Attack of the Garage Bands "Tym Morrison"

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 by •»¶hê ƒRëq»•-)•–––– in

Here is another installment of  Barking Eye's "Attack of the Garage Band" series.   This time around, we feature local guitarist/ singer/ songwriter, Tym Morrison.  The focus of this series is to showcase what local musicians use to record their original music which means, the gear, techniques, software, etc.   Tym is a well established local musician who basically crafted his music himself playing all the instruments himself and or programming drum parts or using drum samples.   Here is a run down of what Tym used throughout his recordings.

Tym Morrison:

1. I didn't have a lot of gear at that time but this is what I had when I recorded the solo project CD in 2006. A Peavey classic 50/50, Peavey Rockmaster, Peavey stereo cab, Roland gp8, Alessis Microverb 4, Alessis Midiverb 2, my computer with the Soundblaster Platimun card, Shure sm58 and sm57, Silvertone Acoustic 6 string.

2. I usually lay down keyboards and drums first ported from Fruity Loops (, then once in Cakewalk (, I lay down the guitars next, then bass and lastly vocals.

3. Most songs I write on guitar first, but for example, the "Only Linux" song I came up with, I did the drum beat first and wrote the guitar riff around it.

4. I did all my recordings in my apartment. I was working on many songs at the time, and still have many unfinished yet partially recorded projects from even before that time that I need to finish lol. I still record everything the same way now. I like the creative control of not having to pay someone else by doing it at home.

5. Cakewalk Music Creator, Fruity Loops 3 (I now use the latest version) Sound Forge, Music Match (to convert to MP3). That's all the software I used back then , and I use a lot of the same software now, but I always check out other recording software. I like Cakewalk and continue to use it because I'm so familiar with this software.

6. All drums are sequenced in Fruity Loops, but I use my own drum samples that I got from an old site years back called "", where I found lots of cool stuff.  I downloaded tons of drum machine wav files and ended up using all these maple kit wav file recordings.

7. I did everything myself and at one time, I had considered getting a singer for the project, because my voice was not that strong back then,  but I'm glad I did it myself.My voice should be a lot stronger on my next CD.

8. This first Cd was a learning process for me. I know now that good microphones are key, in quality recordings. Also, compression is important to get good volume levels. But this was my first time trying to record a CD, and it didn't turn out too bad. I have better microphones and gear now and the next CD will be much better, but I'm content with my first attempt. Practice makes perfect.  Tym's CD, and many other recordings

Note: Like Tym, I use Music Match software to convert my wav files to MP3's however, the Music Match software company was absorbed by Yahoo and is now defunct but you can still use older versions of the software here. Older Music Match Software

Tym and his band are in a transition period as they change drummers but he is always around the local music scene doing acoustic shows when his band is not playing. 

Big thanks to Tym for the input on his music creation.   Stay tuned for more of the "Attack of the Garage Band" series coming soon.

Glen "the Freq" Thomas