Independent Singer Songwriter – Jamie Leger

An engaging fusion of infectious melody, rhythmic & soulful music, with piercingly honest lyrical content; Léger’s unique vocal tones and story based songwriting is a refreshing dose of good old heart and soul.

“Pop sensibilities…add to the sophisticated R&B / jazz infused guitar”- (Taxi)

Check out my music – kicking butt on the Soundclick charts Independent Singer Songwriter – Jamie Leger

Biggest Things I Learned in 2011

As 2011 wraps up, i’ve taken some time to reflect on all that’s happened this year, and i’m kind of inspired by just
how big of year it has been. Aside from quitting all nicotene for good, TOTALLY NAILING my fitness and
health goals, and successfully getting a business of the ground…! I completed all the outstanding court
crap… The judge actually waived my fines and costs, and thanked me, it was amazing!

I was consistent and persistent all year, and although i didn’t hit my financial goals, i’ve learned that there are
things i cannot control, and that i shouldn’t set goals that rely on things that i cannot control. Most of all i’ve
learned that i shouldn’t be so hard on myself.

Plugs, Cables, and Connections

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Home Recording Cables and Plugs

In setting up your home studio, you learned how to assemble your equipment in regards to spacial consideration, workflow optimization and organization. However, the cables and connectors are truly the ties that bind and make everything work together. Understanding which plug is needed where, and what each plug does is important information for any recording or home studio commando.

In this article you will learn:

  • The cords, cables, and connections used in music production
  • What they do and where they go
  • Most common uses

1/4” Analog

The most common and popular cord you may recognize is the 1/4 inch analog plug. Their are two flavors mono, known as TS, (Tip sleeve) and stereo, known as TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve)

Setting Up a Home Studio (Part 2)

This is the second part of a this mini-series, if you haven’t yet read the first post you’ll want to read Setting up a Home Studio.

The Studio Chair

This leads us into our next key piece of equipment to rig up a comfortable and efficient home/project recording studio, the studio chair.

This can be an overlooked, yet vital piece of equipment for any producer or home recordist. The chair will also effect the level and height, and sometimes, in my opinion, it always, better to be able to adjust. Get an adjustable chair. Preferably not something that squeeks alot, but invest a little time and money into getting at least a decent chair. One of the staple line of chairs for music producers are the Aeron Chairs by Herman Miller, but not everyone can afford that.

Understanding Studio Monitors

NO, we are not talking about the screen you are reading this article on, those are computer monitors. icon smile Understanding Studio Monitors

Studio monitors look like high tech, expensive speakers… That’s because, well, they are.
But unlike an expensive stereo speaker system, they’re purpose is much less fancy, and much more practical. The goal in any monitoring system is not to enhance the sound and produce the highest fidelity, it is to be as transparent as possible.

Studio Monitors, also commonly referred to as reference monitors, are the means of translating the sounds and music you are mixing, thus you want them to provide as accurate a translation as possible.

Do I Need a Mixer for Home Recording?

Producing music in a home studio has never been more accessible or cost effective than it is today. One of the main configuration options that impacts the core of your recording rig is whether you want an audio mixer, or mixing board, to be the heart of your home studio.

The mixer-less studio option is a significant evolution to the world of audio recording and music production, primarily because what it has done is removed the main barrier that kept you and i from recording and producing our own music. The cost of the vintage mixing console you’ll see in pictures of professional studios may be more than what you paid for your house…

Recording With Microphones

If you have not already completed the article on understanding different mic types, selection, and uses, then
read that article first —> “Microphone Types“

When tracking, or recording with microphones… Its important to understand that microphones are tools that are used to capture the sounds of a performance whether that be of the voice, an instrument, or another source. The technique you are using to record that source is even more important than the microphone selection itself.

In this article you will learn that the way microphones are used, mic placement, and microphone technique, are the most important factors of recording with microphones. We will also walk through the pieces of the signal chain that are going to effect the quality of the audio you are recording, and then wrap up with some techniques for microphone recording.

Microphone Types and Uses for Home Recording

In a home studio, mobile, pro, or makeshift recording environment, there is no best microphone.

There are many different microphone types, each catering to specific uses. The best microphone to use is the best mic for the individual job. The chronological sequence of steps you should follow in order to select the right microphone for the job are:

  1. The right mic type for a specific application
  2. Proceeded by a proper assessment of your budget/resources
  3. And finally your individual stylistic preferences based on the sound characteristics you are trying to produce.

This article will uncover microphone types and uses for home recording and music production.

Understanding Digital Audio and Midi in The Home Recording Studio

When it comes to producing music in a home studio, one of the most important things you need to understand in regards to editing or signal processing capabilities – is the distinctions between audio and midi. This article will give you an understanding of audio, digital audio, and midi in the home recording studio.

Audio and Midi are very different in what they are capable of from a production standpoint, and their overall nature. Knowing these differences is an essential part of understanding how digital music is produced.

By the time we’re done, you will learn:

  • The practical and technical differences between audio, digital audio, and midi.
  • Why you need to understand the distinctions.

All Fines and Costs Waived Probation Completed

Today was an incredible day, and although i don’t spend much time writing or talking about myself i thought i’d share the short story of a victorious day.

On OCT 27 2010 I woke up on a jailhouse floor, my head pounding against a slab of concrete. Unaware of how i got there, and unsure of what happened to my jeep, plus thousands of dollars of DJ equipment.

I later found out that i had passed out in my jeep a couple blocks away from a party i was DJing for my buddies birthday.

A year of probation later, i was struggling to make the payments for the fines and costs involved from my incident last year.