Saturday, 15 July 2017

A new track - Good Heavens!

Yes I've finally written something and recorded it.   Been ages I know.

So - this features my home built 12 string and my new octave mandolin....


  1. Thank you, Graham. I really enjoyed that. What a beautiful, rich sound. Who did the percussion track?

    1. The man in the machine... ;-)

      Long answer... I use a Boss BR-600 to record - it's a four track digital recorder. I like simplicity when recording so whilst I'm an IT professional avoid getting bogged down with it.

      Anyway - that has a built in drum machine.
      How I work is, I normally have worked out the beats per min before I start recording via a metronome. I then set that prior to recording anything. I then find a suitable simple pattern. I use that as a count in and to play along to to keep everything in time and synced up. Once I've got everything recorded I can go back and program in something more interesting, take out the count in, make sure it finishes appropriately etc. So with this one just a couple of fills into the break in the middle and back out of that. When you then bounce that all into a stereo master you record the final drum track alongside all the other tracks. It's nice as essentially you never have to use up tracks for a drum pattern until that final bounce.

    2. That's fascinating. What about the lyrics? They come before the beats per minute start, correct?

    3. Normally yes but occasionally I'll change the tempo as or after lyrics come to me

  2. Loved it. Just the thing to play in the car at full volume when driving through London!