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Hey, everyone. As per usual, I’ve been doing things and not writing about them. So I’d like to take a moment to update everyone on what’s been going on with the site and the music.

First of all, you may have noticed we’ve reverted back to the original layout. I’m working on understanding how to implement WordPress into completely custom themes. The original layout was very lightweight and easy to experiment with. So far, all of the features have functioned normally. I’m going to open registrations soon and hopefully that will allow you all to engage with the posts on the site again.

I’ve moved the bloggy posts over to Rambusco, keeping the Waiting Room strictly about my music. If you want to read my rants, go over there. I guess this was just a way so I don’t alienate anyone away from the music here, since that’s what’s more important.

I’ve not been working on many art projects, like usual. I will fix the page and probably not bother separating it by year anymore. I don’t think I do enough to where that even matters. I do have some newer pieces I want to post.

No new game projects have been worked on. Although I’ve thought about possibly using Flash for the games on the site instead of Vitalize! to make them more cross-platform friendly. We’ll see how it goes when I get back into it.

Now, for the big one. The music stuff. First, I’d like to say that I’m currently in the process of working out another custom guitar with Mills Custom Guitars. We’re probably going to write a duet to show the axes off. He’s also going to be making a video about this build. I’d love to show it off to you guys when it’s done. :)

I’m also considering making a short neoclassical metal release similar to the Solfeggietto one I put together to show off the custom. If you’d be interested in something like that or have suggestions of what you’d want to hear, feel free to let me know!

The Doom re-recordings are not abandoned. If you look at the ZDoom post, it’s been about 4 years since I’ve updated it. Yes, I do want to finish the project. In the mean time, my buddy Andrew Hulshult has been putting together an awesome Doom remix album called IDKFA. I’d recommend checking his out if you’re itching for a metal Doom soundtrack.

BattleToads X re-recordings will probably be worked on sometime after Doom. I’ve appreciated all the feedback I’ve gotten over the years and would love to implement some of the suggestions into the re-release you all have given me.

I mentioned a while ago I was working on a Ninja Turtles remix album called Pizza Power. While I don’t plan on abandoning the idea, it’s definitely gone on hiatus in favour of working on album comprised of older songs that didn’t have an official release. I’m still on the search for a singer for the album, but as soon as there’s a demo or something available, I’ll come back with an udpate.

Speaking of singers, Jacob Minyard and I are still working on our djent project. We’re still scouting for a vocalist for that too, but our track list is ever expanding. We’re going to be putting a song together for Nintendocore Lives’ Super Smash Bros. compilation. That drop should be happening in a few months. We’re also looking at putting out a single, an EP and an album for the project.

Videos are still a way off. I want to get a decent camera and a backdrop for the videos. I might look at making some streaming videos for the YouTube audience which will probably be cross posted here. We’ll see when the time comes.

Hopefully, I’ll get back on the music making game very soon. I’ll keep everyone here and on Facebook updated. My Twitter is still just a mess, though. Thanks for your patience, everyone. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


November 2nd, 2015Solfeggietto.

Custom guitar by Mills Custom Guitars.

First recording on my custom guitar! :D

Guitar made by Mills Custom Guitars (http://www.facebook.com/millscustomguitars/).
Using BareKnuckle Pickups Juggernauts (http://www.bareknucklepickups.co.uk/).

Guitar Amp – Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier
Guitar Cab – Mesa Rectifier 4 x 12
Speakers – Celestion Vintage 30

Bass Amp – Ampeg SVT-4 PRO
Bass Cab – Ampeg SVT-810E
Speakers – Ampeg SVT-10

Guitars – Custom Ibanez RG170
Tuning – Standard
Bass – Fernandes Gravity 6
Tuning – Bass 6-string Standard

Drums by Jacob Minyard (https://soundcloud.com/vp-ofthe-moon).


September 13th, 2015Underworld.

I was going to wait to upload this one, but @nicholas-darrell-stafford wanted moar, so here you go, dude!

