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10 years as a band

It almost passed us by but earlier this year while discussing some old projects we realized that it’s 10 years since we formed Enchanted Duo. We did so by releasing the album Divine Collection in 2007. From there it’s been a journey. This year we will look back at some of the events and happenings from the past. Hopefully we will have some really fresh and interesting things coming up this year too.

Screen Sharing In The Studio

When we first set up some kind of studio to record our music, we just put the mic up in front of the computer while recording. A problem then was that it picked up some of the noise from the computer. Later we got a recording booth and that has improved our recordings a lot. One problem though is the distance between the booth and the computer. You have to get in and out to start and stop the recording. Not to mention that the cat also gets in and out. We seldom use the setup with the singer in the booth and the producer by the computer. Rather we record our own vocals and at a later time review it together. So it would be convenient to be able to control the computer from inside the booth.

Nicko sjunger i tonfällan

Cubase iC ProI started to look for a solution based on the recording software that we use, which is Cubase. The developer do offer an app for iPad to remote control Cubase. First you have to install some additional software on the computer to complete the setup. For me it only partially worked, or hardly even that.

It wasn’t before later when I was working with operating panels for industrial use that I came across a more generic way of remote controlling another computer on a WiFi network or even over the Internet. It’s called VNC and it’s based on a server/client setup. You install the software on your computer and on your mobile device. Since the VNC technique is generic there’s a lot of apps to choose from, like RealVNC and TighVNC. If you’re using a Mac as I happen to be you don’t even have to install anything on the server side. It’s already there since and it’s called Screen Sharing.

Screen Sharing

Our Lyrics

You might have noticed the new link in the menu. Yes, we’ve moved them here – the lyrics to our songs. 

Earlier you could find them on our separate site called Lyrisk. To us it became too much of a hassle to add lyrics to the site with it’s not so user friendly interface. Therefore some of the lyrics to our latest songs never got added. I even saw in the website statistics searches targeting lyrics I knew weren’t there **shame**. 

If there’s lyrics you’ve been missing you should have a look now since we’ve added the ones we found missing. One thing about the old site that I think some of you appreciated though was that sometimes you could find lyrics to songs that were not yet released. We’ll see how to go about that in the future.

Häggfestival – Dreams

This is one of those songs that you first record then learn how to play live. Trying to match the melody and rhythm guitar all at once. Earlier this year we played this song on the livekarusellen tour, only with an electric-guitar. This time it’s all acoustic and sounds even more scaled back. I think the song has a bit of nerve that comes out quiet beautifully in the video.

Häggfestival (Bird Cherry Festival)

In Sweden spring is magic. I imagine this isn’t unique for Sweden, but in fact for all countries in the same temperature zone. After a long and dark winter the light returns and with it comes all leaves, flowers and greenery. The world comes back to life again. Magic.

One of the early blossoms are Bird Cherry (hägg in Swedish) and we have them in abundance in our garden. I think we’ve talked about a Hägg Festival before (well, not on the blog obviously) just joking around.

Last weekend we had well over 20 degrees celsius and summer, which had as eager and starting to plan for our very own Häggfestival. This weekend we we’re determined, even with nearly freezing degrees, wind, a bit of rain and farming in the background. Oh, well, it’s never going to be perfect anyway!

I suppose I imagine it would be just us, Bird cherries, spring and music… Four ingedients we both happen to love. We still hope you will enjoy our Häggfestival 2016!