Home Studio Testing

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.




Supersmall Album Demos

Album Song Pool

Album Song Pool

Last night I finalized my list of possible songs to work on for the album, we start recording on November 19th. I  was a little surprised to find that there were 73 songs (or demos to be more accurate) on the list. I admit, most are terrible or just scraps of lyrics and chord changes, but a lot are fully finished. It’s interesting to listen to them and hear the hurried tone in my voice as I try to capture the melody before it escapes me. In several you can hear that I’ve been drinking while one is of me singing an entire song into my phone in the restroom at The Poets House. When an idea hits you really have a limited time to get it down before it fades away. With 73 songs, or just over three hours of music, I hope to mine at least a few songs of value. Between now and November 19th i’ll be very busy going through all these. If last night was any indicator, I predict a lot of wine consumption and late nights. But it’s worth it. This Other World certainly was.