Guitar Amp – Carvin V3M
Guitar Cab – Mesa Rectifier 4 x 12
Speakers – Celestion Vintage 30

Bass Amp – Ampeg SVT-4 PRO
Bass Cab – Ampeg SVT-810E
Speakers – Ampeg SVT-10

Guitars – Ibanez RGIX20FEQM
Tuning – Dropped C
Bass – Fernandes Gravity 6
Tuning – Bass 6-string Standard

Drums by Jacob Minyard (https://soundcloud.com/vp-ofthe-moon).


September 12th, 2015Ice Cap Zone.

Everyone always asks me to do this one, so here you go!

Guitar Amp – Jet City JCA100H
Guitar Cab – Mesa Rectifier 4 x 12
Speakers – Celestion Vintage 30

Bass Amp – Ampeg SVT-4 PRO
Bass Cab – Ampeg SVT-810E
Speakers – Ampeg SVT-10

Lead guitars – Ibanez RGIX20FEQM
Tuning – Dropped C
Rhythm guitars – Ibanez RGIX27FEQM
Tuning – Dropped G
Bass – Fernandes Gravity 6
Tuning – Dropped G

Art by Allie Zolciak (https://soundcloud.com/nima-doodle).
Drums by Jacob Minyard (https://soundcloud.com/vp-ofthe-moon).


August 15th, 2015Absolute Zero.

I read somewhere that you NEED a good guitar for a good tone. Let me see how true that is. For this song, I used my nephew’s First Act starter guitar (model ME538). You can buy this guitar for $30. Outside of putting on some D’addario XLs and setting it up, this guitar is completely stock.

The song was picked by him. I asked him what he’d like me to record, and he said Zero’s themes. I made a medley of Zero’s themes from Mega Man X to Mega Man X6 in this order: X2, X3, X, X4, X5 (keyboard solo), X5, X4 (guitar solo), X6.

Now, I usually use a Dual Rectifier to record. So, in keeping with the theme of an inexpensive setup, I used Le456 (a free amp sim), LeCab 2 (a free cab sim) with the Critical Cab impulses ($5).

So, what do you think? Do you need an expensive guitar for good tone? Or can you work within your limits and trust your ears?

Art by Dustin Walker (http://dustinwalkerart.deviantart.com/).
Drums by Jacob Minyard (https://soundcloud.com/vp-ofthe-moon)

Critical Cabs – http://www.criticalcabs.com/
Le456 – http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/2009/10/le456.html
LeCab – http://lepouplugins.blogspot.com/2010/12/lecab2-vst-for-windows.html


November 2nd, 2014Are You Insane?

Are You Insane?

Greetings, everyone! About two weeks ago, Nick Wilke and I proposed a Line 6 Insane mixing challenge in a thread in Chango. After some conversation about a piece we could do, we opted to do an original song written by Jacob Minyard and re-arranged by me for a band we’re no longer in. I’ve compiled and uploaded the files tonight and I’m sharing them for you all to try your hand at mixing them!

The Line 6 Insane Mixing Challenge rules are simple: Your guitars may only use the Line 6 Insane channel for tone. The rest of the mix is entirely up to you. I have provided a clean DI of the guitars, basses, keyboards and drums as well as a MIDI of the full song for your reference. You may choose to edit the bass, keyboard and drum samples I have provided or feel free to create your own. The sub drops and reverse cymbal and snare have also been provided. Tempo is 143 BPM and it remains constant throughout the whole song.

This is my first time ever doing a release like this, so if there is anything I could have done better, please let me know. Good luck and happy mixing!

http://mus.thewaitingroom.org/carlsjr/

To start off, I will post my mix. I strongly encourage you to try mixing it yourself before listening to my version, but it’s a good place to get started.

Greetings, everyone! About two weeks ago, Nick Wilke and I proposed a Line 6 Insane mixing challenge in a thread in Chango. After some conversation about a piece we could do, we opted to do an original song written by Jacob Minyard and re-arranged by me for a band we’re no longer in. I’ve compiled and uploaded the files tonight and I’m sharing them for you all to try your hand at mixing them!

The Line 6 Insane Mixing Challenge rules are simple: Your guitars may only use the Line 6 Insane channel for tone. The rest of the mix is entirely up to you. I have provided a clean DI of the guitars, basses, keyboards and drums as well as a MIDI of the full song for your reference. You may choose to edit the bass, keyboard and drum samples I have provided or feel free to create your own. The sub drops and reverse cymbal and snare have also been provided. Tempo is 143 BPM and it remains constant throughout the whole song.

