The studio is officially "finished," which is to say that we've spent as much money as we could on it without scaring our significant others into breaking up with us.
For a couple of bum composers assembling their first home studio, it ain't a bad setup! A shiny new mac pro (in a ghetto-rigged case), the novation SL62MK1 as our MIDI controller, a beautiful Project Mix ProTools I/O (thanks to James), and a host of really powerful, really versatile programs: Native Instruments Komplete and Superior Drummer, just to name a few. We also got to use a wonderful Blue Cactus mic, on loan to us from the very generous, very dear Tony Berg.
Only two days after we installed the last program, we took the studio on a test run with a new friend and extra-super awesome vocalist Anthony D'Amato.
I seriously believe it was destiny that drew us to Anthony. In the course of auditioning vocalists, we came across a Craigslist ad Anthony had recently posted. He announced himself as a singer passing through Chicago with just one free day. After listening to his voice on a few youtube videos, we had to meet this guy.
It turns out that Anthony D'Amato is awesome,and by awesome, I mean EXTRA awesome. What a nice guy, and what an incredible voice! After a happy first meeting we invited Anthony to come and stay with us for a few days to record some vocals and to have a lot of fun making music. The product is this: "The Fisher King," now freshly redone with lots of bold voices. We have a few more in the can we'll be working on for Mr. D'Amato's next visit in a few weeks. Stay tuned!