HOW I KEEP TRACK OF MY MUSIC-MAKING: ALWAYS READY TO PRESS RECORD!
June 21, 2020 § Leave a comment
I have completely closed the gap between the way I compose/make an album and the way I record it, they have become one and the same process, which means that whenever I come up with something that sounds potentially interesting, I’ll record it right away. But I went through many evolutions to arrive at my current setup for recording-as-I-compose (Scarlett Focusrite 18i20 soundcard + Soundcraft Signature 12MTK mixing desk).
For many years (2003-2015) I made music with acoustic instruments, most of the time going through a chain of pedals, one of them being the Boss Loopstation RC20 and then the RC30. Because the way I “compose” is through playing, it made sense to just record on the Loopstation when I got a decent idea, which means that recording the album really was a different process.
When I shifted to purely electronic music around 2016 with A flame my love, a frequency, one of the guiding principles was to not use looping pedals anymore, and since I had already recorded Captain of none in 2014/15 through my first decent soundcard, the Scarlett Focusrite 18i20, it just made sense to connect my ultra minimal setup (2 Critter and Guitari synths + 2 Moogerfooger pedals) to the Scarlett, and use that setup throughout the composing/recording process, bussing whenever necessary via my DAW (Acid – yes, I know 😁). But when the time came to play A flame live, I needed to bus the instruments and Moogerfoogers physically, which meant buying a mixing desk.
I came to loooooove using a desk, and short of having a fully analogue setup for this new album, I have managed to come up with a lovely hybrid setup, which I’ll share more in depth once I’m done with recording. It took me quite some time to come to something fully operational and that made sense for the way I work, and I don’t think the internet is full of clear descriptions of this kind of setup, so I’ll fill in that void once the real work is over.