Day 13 - Back-up problems

This morning I went down to get some breakfast and checked on the backups, only to find the computer screen cluttered with error messages. Hhmm… somethings wrong here. After some investigation it came clear that one of the Firewire 800 outputs of the Master disc drive was fried. And since we used that port to hook up my back-up drive and other drives, those drives now had a fried Firewire 800 port as well.
So after doing a full backup of the main computer drive (which took for ever) Rich finally was able to start with mixing. Man we have lost so much time…
We continued working on effects. Deciding on the type of effects needed, dialing them in, and processing them. We did the last drum room recordings, that we could not do yesterday, as I forgot to clean the tom tracks for the last song. Man, it is so clear how that live-natural-reverb-drum-recordings improve the overall drumsound. It’s massive! Love it.
Of course in a analog realm (or at least as much as we can) we HAVE to use the Echoplex. Love the sound of a tape-echo and it’s on all the vocals and some guitars. The real deal! 😉 Of course we use some digital effects & plugins, but whenever we can we use an analog one. To me it gives the digitally recorded tracks much more beef and feel and depth, even when after processing, it gets printed back into ProTools, so it’s digital again. Still it makes a big difference.
When Rich was doing his little tweaks I decided to make another bonus track. The orchestra tracks are by itself so beautiful, that it’s very enjoyable even just by them selfs. So I’m making a sort of compilation of all those tracks. A sort of short Orchestral Suite. Hopefully it works out, so we have some extra’s to put in there.
Around 8pm Rich finished the second track of the album, called Salvation. We did some intensive listening and tweaking, and around 10pm it was ready to send to the others. Hopefully they like it!
I’m now touching up the orchestra outtakes edits, starting the back-up job (hope for the best) on the main computer and then it’s off to bed.

About the author
I am drummer of the Dutch post-prog band Dilemma ( and drummer and founder of the progressive rock/metal band Affector ( a musician I made a name in the progressive rock scene as drummer, bandleader and tour manager of the progressive rock legend Neal Morse (Transatlantic / Flying Colors / ex-Spock’s Beard). With him and a lot of other acts, I toured the world and recorded many best-selling CD's. I own a music studio and label, where I record, produce and release my own music and other bands & artists.Next to being a musician, I am an entrepreneur since the age of 19. I started 4 businesses. My main company is Novae Popschool ( A modern music school with multiple locations throughout The Netherlands.As musician, producer, teacher, author and entrepreneur I work with a mission: "I help musicians create and develop their own musical singularity, through which they will have a more successful and more fulfilling life. It is my mission to contribute to a more socially, loving and caring society through the power of music and modern music education.Rock on!
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