I do apologize! It has been far too long since I posted an update, and I'm sure you'd like to know how things are going!
There have been a lot of bumps in the road this album with things going wrong and scheduling issues and whatnot, but the album is still moving forward. I am now working out of two studios, SeaFire (with Alec as my main Engineer) and Criminal Studios (Which is local and easier to schedule with). This does make for interesting times as we pass music back and forth between them. Most of the recording is happening at Criminal Studios, with Dara making some of the obvious fixes before handing the files off to Alec.
I made the move for a couple of reasons, one being that the roads get untrustworthy this time of year going to SeaFire, and the other being that I can save a considerable amount of money on travel. I am so far coming in over budget due to some unfortunate recording problems, so saving money where I can is a Good Thing.
I now have FIVE guitar players on the album, with only a couple more guitar parts that need to be done. (Rob Lindfors, Alexander James Adams, SJ Tucker, Mickey Phoenix and Wednesday Phoenix). No, I don't intend to have that many at my album release concert. ^_^ I've been going with who I can get when I can get them so the album can get finished that much sooner.
I also have TWO cellists, Betsy Tinney and her student Jeri Lynn who is joining the album for one song (Voiceless).
I've got... SIX singers. (Me, Alec, Mickey, Wednesday, Jeri Lynn, and I'm hoping the final one works out) Not on everything, but all the ladies can be heard on Voiceless.
As I was saying, guitar has been recorded for all but one or two songs. Cello has been recorded for about half, My final vocals are underway (recording more of them today in fact). They've been waiting on the instrumentals, because I always sing better once the cello is in the mix.
My current goal is to have everything done being recorded and mixed by the end of January in order to have the album ready in time for Norwescon. From there, I've allotted a month for mastering and another month for replication. If something goes wrong, that month of replication can act as a bit of a buffer. As long as the mastering is done by a week before the release date, I can do a short run of duplicated CD's for the release concert, so one way or another I have high hopes of being done in time!
I'm working on putting together some youtube videos from my Halloween concert, at least one of which features a song from the new album, so I'll be sure to let you know when it is up. For those of you who get early access to the music, expect to start seeing some of that in the next month or two as Alec starts sending me mixes for approval.
Also, if you're curious, Dara at Criminal Studios has a blog in which she talks about some of the process, as well as some great music that is nothing like mine! So wander over and check it out!