Hello everyone, and welcome to SLDMusic.com. The site is looking a bit anemic at this point, but I’ve got to start somewhere, right? Instead of spending hours and hours searching out the perfect layout and look for the site, or tinkering endlessly with webpage widgets or cool plugins, I’d really rather just get started writing and sharing my admittedly humble musical experiences with what I fully expect to be a frightfully small audience. Again, you have to start somehwere…
Let me get you started with a little information about me. My name is Scott Sizemore, I do lots of things, and have lots of diverse interests, but in order to avoid boring everyone to death, I’ll concentrate on my unremarkable music background and why I’m here. The short-ish version is that I’m a classically trained singer who wanted to become an audio engineer way back in my formative years, but for partly financial reasons, and mostly fear-based ones, I didn’t have the where-with-all to pursue that dream at the time. And in terms of do-it-yourself, even dipping your toes into audio production was prohibitively expensive back in the late eighties / early nineties when I was coming out of high school. Those restrictions helped make my career path decision for me, and I ended up pursuing a couple of theatrical lighting design degrees instead, which I incidentally loved and have no regrets about. And considering that I still work in a field closely related to my obscure degree, I feel pretty lucky. I’m lucky for lots of reasons, but more on that in time.
Fast forward twenty-two years later. In late 2010, as part of my tireless pursuit of new interests, I was dabbling in video editing, and trying to decide what software I might want to purchase to take that to another level. Along the way, and I don’t know why it took me this long to discover this, I found that music production had changed in ways that would have been hard for anyone to even imagine in the early nineties. In fact, it was no secret that computers had taken over the world, and as a technology guy, I was very much a part of the revolution, but what I had neglected to notice was what computers had done to transform what was possible in recording and producing music.
After having made this discovery, I was all in, and have been climbing a near vertical learning curve ever since. My first order of business was to read, and read I did. I read online forums, I read guides, I read magazines. Nothing was more profoundly useful in my early education about all this than Tweakheadz fantastic Guide to the Home Recording Studio. If you have any interest at all in this stuff, and need help, I would highly recommend reading it from virtual cover to virtual cover. It is a fantastic primer to the world of project studio music production.
Anyway, about a year after my revelation, I’ve now set up my own humble home studio–which thanks to my generous and unbelievably supportive wife is in it’s own dedicated room. I’ve started taking piano lessons again (used to take them when I was younger), I’ve started singing regularly again, I’ve created several original “songs” if you can call them that, recorded several “covers” of popular music, and done my own interpretations of more classical pieces that are meant to be performed rather than compared to definitive “original” recordings.
In my next installment, I’ll describe my studio setup–what I use and why–and give an introduction to what I plan to be a series of posts about my latest and so far most ambitious musical project, which is now just about nearing completion.
Thanks to the two of you who bothered to read this, and maybe I’ll see you next time… 🙂
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