Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Full Circle

My fancy dancy firewire audio interface crapped out on me recently.  This coincided with my 11 year old nephew picking up the bass guitar and wanting to record for the first time.  What to do…

In the bottom of my closet lay the answer:  my old Tascam 424 MKIII which had been gathering dust for about 5 years.  My brother had found another 4 track at a garage sale for around $20 recently so in this way the stars had aligned themselves and put us on course to the post office with our analog magnetic tapes in hand.  Snail mail and cassettes.  In 2010.  Whodathunkit.

So far it’s worked out nicely.  This old workhorse is maxed out by my drum kit.  All six channels are filled with percussive delights, all going to one track.  There is a lot of prep work involved because whatever I put down is there for good, no going back and fixing anything unless I want to replay the whole tune.  This is a really fun way to work and very much more enjoyable than screwing around with my computer.  Turn it on, music goes in, turn it off.

The setup is simple.  Track one is the backing track, usually a recording of a song we are trying to learn.  Track 2 is me.  Track 3 is the boy.  Track 4 is my brother.  I put down the backing and myself and mail it off to Tejas.

No doubt one of these days they’ll mail one back.