Folk Son plays some clawhammer banjo while you wait
While you wait for me to get my act together and mix some more of Folk Father’s music I thought I’d tell a little about my journey into audio recording.
While no prolific song writer myself…I do enjoy mucking about with banjos and guitars…and a bit of singing. Believe me I tried to write some songs such as Folk Father…but I’m much better at winging it.
So somewhere in 2005 I decided to try my hand at recording (unless you count the times when I used to leave a cassette tape permanently armed on pause so that I could record songs I liked off of FM radio back in the 80’s).
I started out with Audacity, an M-audio Delta 66 soundcard, an Art TPS preamp (I know – not a real “tube” amp- I was a sucker to the salesman), an old Unidyne SM57 (from none other than Folk Father himself) and a cheap Apex Dynamic Model 380 (I’ve since donated it out).
So I present for listening: (and probable judgment) Really Gone.
About someone close to me separating from the one they love and everything else that this entails.
I recorded this song in a small crappy untreated room using the Apex 380 dynamic for vocals and the sm57 on Banjo. I used the Art TPS, M-Audio Delta 66 and Audacity – at the time I had no headphones or method of monitoring. I re-mixed it a little later when I tried Reaper using various plug-ins and overdid the reverb and effects. I love and hate the recording. I love that I’m fairly fearless…since I didn’t know any better…but the sound I was getting (or could not get) later guided me to analog tape. Now I’m as perfectly miserable as I ought to be.