Merchandise update

T-shirts are available! Featuring the iconic One Man Garage Band cover by Marsha Minten! Hit the Merchandise link and hop on out to our CafePress store. Don’t see the exact apparel you want? Email me and I’ll set it up.

Within the next two weeks I should have the One Man Garage Band CD for sale as well. For environmental reason, I encourage everyone who can to buy the digital download of the album, but if CD is still your thing, rest assured it’s on the way.

Digital distribution

Audio files were sent to the distributor today. Cover art has been finalized and will be sent shortly. I expect One Man Garage Band to be available for digital download (256 bit MP3, no DRM) by the first of next week at the latest.

UPDATE of 6/15/09: There was one addition approval step I didn’t realize existed. I had to “finalize” the album and listen to all the 30 second song clips to make sure that everything got digitized correctly. Obviously one wouldn’t want CD Baby to digitize a song and give it the wrong title or something, especially since once submitted to iTunes or Amazon it’s virtually impossible to change without deleting the album and resubmitting. Anyway, the upshot is that I’ve now completed that step and expect One Man Garage Band to be available in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Mastering and copyright

Turns out that I’ve neglected two important steps in the process: Mastering and copyright. Unfortunately, this may mean a delay of a couple weeks in getting One Man Garage Band out the door.

Mastering is an interesting process whereby the album’s sound frequencies are manipulated to—for lack of a better phrase—sound better. This has to do with compression and equalization of the audio. It’s not the same as mixing the tracks, but it can be used to bring out certain sounds in the mix and “punch up” the overall recording. I’ve listened to some before and after samples and consulted with my friend and professional musician Garr, and it’s obvious to me now that I need to have One Man Garage Band mastered.

Having the album mastered will cost several hundred dollars, and depending on how many copies are sold may end up eroding significantly or erasing entirely any profit. Nonetheless, I’d rather turn out the best work I can than make a fortune. Hopefully I and everyone else will be able to hear the difference.

The copyright process is not terribly difficult now that everything’s been moved online. It appears that once I have the final versions (post-mastering, in other words) I simply need to fill out a form, upload them, and pay $35 fee. This is, of course, copyright registration I’m talking about. The actual copyright itself already exists.

With the designer

A demo copy of the album was delivered to my graphic designer a week ago and I should have some preliminary album art by the end of the month. Once we’ve got that sorted, I’ll be putting together a PDF booklet of album liner notes and lyrics that will accompany the album should you choose to download it from CDBaby.com. We’re still on schedule for a mid-April release, which if you’ve read previous entries is later than I’d hoped, but still not so far away that I’m despairing. These things always take longer than you expect, especially the first time through.

Just one Purge to go

With the completion of Floating and Dreaming and America Flags only Purge remains before the album is completely recorded and mixed. I may change the track order—New World Redux now opens the set—but realistically this matters a lot less in an era of iTunes Store music singles. Regardless, you can see the current track list in the One Man Garage Band section of the website.

I’ll be meeting with my graphic designer to discuss album cover ideas (I have several) in the next few days. After that, we’ll be moving things to the distributor and sending out a one-time-only email to family and friends regarding the album’s availability. Stay tuned, we’re getting close now.

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