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I have a studio at home from which I can create my music. This is either performed on my own or with other artists around the world and some with musicians locally.
The Internet has been a great help to musicians. There is so much information available in every corner of the Ethernet and this has proved so useful. It has given everyone the opportunity to learn how to perfect and enhance their skills whether it is a basic knowledge or a higher standard. Each visit to the site usually means more snippets are picked up.
Recording equipment is now at a more affordable level and the end result can be very professional. A recording standard which would cost £1,000’s a few years ago, can now be achieved for a fraction of the price. Finished self penned songs can be placed on various forums and Internet sites which give varying eventualities. Some sites specialise in listeners being able to comment on the music, some for just a listening experience and others for the promotion of your music.
I have a small Boss four track digital recorder which I use for the sketching of songs, and a larger Boss 16 track recorder for main recording and mixing. On this I can use the bouncing of tracks feature, which means I can record up to 128 tracks for just one song, making it a very versatile piece of equipment. Combined with all the built in effects, and mastering combinations, a CD quality standard can be achieved in the right hands, and one does continue to progress in calibre from early renditions.
For instruments, I have two keyboards (a Roland workstation and Korg M50) and three guitars. I do find the Tokai electric can cover most songs I create, but also have an acoustic 6 string and a electro/acoustic 12 string for alternative sounds.
I have the tried and tested Shure SM58 microphone which I use for most vocals, and a condenser mic for instrument recordings. For some vocals, I use the Behringer, as this can be beneficial to give a different voice for harmonies, especially through the pre amp and an effects unit.
For drums, I use either of the keyboards preset or self written patterns, or program in drum patterns on the Boss BR1600 recording machine. I use the same items for the bass, but a particular favourite way for me is to play the bass line live into the recording from the Korg. This gives a more realistic bass sound for my songs as programmed bass can have no feeling.
Any other instruments I require for a composition, are all played straight from the Korg and occasionally from the Roland. Such is the quality of these samples, that the real instrument is not necessarily required, plus it can be easier to record this way and get a very balanced sound.
If required, tidying up of a recording can be completed through programs on the computer. For me, the main use of that, is for clean starts and finishes, but it is handy for other occasional functions.
As with any hobby, there are always new items and upgrades to add at times, but feel at the moment I do achieve very passable results from the selection of instruments and equipment, I have for my immediate use.
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