above the garage in "The Audio Cave". Still using an older Dual Pentium 4 PC
with Windows 7, a Delta 1010LT 8 channel PCI audio card, and a Mackie
VLZ4 16 channel mixer. Fairly low tech for nowadays, but I'm not
complaining. Tracking and mixing using Sony Vegas. Some frequently used plugins:
Tal Reverb4, Tal Chorus, T-Racks
Tape Echo, and Vegas Wave Hammer. I used a click track on most
For 2016, I wanted to prove to myself that I could play and record songs with analog instruments only. There are bits of synthesis here and there, but it's all real drums, bass and guitars. Found that I really enjoy playing bass. I don't think I'll ever be a great guitar player, but I think I can hold down the fort. Experimenting a lot with recording drums.
I enjoy making analog music as well as electronic music. Sometimes I find it disheartening that some cynical fellow musicians view electronic music as "easy". They really believe that you just hit a few buttons and a slick sounding song pops out on the other side. I don't go around belittling them for using effects boxes. Hey, if anyone has some extra money to rent out an orchestra once in awhile, let me know. But I rant......
Song writing is my main thing, and super musicianship always came second to that. I've been recording my own songs for around 33 years now, and I still learn new things with each session. I started most of these by sitting with a pen, paper, and an acoustic guitar. I never really wrote bridges before, so that seems to be the starting point for me lately. Most of the time, I recorded acoustic guitar first, and then vocals. I figured that if it sounded OK with those two elements alone, then it was worth continuing. After that, more guitars, drums, then bass. I think it makes a big difference playing drums off of the vocals. Bass seems like a lot more fun to add on toward the end, and percussion is usually last. I tried to keep the timing within old radio style, limiting songs to two minutes and 30 seconds.
I've always tried to be rhythmic with lyric writing, so I stumbled onto alliteration naturally sometimes. I only realized in recent years that intentional alliteration is a highly integral part of all pop music lyrics. I am just becoming comfortable with being able to use it without it governing my thoughts. Alliteration is a force to be reckoned with.
Thanks for stopping by and giving a listen.