I got a concussion yesterday and might not be showing much activity for the next few days. I had an interview last week that went well.
The interview last week went off without a hitch, I have some good audio, but I haven’t uploaded it yet because I want to wait until I have some more interview material to edit in with it. The interview from last weekend got pushed back to thursday, and I have a tentative date set for friday evening as well.
I initially thought I was going to have a little bit more about the history of how home recording came around, but it actually seems as though there aren’t very many sources on anything specific about that. Most sights touch on it briefly as a result of the digital revolution in the ’90s. I think I would like to compile a list with a little more substance than that, and the two of the three interviews I have in motion should provide excellent sources to learn about what the process was actually like in those times.
With that said, here are a few links to relevant articles that I found interesting:
Unfortunately I don’t have access here at school to a picture of the so called “real” beginning of this project, but I know I do have a picture somewhere and I’ll update this post to add it when I find it.
Edit: I found it, this is where it all started.
With that note aside, I think this is a really cool look into the way these hobby studios grow over time, and I’m really happy that I’ve been taking pictures every time I got a new piece of gear. At first it was literally using decent mic placement on a phone set to voice record in a room with a guitar amp. Things have grown from there into a pretty reasonable project studio that I’m both very fond of, and rather proud of as well. You can see in this first picture that I have available I didn’t have stands for my speakers yet, but was already somewhat equipped in that I at least had a mic and a method of getting it to the computer.
After a little while like that I caved and bought some speaker stands and a better table, but I was still only running a mic to interface to computer to speakers signal chain. I had minimal software, and when I needed to play a software instrument, e.g. drums, I used a qwerty keyboard; which was actually quite amusing to watch I might add.
Eventually my computer’s keyboard was no longer good enough for what I wanted to do, and I caved and bought an inexpensive midi keyboard. I had actually been wanting one for a really long time, and I was pretty excited to find this one because I was on a budget, and it was functional for a small amount of money.
I moved and bought a new desk, which really tidied things up.
One thing that always irked me was not having a tactile method of mixing, using a mouse just didn’t seem accurate and you can only adjust one thing at a time. This is where I hit a big problem: mixers are expensive, very expensive. Midi control mixers like the one in the picture below are normally cheaper than comparable analog, which was fine with me because I was used to digital mixing anyway, but they still range well into the thousands. I got really lucky and found this guy used at a shop somewhere in Tennessee that was willing to ship to me for an obscenely low price. Since I was expecting to pay more than I ended up needing, I splurged on a few mics as well at that point, but I don’t have pictures and they aren’t really critical. I was up to four.
Things have gotten a little more cramped with the addition of another monitor, an eight channel interface that I aggregate with my old two channel, and a performance controller that further expands the abilities of my software, as well as some very handy software acquisitions. Please excuse the mess, but this is my so called “control room” as it stands today.
…And I still don’t have a place to put that pesky keyboard.
I have a confirmed in person interview this weekend with a friend of mine called AJ, so that should be up fairly soon. As for the interview that I had talked about with my friend Thomas, due to timing and distance we’ve agreed that it’ll have to be an unusual format. What we’re talking about right now is me sending him a list of questions and/or prompts and just letting him handle the recording of his answers. Not sure how that’s going to work, but he’s a professional and a pretty witty guy, so I think he’ll be able to make the recording interesting at least.
Edit: The interview this weekend got moved up to Thursday.
This is a recording that does a really interesting job demonstrating the amount of work that goes into a song after it hits the recording media, in this case a computer. The first ten seconds or so is the recording that I was sent to mix, the rest is after around an hour with it. The track is a snippet from a song that a friend of mine recorded, All instruments were performed by Nic Gobbell,with the exception of the drums, which I programmed. I’d love to give a link to the album, but there isn’t one.
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I’ve been in contact with a very close friend of mine, Thomas Holmes, with regard to setting up an interview. I think that that is going to be a very beneficial and informative addition to this site because he works in a professional studio and has a degree in audio engineering in addition to owning a project studio. We have yet to set up a specific time, but we’re looking at sometime in the next week ideally.