Recording Analog / Digital

When I moved recently, I had over 400 vinyl LPs (records) and my turntable/amplifier.

I have to admit I love my music system and I know many who do.

Is it nostalgia? The audio quality? Reading the record sleeve and the artwork?

Well, I believe it is all the above!

My sound system has:

  • An amplifier – Harmon Kardon
  • Turntable – Technics
  • Cassette Deck – Fisher
  • ADAT machine – Panasonic

I still use all of them, but that being said… I love the quick access to recording my own projects on digital work stations. When it comes to saving a musical idea, I even use my smartphone.

My Laptop with an M-audio interface is my main recording tool. Sometimes I go direct and at times I just set up a mic and record in the room.

The next endeavour is to do some live social media webcasts… coming soon.

Performing Music Live Tips and Thoughts

When you have 48 hours before performing music live, tips like these are essential because with out a checklist you will certainly have chaos.

Here are few general items for the best chances of a stellar performance:

  • Equipment (including back up)
  • Proper rehearsal
  • Personal maintenance

Equipment

Performing music live I use Line 6 MM, Diamond compressor, Digitech RP55, TC electronics MojoMojo
Some of the pedals I use

In my case the basics are instruments and amplification

I play a Chapman stick so the Stick plus 2 cables, pedal board, power supply and all the hook up cables… plus extra strings. There is a tuner and tools for the stick in my gig bag.

Using percussion means my hand drum, shaker, Guira, Cajon and some drum pads will need a mixer, mics and cables.

I have 2 amplifiers A Phil Jones (for the bass side of the stick and Fender GT-100 for the treble side.

For vocals I bring my own mic (AKG C-1000) and cable. Plus a few 9 volt batteries in case there is no phantom power from the live event console.

There are few other items I always bring. A video camera and tripod… because to get gigs video is so important, so even if it’s locked down on the tripod, I will get some footage. This is good not just for promo footage but to also see how I performed… what can I improve.

It also helps to have a phone or recording device for an audio reference of your performance.

Now the other equipment is a poster I banner behind me and some merch. At the moment I just have T-shirts as I am still putting a CD together of my original material.

Some basic performing live music tips

I use a spoken word presentation to get people to sign up on my mailing list. Also a hashtag they can use to post pictures/video on social media.

Have business cards and other promo material to hand out to prospective fans, people interested in hiring you or booking agents.