FIRST STUDIO EXPERIENCE

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HERE WE GO AGAIN
NOT TRYING TO UPSET OR HURT ANYBODY'S FEELERS SO PUT YOUR RUBBER BOOTS ON.
This is just a sort of documentation of my journey through MY musical experience.
Don't believe I have to add a disclaimer here, but it seems in today's world It's against the law to voice one's opinion.
My first studio session was in the late 70's. I was amazed and intrigued about the entire process. All the equipment. all the mic's. Playing a "basic track" and adding the icing, with different parts, and then vocals, harmonies, then the mixing process. And in the end, the final product could be transferred to a Cassette Tape that could be played in your car. Remarkable.
As time went by, through the years. And refinements in audio equipment. Some good, Some not so good. At first the home recordings, done on a 4 track Teac reel to reel. After a time the 4 track became a small Yamaha cassette version. I still see some of those around today. With those, we could iron out our tunes and get them ready for "Studio".
Working with audio pro's getting your music down on tape. Tape, a 2 " magnetic reel, costing a good amount of money. Mounted on a Studer Machine. Still have some of those tapes. And technology grew and grew. And equipment became smaller. Remember ADAT? We thought that was the stuff (for about a minute). Next came the Alesis HD24. Finally a system that could be installed in a small room or home studio. Only problem was, digital converters were still in their infancy. And losing the warmth of analogue was the cost. In the meantime, digital rack units became the norm for stage use. For ease of setup and decent fx.
But recording those digital systems became extremely stale. Enter the boom of low budget tube preamps. And then finally. Finally, for me anyway. A dedicated computer based recording system that I set up in the rehearsal studio. I would hit record and just let it run. we would capture things that, in the past were always lost to time. Mixing to Redbook CD, on an Alesis Masterlink recorder.. Made some of the best recordings we had ever done.
Our first major, home based, or rehearsal studio based project was, as most people. A cover album. That Album, was what prompted more spending.
Had gone back in time from the lighter ss amps and more compact digital fx units. Back to the old tube amps and analogue fx, to bring bac some of the tones that I had grown up with. Found Radial DI's. And Mogami Gold cabling.
Next came the the tansition, from the rehearsal studio. to building a proper studio at the house. A two year ordeal. Working every day and night. Having a heart attack right in the middle. But was driven. I always thought I didn't want my music, and my home life in the same place. As it had never been in the same place before. I had kept my home for family. And the music stayed at the studio. When I got my new studio running, I couldn't believe the freedom. I could wake up at 2 or 3 am with an idea. Walk about a hundred feet. Flip a few switches and I was up and running. Close my doors, and I was isolated from the rest of the house. And the world. I could do pretty much anything I wanted.
Still working full time. My first order of business, besides relearning the system that I haden't used in two years. Was mixing the completed songs that were in the computer. Replacing iffy parts. Cleaning up vocals and adding harmonies. I was in bliss. And getting some good work done.
Through all this, I only converted my first CD, to MP3. When I did that, the music fell flat on it's face. Cars still had CD players, So I kept mixing to Redbook CD.
Went along happily for one year. Then came the first big news that hit like a ton of bricks. My wife came in, and said her company was closing down operations in CA, and had offered to relocate us to the Midwest. Wow
She said I could retire, if I agreed to make the move. Which sounded really good. AS my auto painting job, though lucrative, was killing me.
I have deleted the rest of this post as it had gotten off track. Just wanted to share some of my story.
Bottom line though. All my gear is still packed up in cases. My files are still raw tracks, other than my CD's. My laptop has no CD player. I've got recordings I'd like to share. But at this point in my life. My drive has kinda turned to park.
I am thankful for this forum, where I can at least still remember my Glory days. Due to unfortunate circumstances, these are the only pictures I have left of my studio. Today it's almost like it never existed.
brothers.jpg electrics.JPG desk.JPG goldtop.JPG JTMAC.JPG
I miss my studio, Don't even have any pics of the iso booth, or drum land.
Thank for your time. If you chose not to back out of this thread.
 

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Great pictures, man. My band has recorded two albums of original stuff in a home recording studio, and we are just on the opposite side of MO from you. The pictures of your setup look awesome. We aren't running anything near that complex. We're pushing microphones into an audio interface, running into a DAW. I think we're using Studio One. If you had any files of you guys I'd love to swap and hear you!
 

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it seems in today's world It's against the law to voice one's opinion.
I voice my opinion every day and never look back.

I've done my share of playing and recording and have also taken long breaks from it, but the desire never leaves. Each time I return to playing and writing, I get better and so does the material. What changes the most is how to record.

The hard part is motivating yourself to make it happen, because no one else will do it for you. These are words of advice to myself as well as anyone else willing to listen.

We also live in the golden age of home studios and it doesn't take a massive well designed space to do it in. That would be great, but it can be done with a combination of affordable outboard gear, a few good mics and some basic room treatment and of course, a DAW. I tracked and mixed my last project in Pro Tools and used some outboard mic pres for the most of the tracking and processed the final mix thru outboard bus compressors. I'm sure the plugins are better now, but I still think outboard rack gear is better. Plugins will get the job done and most listeners can't tell the difference anyway.

I won't go as far as calling the final product as mastered, but that was the attempt anyway. It was close and played on most devices, cars, home, etc. This was a full band recording with overdubs and it wasn't easy to finish, but the feeling of accomplishment was well worth the time, effort and expense. The drummer and bass player were all laid back and made the process enjoyable. The drummer as left this mortal coil and I fell out of contact with the bass player. They are both missed, but I am moving on.

Anyway, I use 90% of Mogami Gold cables and it does make a difference. After my last project, I sold all the studio gear but kept all of the Mogami cables. After looking at the current prices, I'm glad I did. They also outlast most other brands.

Even drum software is night and day better than any drum machine from the past and I hated drum machines. I prefer to play and record with a real drummer and feel that's where the best performances happen, but most listeners can't tell the difference. I can play drums to a point so it helps when programming notes. Modern drumming software is scary real and you can program in human feel, mistakes, velocity, drag, push, pull, etc.

So, all this to say if you still have an inkling to record music, I say go for it !

The world of music has drastically changed and if you need a morale booster, just do a search on any of the music service websites. You will probably be shocked how bad some 'bands' are, even if they are bands. Most musicians who write and record, including me, are THE BAND and it takes ten times more work to do it all, but it's also 100% your project, good, bad or ugly.

Of course there are some amazing things going on with underground music, but you have to dig for it. (You'll know it when you hear it). Musicians from past era's haven't stopped, they just keep playing because that's what comes natural to them.

It might be a curse or blessing (or both) but it's not something everyone can do. Real musicians are very much a minority, even if the internet make it seems like everyone is a vertuoso. They are not, they just rehearse more or just have more takes before they post something. Editing is probably their friend.

My last bit of advice is to start slow.

Maybe just an acoustic guitar part with some basic vocals. Keep it simple and see if the juices start flowing again and be patient with yourself. It takes time to reboot our music brain and get it up to speed with recording.

None of us will be on the planet forever so if you have something to say with music, say it or forever hold your piece.
 
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Next came the the tansition, from the rehearsal studio. to building a proper studio at the house. A two year ordeal. Working every day and night. Having a heart attack right in the middle. But was driven.
💜 Purple Heart driven.
I am thankful for this forum, where I can at least still remember my Glory days.
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