Two days, nine hours, and 54 minutes to go until the start of the 2013 RPM Challenge. I have done nothing to prepare. Here is an off the top of my head to-do list to prepare for my sixth attempt at completing the challenge:
Practice my guitar. I have no calluses on my finger tips. Pain is inevitable.
Decide on the platform I want to focus on. Last year I ended up doing the whole thing on my iPad. I think I want to go back and forth between the iPad and the Mac this time. I expect the bulk of the writing and rhythm section tracking to be done on the iPad, but I also think I want to expand a little in an attempt to make the drum tracks sound a little more adventurous. On the Mac I can move stray notes around so that they sound in time without messing with the quantize settings. I want drum fills that are faster than just 16th notes.
Put the MacMini in the cellar back together. I had moved a lot of computer equipment around a few months ago and the MacMini was taken apart. I plan on using that to record vocals at least. I still want to run my mic through my Mackie board so that I can EQ my crappy voice. I’m not able to do that if I plug directly into the iPad. I went through the board into the iPad last time and it worked, but I would like the added flexibility of working on a full GarageBand for vocals. In Theory at least.
Clean the workspace in the cellar. It’s a mess down there. Really.
Test the lightning cable adapter on my New iPad. Wouldn’t it suck if the adapter didn’t work and I couldn’t plug external sources into the New iPad? Yes, it would suck.
If I plug into the JamUp app, can I record into GarageBand? I’m 99.999% sure I cannot, but it is still worth looking into.
Sign up for FAWM. Really. I signed up for RPM last week, but the FAWM website is not going to open until tomorrow. It’s going through a complete redesign. While I’m on the topic, the website is fawm.org. NOT fawm.com. You don’t want to go to fawm.com. Trust me.
Find some inspiration. I was thinking about using the founders of the towns of Methuen, MA and Salem, NH as characters somehow. I doubt I will though. I’ll probably just write another 10 songs about my cat.
I’m sure I’ll think of 100 things to add to this list between now and the start of February, but for now this is enough. And by enough I mean enough to make me start musically panicking.