It is a bit after 3:00 am. I’ve just come up from my studio. I spent a couple of hours making sure everything is set up and working. It never fails that when I sit down to record something is out of whack. Sometimes it is the audio interface, or a driver on my computer, or a plugin not being properly authorized. Fortunately for this project, I am using a modicum of hardware and software, so it was relatively easy to get the studio set up and running.
To give you an idea of exactly how little I am using, I use an Arturia Keylab88 for my keyboard controller. I am using a Focusrite audio interface. My computer is a Samsung with Intel i7 processor. My recording software is the latest version of Sonar. For soundware, I am using a variety of Kontakt piano libraries from Native Instruments as well Sampletekk. While I am not getting paid for promoting these products, I would be open to an offer.
The reason I am using multiple piano libraries is because even though I am using the same controller, each library has a unique feel to it as well as having a unique sound. These things influence how my improvisations develop.
Another reason for my being in the studio tonight was to get the first session out of the way. While I have been playing and practicing lately, I haven’t done any recording since last summer. As any recording musician will tell you, once the Record light goes on the first time, everything goes out the window. Most musicians I know plan for a throwaway session just to get back into the rhythm of recording and to get past the fear of the Record light. So that’s what I did.
I recorded two tracks and both are definitely throwaways. They each had some moments I was fond of, but they didn’t hang together as a complete piece of music. That will come.
In addition to the normal first session fidgets, I am contending with the fact that this is going to be my first commercial release (at least hopefully). That means I am putting pressure on myself to record good stuff. To counter that, I have set aside several weeks for initial recording, and I am planning on laying down at least 50 complete tracks. From that I will pick what I feel are the best 30. Then I am hoping some friends will help me narrow it down to the final 15 for release. But all that is for another day.
I accomplished my goal..I got into the studio. I debugged my set up. And I recorded. Time well spend. Now to sleep.