This post contains two videos showing how I build up a demo of a new song in the recording software Reaper. A lot of songwriters work the traditional way – work out a song on paper or with an instrument, practise it, maybe perform it live and then record it. I sometimes do that still. … Read moreHow I demo a new song
I recently put out an email to my music friends referencing my post about multitrack recording. In it I talked about how I dreamed of copying my musical heroes and multitracking. I’d never set foot in a recording studio, so I tried to approximate it by using two ghettoblaster cassette machines, one recording the output … Read moreMultifarious multitracking – your stories
Continuing my long and winding road through music. How I found moved from Egypt to Manchester and found multi-track heaven in the Teac Tascam Portastudio 144. Cairo At the age of 28 I was living in Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo, and teaching English to working people in an evening school. This was my second … Read moreMy life in music: Egypt, Manchester, the Portastudio and Cupid
For the first time since well before Christmas I suddenly had the house to myself, as Madame and Pestilence had gone to the shops and Plague was nowhere to be seen. Quick! Out with the microphone and mixer and I had the lead vocal – probably the final vocal – for no less than four … Read moreRecording vocals – no messing about!