New Cover: Uriah Heep – The Wizard

While Uriah Heep is primarily known for the song "Easy Livin'" from their landmark album "Demons and Wizards", its opening track "The Wizard" has always been my all-time favorite by the band. Uriah Heep: From the "Demons and Wizards" era, 1972. It popped up on my randomizer a short while back, and I immediately realized … Continue reading New Cover: Uriah Heep – The Wizard

Coming Soon: Podcasts

Introducing Cygnus Studios podcasts…Let's Explore Music! I'll be using podcasts to discuss anything and everything having to do with music. Episodes will not only consist of solo content from myself, but interviews with others as well. They will available both on this blog and also on popular broadcasting services. All episodes will be absolutely free, … Continue reading Coming Soon: Podcasts

Korg SQ-1 Sequencer – Introduction, Demo and Review

Recently, I was contacted by Mark Barkan from the Consordini Musical Instruments project. He noticed my KORG SQ-1 Sequencer pictured on the blog's "Studio Photos" page, and had just completed a video review of the product. I actually use mine to control both my KORG MS-20 analog and Yamaha MX49 digital synthesizers, when I'm in … Continue reading Korg SQ-1 Sequencer – Introduction, Demo and Review

The Song That Will Not Die

In no small part to my daughter Nicole's absolutely excellent vocal performance (admittedly, I'm a bit biased), "Leavin' On Your Mind" has made it to the #1 spot on the SoundClick "Country/Cover Songs" chart for an unprecedented third time since it was uploaded there nearly a year ago. For a listen and the complete skinny … Continue reading The Song That Will Not Die

“Soundproofing” Your Home Studio

In case you're unaware, Cygnus is a home studio which resides in a room that's just 10x14 feet. Needless to say, sound bouncing around in such a small space can become a big problem. Along with sound insulation, the main objective is to improve room acoustics and reduce unwanted noise while recording. Critical Areas To … Continue reading “Soundproofing” Your Home Studio

Music MEMEs Page To Be Discontinued

While I dislike removing blog content, due to very low traffic and the fact that it doesn't get updated much anyway, the Music MEMEs page will be discontinued next week, on Tuesday, 2020-08-11. Besides, I need the disk space. ;^) If you'd like a copy of its current contents, I've created a single ZIP file … Continue reading Music MEMEs Page To Be Discontinued

New Cover: Bad Company – Seagull

Here’s a beautiful yet often overlooked song, the final track of Bad Company’s debut album. I use this tune for warm-up quite a bit, so I've no idea why it took so long for me to come up with the idea to cover it. Talk about minimalistic, only 7 tracks make up this entire song, … Continue reading New Cover: Bad Company – Seagull

New Cover: Nirvana – In Bloom

Updated 2020-07-03: Mixing/Mastering tweaks. Although the songs I produce are 90% covers in many different genres, I’ve never hit Grunge, so I decided to record my favorite song by Nirvana. That said, here’s my arrangement of "In Bloom", from what I consider their finest album, "Nevermind". RIP to Mr. Cobain, you're sorely missed. His joining … Continue reading New Cover: Nirvana – In Bloom

Review: Mefe 2.4GHz Wireless Guitar System

It's been a while since I've done an equipment review, but was just sent a neat little wireless guitar system from Amazon made by a company called "Mefe" for evaluation, so I thought I'd get into my experiences with it here for a bit. I actually first thought the box read "Mofo", but let's not … Continue reading Review: Mefe 2.4GHz Wireless Guitar System