July 22, 2005
After talking with my friend Willy today.... I've been doing some thinking. For what I expected to spend on a trip to Costa Rica, he can sell me a 16-track, all-in-one home recording studio, including the microphones I want. I may buy that rig.
I ain't gettin' any younger. My voice isn't what it once was and I worry about arthritus stealing my fingers to the point where I can't play anymore. Plus, I've been wanting to record some of my music for a long time and I just never got off my ass and did it.
Time is running out.
If I get my own shit, I can sit down and play whenever I want to, and lay down extra tracks at my convienience. 16 tracks should be enough for me. If I need something I can't do myself, I know other musicians who would be happy to drop by and play just for some beer and a meal.
I want to do it. If nothing else, I'll leave some cassettes and CDs behind for Sam and Quinton to listen to when I'm long gone. They can play them for their friends and say, "Yeah. That's my daddy playing and singing everything you hear."
That's a damn fine legacy.
You might look into a Macintosh G5 imac garage band is a damn fine recording software. Just a suggestion. But check it out yourself if you are so inclined.
I say a big HELL yes. My father made some tapes for me before he passed, and they mean more to me anything I own. When you record those songs, throw in a, just for you, to your kids.
I say "lay them tracks down"....they would be priceless to your daughter and son...(Just think how much an old photograph tugs at us.....a recording would be so cool)
Maybe you could even make a few bucks selling to us readers?
DO IT! Costa Rica ain't going any-damn-where. It'll be there after you've sold enough CDs to pay for the trip, too.
If you're going digital, and there's no reason not to, a Mac with garageband (or soundtrack, or logic, if you need more bells and whistles down the road) and a decent firewire tether for your amps/mics will run you about the cost of a first class plane ticket these days.
Hell, get a PowerBook and you can record as many tracks as you want IN Costa Rica.
Count me in. I'll buy the beer and, if we need a drum track, I'll see if Willy will rent me a set.
You could record "Friends in Low Places" for Jennifer. :o)
Given your taste in music, you'd do just fine with an 8 track. Use the money that you save and buy a cheap drum machine for percussion (which you could also use for decent tracks.)
Unless you're planning on a Gordon Lightfoot meets Jimmy Page project, you'll find that you're never using half the tracks you have. Even with an eight track, you'll be able to double stuff like vocals (which is what makes most people think Phil Collins can actually sing) by bouncing tracks. Look at this way, the Beatles made Sgt. Pepper on a four track and Abbey Road on an eight track. I'd say they did pretty well for themselves, no?
Unless you're planning on making a fucking Boston record don't waste your money on stuff you'll never use.
shit or git off the pot, man. How many times are you going to make this (essentially) same post?
If you ever need a harmonica player...