This is my first time ever doing a release like this, so if there is anything I could have done better, please let me know. Good luck and happy mixing!

http://mus.thewaitingroom.org/carlsjr/

Edit: The guitars.zip and guitars-fix.zip files have been merged. If you downloaded the guitars.zip file after November 3rd, you do not need guitars-fix.zip. I will remove the file on November 7th.

I accidentally failed to upload one potion of the guitars starting at bar 82. These were put on another channel in my mix since I used a lo-fi effect on them. I’ve uploaded them in the directory as guitars-fix.zip.

One thing I forgot to mention: pre and post effects are allowed, but try to keep it minimal. I did a LPF and HPF on my tone and a small EQ notch to remove some fizz. Don’t go too crazy.

All of the files start at the beginning and are cut off when the sample rings out.

If you want a non-compressed version of the Are You Insane picture for your timeline, here you go: http://img.thewaitingroom.org/music/insane.png


October 3rd, 2014Custom Guitars.

Early morning, got bored. So I designed some fretless guitars and matching fretless basses from Halo Custom Guitars. What do you think of the designs?

I’d actually want the guitars to be 10-string and the bass to be 7-string (I don’t know if they have that option on the site) but you can’t preview designs on the 10-string portion yet. :(

I’d also prefer the blue to have a burst, but as far as I know, that needs to be stated in the special instructions so you can’t preview it.

Some stuff not shown: Strap Locks, Kill Switch, Locking Output Jack, Luminlay Side Markers.

What would you make? http://www.haloguitars.com/store/Halo-Custom-Shop/
Guitars:

Maple Merus Mahagony Guitar.Maple Merus Blue Guitar.

Basses:
Maple Merus Mahagony Bass.Maple Merus Blue Bass.

Edit: With the update of the guitar customisation tool, it’s now possible to add a burst. :) Still can’t preview 10-string selections yet, though. :(


August 9th, 2014Annual update.

I say that jokingly. I’m very bad about updating my front page, but there are songs constantly being updated on here. Sometimes, I forget to even change the ones that are updated so everyone knows what’s changing and what’s not. I’m bad. I know. I’m sorry.

As you may have noticed, I did do a change over to WordPress. It’s not that bad of a change, but I’m still getting used to it. I haven’t seen any activity, but to be fair, I’m not doing anything really noteworthy either. As a CMS, I’d say it’s doing alright. I’ll probably start doing some HTML 5 streaming on the site somewhat soon. Hopefully that will alleviate a lot of the issues people have streaming to my site.

So, what else is new? Well, Gestahlt is no more. In fact, I probably really need to rewrite my whole “About me” page. Liam and I decided to condense projects and can Gestahlt and Totenkreuz. I ended up with the Totenkreuz songs and he ended up with the Gestahlt songs. We recorded and released his album, Dogma, in June which is comprised of a lot of the old songs. I did the drums, bass and guitars on it as well as his production. You can check it out on his Bandcamp.

In some other news, I have two guitars being worked on right now. Namely, Hello Kitty and the good ol’ Ibanez RG170DX that KT and Tyler gave me for my 17th birthday. They are in the care of Mills Custom Guitars. Give him a like on Facebook and subscribe on YouTube.

Expect a new album of original material when they’re complete, alongside a complete reworking of the Doom soundtracks, the Operation Serpent soundtrack and a couple of other projects in the future.


December 24th, 2013Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!


February 13th, 2012Down, but not out.

This is the post no one ever wants to write. Ever. This is the post I hope none of my fellow creative minds will ever have to write. Everything is gone.

Yes, gone into the abyss of corrupted hard drive failure and irretrievable clusters. Lost in a void of ones and zeroes that don't make any sense. It's all gone.

So, what do you do from this point? Well, you rebuild! You have to bounce back, better than ever before. Believe me, everyone. That is what will happen.

From my personal project to every project I worked on. I will do it all again. It took me six years to get this far. Let's see if we can get it all back. This isn't my goodbye to music, nor is it something I'll just give up on. This will happen.

I'm so sorry, everyone. I will bring it back.

Shane


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