Studio upgrades, writing, recording…

In Music by rainerwilleke

Hi everyone! Well I’ve been on a mission for quite a while now to upgrade my studio’s recording and playback equipment and to improve my mixing environment. New monitors, controllers, mics, preamps, converters, etc.  I’ve always found that learning new gear, although it can slow you down a bit initially, can lead to the discovery of new musical ideas! I’m working on a wide variety of original pieces, getting closer to a finished product every day!  Here’s a quick snap of the state of my mission control tonight.

Home Studio Feb 2015

I have a few more hardware controllers arriving this week which will complete my new setup (for now).  I promise I will post some new music soon! 🙂

Bald Eagles 2014

In Photography by rainerwilleke

Hi folks!  I wanted to share this composite of 10 bald eagle images I shot around southern Vancouver Island BC Canada in 2014.  Cheers!

2014 Bald Eagle Composite

2014 Bald Eagle Composite

Looking back on 2014…and Happy New Year!

In Uncategorized by rainerwilleke

Well it seems impossible that 2015 could actually have arrived, but alas…

Looking back on a fantastic 2014, I have many great memories.  Numerous road trips, fun gigs with Groove Kitchen, developing my songwriting technique while learning new studio software and hardware, re-discovering playing guitar and bass (badly, so far!), and discovering all sorts of amazing places to take photos.  I made a concerted effort in the second half of 2014 to devote a lot of my spare time to the development of my creative pursuits and am looking forward to taking that to the next level in 2015 and beyond!  After a long break (years!) from writing and recording original music, I’m feeling the ideas flowing and recording them whenever I can.  I love the process of music production with today’s DAW software and it feels great to be back doing it again!  On the photography side of things, I’ve collected several great pieces of kit – lenses, filters, a new full-frame camera body, and studio lighting.  Learning how to get the best from all this gear is great fun and I hope that I keep making better and better images as a result.

You can check out more about what I’m up to with music and photography using the links to my online profiles at right.  I have published high resolution versions of some of my photos which are available for licensing at my 500px.com page.

Thanks for visiting my site.  I wish you all the very best that 2015 has to offer!

Rainer

Welcome!

In Uncategorized by rainerwilleke

Well I’ve been meaning to launch a new personal website for some time now, and here it is!  I’ll be adding lots more content over the coming months and updating you all on the progress of my projects via the blog.

At this time of year, my Raindog Solutions business tends to be very busy right until we close for annual holidays over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.  Since leaving the band Groove Kitchen in June 2014, I’ve been working in my studio on new original music projects, as well as making studio improvements, taking saxophone & guitar lessons, relearning photography, and refreshing my training as a web designer/developer.

I tend to go through phases in life, and lately it’s been a productive and creative one.  So, I’ll have plenty of photos and music to share in the coming months, but for the time being, I’m going to keep riding that productive and creative wave! 🙂