recording story 1

I’ve always been into home recording. I have nothing against recording studios, but I’ve always been fascinated with the recording process and I also like to endlessly tinker with my songs/mixes. So, home recording has been my chosen method for a long time. Prior to 2004 or so, I was working with a fostex 8-track reel-to-reel (“last chance afternoon” was recorded on that), and ADAT (the remainder of my recordings). While I felt that I got passable results, the equipment was limiting in that 1) I couldn’t really record live performances 2) # of tracks was very limited and 3) the quality of effects processors was weak.

Since I finished recording “sitting/waiting” in 2004, I got into computer based recording. Over the last 7 years I have traveled a long road paved with songwriting, learning, distractions, family, obsessions and insanity. But let’s stick to the music for now. The setup I have arrived at now (details to come in later posts) has finally removed the limitations and I feel that I can really capture what I hear in my head now. However, getting there is not as easy as just buying a computer and Logic Pro (my DAW) – I have spent a great deal of time getting the right plug-ins and virtual instruments, and learning to work with them in a natural way.

Over this time period, I’ve written (some finished/some partial) a lot of songs – probably close to 200. Trying to choose a subset of these to create an album (whatever that means nowadays) has proven to be a dead end. So, I’ve settled on producing pairs of songs. Most likely they will be paired on stylistic similarities. The first two songs are piano/vocal performances, with some strings added. I’m finishing up the second track and hope to have “single #1” available soon. I am really pleased with the songs and performances.