I remember when there was a time that I loved nothing more than screwing around with my home studio making crappy little demos in the hope that something good would come of them. Experimenting with soundscapes, reverb, echo and various oddities that I’d found in the preset libraries of garageband and Logic. Then, in their infinite wisdom, Apple decided that I should upgrade my software on such a frequency that most of my hardware suppliers could not keep up. My beloved Digidesign Mbox 2 Mini was left in the dust and rendered all my microphones and other inputs invalid. I checked various websites for driver updates and whatnot but alas, no. The corpse of my prized input workstation was to be forever rendered null. We had history, I wrote This Other World with that crappy workstation. We spent many small hours of numerous mornings together after i’d drunk a bottle of wine as I sung my heart out. Almost all of these horrendous monsters were killed with fire in the cold sober light of the following day, but enough survived to fix, shore, support, sheath and float previous wreckages into something usable. As I worked on the next Supersmall record, I realized that without my home studio to work in, I was missing my best tool. So, I went out and bought a new, more modern input workstation. The super-cheapo Focusrite Scarlett 212, it’s as crappy and badly put together as it looks but hey, I was low on cash and desperate. I spent the day today creating my annual organic farm on the balcony and then retired to the back room to set up my home studio. It works like a dream. Simple and easy. To test it out I threw this little tune together to check the vocals, guitar, and bass. The song will soon be forgotten and the recording quality is not as good as the Mbox but it works. I’ll soon be recording demos for Silent Moon in no time.