Now We Are Moving!

2 songs released in 1 year, yea it’s a miracle!  For whatever reason, we got more people in this project and we get more stuff done…and that’s a good thing.  I think this new song turned out absolutely great and I can only imagine it will keep getting better the more we use the new equipment.  We have been talking about recording another original song but honestly, that all depends on Tom & Steve’s creativity/collaboration.  Oh yea, Steve is now back as a full member of Red Gear doing mainly guitar work and will fill in on anything else he can bring to the table; except drums -THOSE ARE MINE!  😉  So without further delay, here is our newest song, an 80’s Robert Tepper & Rocky movie classic covered by Bullet For My Valentine and shredded up by us….’No Easy Way Out’.  Enjoy

New Gear = Lots of Excitement & Work

So it took many years but I have finally got the drums I have always wanted, which are the Roland TD-30KSE!  With this drum kit, I can do so much more than I could ever do with the old Roland TD-7 kit.  I am still figuring stuff out every time I play with the kit and add the fact I am still learning Reaper; yea there is a lot going on.  The really great thing with this kit is the individual drum trigger outputs I can do which means I can have separate tracks in reaper of just those sounds.  This gives me greater control of the sound as well as makes it easier to fix mistakes while tracking.

Speaking of tracking, today I finished the drum tracks for the next song we are doing.  You can find a drum video I did for the song in the Videos section which is a plain jane sounding version because no FX or EQ are added as it was pre-mix.  I also like using Reaper alot, lots of great stuff in this DAW, thanks Frank for converting us!

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It Was A Rough One, But Surprises Are A Plenty!

Back in 2010, Peter Steele the lead singer for one of my all time favorite bands Type O Negative had passed away.  I always loved the music that Type O had made and his passing had a real effect on my; still does to this day.  So I was jamming to alot of Type O Negative songs and one of those tracks was Blood & Fire.  I had originally recorded a drum video for this song back in 1995 and I felt that I needed to revisit this song again with another drum video with my current electronic drum kit in early 2011.  The recording of this song turned out so great that I saved the session for Red Gear to eventually complete.

Come 2016, the time came to finish the song and boy was it a challenge.  Tom had a rough time with the guitars on this song but in the end, I think he nailed it.  This song brought in a whole new set of challenges from keyboards, drop tuning, acoustic guitars, weird effects, and to top it all off, we were learning a new recording program.  Frank did an awesome job teaching us the program as we had questions and did a very solid bass & keyboard track for the song.

Another surprise, we asked Steve (from the Mind Blender project) to assist with this song and he helped Tom with some guitar backing tracks under the acoustic sections.  His parts are subtle, but play a big role in filling in the parts.  Thanks Steve!

Something from the Vault

While cleaning up our sessions folder, we found this one just sitting there from 2009. We never put it out because, well it’s not very metal, but Tom wrote it and it’s got some goods to it. It really reminds me of when Pearl Jam re-released ‘Last Kiss’, just has that feeling to it. Enjoy & giggle.

Super Mega Huge News Update

It has been almost 5 months since the last update and alot has happened since then; specifically in the past 3 weeks.  So being a drummer, I will go first…I mean we are the first tracks to be laid in the studio so why not?  As I have said in one of my last updates, my TD-7 drum module lost all it’s sounds when the backup battery died.  I have been bummed at that situation since and have not even really played since then.  So after about 7 years of begging my wife to get a new electronic drumkit, she finally said yes!  So in the fall of 2016 I plan to get the Roland TD-30KV!

I am not the only one getting new gear, Tom finally got an electric acoustic guitar.  This is going to open us up to doing alot of wider range of songs, both cover tunes, and original tunes.  He has already been laying down some test tracks to figure out which sounds are the best and which settings to use in the DAW.  Also, he recently got a new footboard/processor for his guitar work and I have heard some of the tones coming from that and it’s a huge upgrade from his previous equipment.  Now I just need him to update his bio with the new gear.

Next, it is with true excitement that we welcome in a new member to the Red Gear project!  Frank joins our project to lay down bass tracks and he brings a huge wealth of knowledge to the engineering/mixing department that we so desperately needed!  Frank is bringing our Red Gear project to the 21 century by transferring us to a new DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) called Reaper.  This program is massive, powerful, and it rivals Pro Tools!  Frank has been teaching me alot of things with this program and it’s going to take me years to figure it all out.  With this new DAW and Frank’s knowledge, we will be putting out some high quality tunes very soon.

You may have also noticed a little change around the Red Gear website as well.  I have updated the Bio page with Frank’s information and Frank then pointed out to me some of the things I have neglected over the years.  First and foremost, our media player was not mobile friendly which is an important feature that is needed.  So now all our music is hosted on Soundcloud and this allows playback in both mobile phones & tablets. You can also now download the songs for yourself! Next, our Videos page has been dysfunctional for sometime and I finally fixed that.

Finally, we have a tune that is being worked on that is using a drum track from the old Roland TD-7 drumkit; yes the track has been sitting for that long.  The great thing about this song is that it will feature Tom’s new electric acoustic guitar, Frank on Bass & mixing the song, drop B tuning, and some neat sound effects from the electronic kit!

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