Making Father's Folk Album

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Folk Son plays some clawhammer banjo while you wait

Folk son Says

Digi Demo

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.