Silence is golden

How would you like to perform a little experiment? It won’t take long (seconds) and it won’t cost you anything but it is, for anyone who is relatively new to DIY recording, quite instructive. Yes? Then read on and let me set up the context…. I’ve posted before on why I think mobile devices – and iOS-based devices in particular – represent a significant new paradigm for the home, DIY or project studio musician. An iPad, accompanied by a small number of additional hardware items (some of them … [Read more...]

iOS music apps – toys or tools?

I'd like to start with a question and, while I admit the link to iOS music apps might not be obvious to start with, bear with and I'll do my best to convince you that I can join the dots... So, my question…. has anyone here ever played Guitar Hero? For a while a few years ago it was all the rage on consoles such as the PS3 and the Wii. Indeed, my own sons (then aged about 10 and 3) were both hooked and we had the full setup for the family Wii; two guitars, a drum kit and a mic. The kids … [Read more...]

Touch-screen Revolution – or why music apps will change the way you create music using your project studio DAW

The mobile device has bought the freedom to make music almost anywhere. Whether it’s iOS or Android or smartphone or tablet, music apps can let you indulge your music-making habit - on the bus, on the train or on the beach – the choice is yours. And while, as yet, the software available for musicians on these mobile platforms can not match that available for the desktop/laptop format in terms of the power and total features, they are still pretty amazing – GarageBand, NanoStudio, AmpKit+, djay, … [Read more...]

Mobile Revolution

The recording of music has always been a process associated with cutting edge technology - whether that was the first ever sound recording, the development of multi-track tape-based recording and through to the latest, computer-based digital audio workstations (DAWs) which can cram as much recording technology into ones and zeros as would have been found in many a multi-million pound 'real' studios only 10 or so years ago. And while there are also sorts of perfectly valid reasons why it is still … [Read more...]