Let’s start thinking instead. How To Use A DAW. Don’t. It is a horrendous waste of your life and your time. Here’s the thing, in order to get any recording I’d be proud of sharing it would need to be a 2-inch tape recording full of actual Ferris magnetic musical warmth.
Yes, I have been rethinking things because I can buy a Tascam or other multi track recording machine requiring a few hours to learn [or do you like IT?] its use and this is compared to a college degree’s worth of hours poured into DAW learning.
Seriously think this through, three hours to begin actually recording track one with the Tascam DP-24 or 32 or Live Track or Boss BR. Or hundreds and hundreds of frustrating hours in your computer struggling through sometimes very non-intuitive menu-driven nonsense created by programmers instead of musicians.
And when you’re done, you have ice-cold digital facsimile of your songs, your music with ice pick highs, hissy noise sibilance and all the other problems associated with what is essentially fake recording in shadow creation of the image of your songs with the 1s and 0s of binary arithmetic. Boolean Algebra on tap.
Now investing in an inferior recording medium in your computer through hundreds and hundreds of hours of learning the digital audio workstation is hardly worth it all where a few hours in the Tascam [the manual is a quarter inch thick] opens up 8 input phantom powered recording producing the identical digital file, as Pro Tools the information recorded to an SD Card.
The likelihood of a computer crash is eliminated and you walk up to the Tascam and plug your guitar or mic into it via combo jack with a quarter inch plug or XLR adjust the input level to avoid clipping. Set a click track hit the transport record button and you’re off. Record your track, rewind, with simple traditional transport control and listen to it.
Settings laid out in a mixing board with Parametric EQ section effects sends busing and the whole nine yards. Yes you can zoom in to do fine editing and the whole sch mere if you’re into all that. I’m not. Ask yourselves: “Has music improved in the last twenty years with all this technology?”
You can use a click track and metronome for timing and none of this click to grid fake stuff and no melodyne pitch correction crud. Music was made with logs and skins for 5,000 years with human approximation of perfect and that allows for vibe and breath in your song.
Actual dynamics, without compression to compete in the dynamic range wars. I am so disgusted when I hear most recordings these days. If you can’t strum it, hit it or pluck or sing it, just don’t.
Find two or three musicians and learn to play a song together, then another and when you have ten together practice recording them on the Tascam DP-24 or 32 or other recorder.
Then you can release it online, if you like, where 16/24 [24/48 with the DP also] is the best quality anyway, because the human ear has no further capability, or once you have that together rehearse enough to rent 10 hours in a studio (30-40 bucks/hour) that has 2-inch tape, analog recording and just do it the way it should be done. Warm tone rather than mosquito ghost digi-do-do-wop.
Take the tape and get the songs mastered then do a go fund me if you’re poor and your result is very good and get some real vinyl LPs made and offer them for sale on a band website. Learn to promote it through Wealthy Affiliate. Why do we need record companies anymore?
Now you’re making 7-10 dollars per album instead of .0000001 penny or whatever these streaming crooks are paying now. I did not studder, I said crooks, criminals and gangsters. The freaking music mafia.
The Tascam produces sound every bit as high quality sound as the DAW and the leaning curve is 10,000,000 times shorter. Then you go to an analog studio and you just focus on your performance and not on being the artist and the engineer and producer with his head stuck in the screen. A video game!
Metallica have a real record plant, making vinyl albums and Wal Mart and Target are selling them again. Lars, Metallica’s drummer was the first hero of the Revolution Against theft of musicians and songwriters personal intellectual property. Just stop letting the thieves have your songs for free. You can sell a record with a copyright and warning that any streaming service owes you five cents per stream and then assert it in court. The judge: “They were warned.”
Everybody, stop with the brainwashed mindless computer recording and get it on tape. You hold the tape when it is finished. You control the tape. The dead silence on the internet will force them to buy what’s on the tape. They’re stealing it now at the expense of the musicians who should be well-paid for it. It’s criminal. They’re criminals!
Here is the Tascam DP-24 which takes only a few hours to learn. David Wills ran sound, produced and engineered for the greatest names in pop music and he has a 3-hour video course on how to use the DP-24. Dp-32 is identical except for track count. David has a three hour course on the Tascam DP-24 and 32 recorders as well many other easy to follow courses HERE
Comparing this to Pro Tools once you get the software $ 599.00, then you need a computer with sufficient power to operate it and an interface with enough XLR and quarter inch inputs for your purposes. My observation for decades now has been lots of people own Pro Tools but most of those who own Pro Tools don’t know how to run Pro Tools.
Ask yourself if you have the stomach for hour upon hours of staring at the computer screen to configure the gobble-de-gook to attain something close to the song your wrote on your piano or acoustic guitar?
I will never forget the first time a musician friend of mine took me to his buddy’s studio and the guy demonstrated taking a 20-second guitar run and copying it 15 times, snap to grid out across the timeline/track and hitting enter. Then he tells me why he can get $ 90.00 per hour, just look at the work flow, the work flow, the work flow. …
I remember looking at Larry and thinking you have so much talent and you don’t need this hype. After that day I realized what was wrong with Larry’s Records. His records were a patchwork quilt cobbled together from bits and pieces.
Another friend of mine plays guitar in a band down in Florida call String Theory. Hey Mark. I told Mark about five years ago I had gotten Studio One Professional DAW. Mark replied, “Ooo I don’t like that technology.” Thinking back to Larry and the copy, copy, copy scenario I told him, “yeah I get it.”
What would the Beatles have sounded like if John had played one run of Norwegian Wood and then Phil Spector copied it 35 times and said OK let’s sing it? Mark bought a copy of my CD. I was proud when he said, “Hey this sounds like you.” My record was done on ADAT tracks played live by professional musicians who can play. HERE: Look Up Now
Or do you want to sound like aluminum foil?
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