Where is the time?

Well, as happens so often these days, I planned on doing music and ended up doing everything but. I really should put the desk somewhere other than in the living room so I don’t get distracted. But it’s not always things other than the PC that get distracting. EG: I’ve been searching for spectrum analyzers on ebay. I thought that you would be able to pick one up cheaply now. Well, it appears not as cheaply as I would like. Not even sure why I’d want one to be honest. Which started me thinking, is it the same with guitars? I own 2 real (real = stays in tune and doesn’t slip off my leg when playing) guitars. Very different. An SG and a Strat. Different pick ups, different sounds. Now, this should be enough, but I’d quite like a semi acoustic and a bow top Les Paul type thing. Non of these things are really needed as  I can get quite a large number of sounds out of the Line 6 Pod Farm, but it doesn’t stop me thinking that somehow my music would be better if I had them. (Or if I’d not sold all the guitars I had in the past) I’d even push to a electro-acoustic, which is very silly as the sound I can get already is quite convincing. Certainly good enough for how much I drown it our and load it up with reverb anyway. At the moment my software only gives me 8 tracks. Ableton live 8, I will pay for the next level up at some point, promice!) People scoff at 8 tracks. But I remember the days when recording at Petes house bouncing down tracks to fit more in. (the studio was like a mass of wires and gadets. Fond memories) Then remembering we had to have at least 1 spare track at the end for vocals. How did we manage then? Having to play whole songs in one long take rather than playing the part a few time and then using the best one.Tech moves on and people forget what they used to use, which brings us back to spectrum analyzers. I’d love one of those…

 

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One thought on “Where is the time?

  1. eBay is such a distraction! I just bought another guitar, a Wesley Doppler (pictures one day), because it was green and shiny and not a copy of anything else.
    I never used the spectrum analyiser when I had a physical one but I do find software ones very useful. Cool Edit (now Adobe Audition) had a very good spectrum view of the whole file which I used to resort to when things didn’t sound bright enough. Recently I’ve been using the ‘Channel EQ’ effect in Logic, that has an analyser – and it works per channel. There’s a similar one in Reaper but I haven’t made much use of Reaper on the whole yet. I think the Reaper one might be a VST so it will probably appear to Abelton too.

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