Tuesday, April 26, 2005

it's you that's driving me mad

After three months of driving everyone around me crazy, I finally made a decision on how to outfit the studio and purchased a cassette four track recorder. This may be the last one they make geared to someone who is serious about this stuff, which is disheartening, as digital remains a bit too expensive in my opinion. To go digital I would have to buy a PC to run my VST synths, a firewire interface or a stand alone digital recorder, and then software and mics. With the tape, I can just buy the mics and get a low end computer to run my VST stuff. No matter how I figured it, I come out about $500 ahead with tape. Cassettes are getting expensive, but they are reasonable enough, and I've enjoyed the immediacy of hitting a button to record rather than mousing here and there. The other side of it is, my life pretty much revolves around computers, and it will be nice to not rely on one for at least one thing I enjoy.

[Listening to: I Would Find You - Journey - Next]

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Analog Kid

I have decided to base my studio around a cassette multitrack, instead of the usual PC nonsense. More in a bit...

[Listening to: Tom Sawyer - Rush - Moving Pictures]

Friday, April 1, 2005

studio update

It's really coming together now. My lovely wife provided me with the requisite minifridge yesterday, and the guitars are hanging in a most decorative fashion. Common sense returned, and the Beast is no more, having been shrunk back down to five pieces. My portable kit goes back into storage until needed, and the room has opened up nicely. Now, If I could only decide on the recording equipment...

[Listening to: Love Is Real - Jimmy Chamberlin Complex - Life Begins Again]