Xenat-Ra

Record Release Party!

We’re throwing a release party for our new record at the Majestic Theater, in downtown Corvallis, Saturday, Oct. 6th, at 9pm. Bend-based rapper/poet/activist Mosley Wotta opens the show.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

We’ve been working on our new record, “Science for the Soundman” for over 2 years, and we are really excited to be finally getting it out to the public. And, it’ll be on VINYL!  To be exact, a double LP set on deluxe 150 gram vinyl, with amazing artwork by JJ Walker of Pioneering Design. Of course, we’re also doing CD’s and digital downloads as well.

Science for the Soundman LP cover

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Making the Record, Part 4: Making Records

Previous: Part 3: Mastering

So, by late June 2012, we had the record tracked, mixed and mastered. Now all we had to do was to get copies made, slap some art on ’em, and get them out to the fans.

It’s never that easy, is it?

Test pressing!

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Xenat-Ra in Corvallis on 10/06/12

Making the Record, Part 3: Mastering

Previous: Part 2: Overdubs and Mixing

By early June, 2012, we’d finally finished mixing the 10 tunes that we decided were essential for the album, 8 original tunes and 2 covers. Everything was sounding as good as I personally felt I could make it sound. It was time to turn it over to a professional.

Mastering is one of the more controversial parts of the recording process. On one hand, there are those who hold mastering engineers as the highest of the high priests of the audio cult, and that we mere mortals are blessed by their magical powers. On the other, virtually anybody with a computer, decent CD burning software and a few plugins can claim to be a mastering engineer. As usual, the truth is somewhere in between.

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