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Tula Hykel Singing
Tula putting down the lyrics.

We spent some time today recording a piece of music to use at the beginning of the Puppet making tutorial videos. I’ve been mucking about with the tune on the piano for ages ,and written a few lyrics, that Tula has been practicing singing. Today was the day to get it down.

Recording Equipment

Over the last few years we’ve been practicing a fair bit of music and have collected the kit to have a little recording studio in our dining room. We’ve got a Yamaha audiogram 6 sound card and the recording program Cubase AI came with it. A Sure SM58 mic, running through the Boss VE-20 Vocal Processor, is great for recording and adding effects to vocals, harmonica and guitar. Plus, we’ve got an Art compressor mic that sits on top of the Yamaha U3 piano. To put down beats and effects we’ve got a Korg Kaossilator and a Monotron, also an old Yamaha keyboard for some digital playing. A Tanglewood acoustic and a Yamaha electric surfice as guitars (one day I would love to have a Les Paul) running the electric through a Boss ME-50 multi effects pedal with a wah-wah. A handful of harmonicas in several different keys do very nicely and a set of Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones work as well as the reviews say they do.

Writing music and recording is fun for us now!

I’d like to thank my good friend, and brilliant musician, Benji Bower for encouraging me to try to understand music and for teaching me to get my head around musical recording softwear, you are a fantastic inspiration!

We are pleased with what we’ve got down so far, Tula did a great job with the singing, but the music around it is very rough still and will need a fair bit more work before it’s ready to be our intro track.

I should probably get on with a bit of that now. I can’t wait to get it done and onto some videos.

A handful of harps
A handful of harps

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