The team has recently finished a week of recording at Aire Born Studios in Indianapolis, IN, and we are thrilled with how it has turned out!

  

We entered the studio early on Monday morning and began the process of laying down piano parts for each song. During the afternoon we transitioned to recording individual instrumental parts which continued all the way through Tuesday evening. I’m so thankful for the team’s passion and commitment during the long hours of studio time, especially since this was the first time they had recorded together. We began recording vocal tracks on Wednesday, beginning with large ensembles and then pealing down to duets and solos.

 Q: How long does it take to record a CD?

A: Many recording artists will stay in the studio for weeks at a time, but we don’t have that luxury because of our travel schedule. Our last recording, Before You Now, was finished in 4 days, but this recording finished in 5 days ending on Friday afternoon.

Q: Why do you record one part at a time?

A: We record each part separately to ensure that fixes can be made in the mixing process without affecting other parts of the song.

 Q: What’s the most difficult part of recording in the studio?

A: From my perspective, the most difficult part is time management. It’s hard to guess how long each part will take, and therefore even harder to choose what to do next.

  

Q: What was the hardest song to record?

A: Where is Room, an SATB quartet involving piano, guitar, and cello (a part which Mark Dalrymple and Kristin Campbell developed in the studio).

Q: What was the most memorable moment in the studio?

A: When the water pipes burst because of sub-zero temperatures and subsequently flooded the hallway to our studio.

Q: What do team members do when they are not recording in the studio?

A: They make multiple trips to Starbucks to buy coffee and mini vanilla scones.

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We finished the vocal parts on Thursday afternoon. On Friday morning, we began to put the finishing touches on the new CD by adding some special guitar and acoustic bass parts to select songs. I’d like to say a special thanks to Kristin Campbell who flew in Tuesday night to help produce the recording. We’d be lost without you, Kristin! I’d also like to thank our engineer, Dave, for his incredible skill at making us sound like we executed everything perfectly (and for wearing his Ron Jon shirt the same day I did). He’s a wonderful engineer to work with and I look forward to mixing the CD with him in March. Above all, we give thanks to God as a team for giving us the opportunity to proclaim His gospel through song.

Here’s a look at what happens next:

1. We will choose a title for the new album and create a track list.

2. The mixing process begins March 3rd-7th.

My Life is an Offering: Sneak Peek of the Rough Mix! 

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-Mark Egerdahl