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Hey people, Our album sessions have unfortunately ground to a halt recently due to a fairly major piece of studio gear (the thing that records everything) going ‘BANG!’. One evening I switched on the power to our studio rack to prepare for a session with Rob and the thing just blew, and then not a peep out of it. So we haven’t actually been recording anything for about 6 weeks now. Good news is that the gear has been repaired and is currently being shipped back to us so we should be able to continue next week
In the meantime I have been writing more songs and using my iPad along with an Apogee Jam to demo them and I have to say it’s been a real eye opener. It’s so easy to use with the Garageband and DM1 drum machine app, you can lay stuff down really fast. I’ll post a video soon showing me using it, as I think a lot of musicians who maybe haven’t tried it before would really like it. Amazing as technology is today, you can get bogged down sometimes using a computer and audio interface with all the settings etc. – it can really kill the creative spark if you’re working alone. Garageband on the iPad is so simple it feels like your using an old 4 track or something like that, the technical aspect is almost completely set aside and you can just concentrate on making music.
A couple of weeks ago I was in a shopping mall waiting for my wife and so had a bit of time to kill, so I found a seat and took out my iPad and started working on a song. Within 10 mins I had found a pretty decent synth sound and had laid down a part for the demo. I suddenly realised you can now make music anywhere! So now when I have been doing these demos I just record wherever I feel comfortable and am not stuck in the studio all the time and I have to say I love the freedom that it brings. When I’m done with the demo I can import it straight into Logic on my computer and continue working on it from there if I want. I sometimes find that takes or parts used on a demo end up being used in the final version so it’s great for doing that as well. So despite the inconvenience of not having a working studio for several weeks, something good has actually come out if it