuff like that in the basement.  It actually sounds quite good!  Its been a real blast for him, and now that he's not touring with a band anymore he's actually making a little side money making demos for the up-and-comers in town.  Its been convenient too, having the ability to produce from home.

It was a pleasure hearing you sing.  Honest.  Thanks for sharing with us.

=) kris

deabvt said...

Aww, free...what an emotive voice! And thank you for sharing the lyrics. I`m always amazed at singer-songwriters.