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D.A.W.-friendly tech threesome:

May 27, 2010

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EQUALS

Digital audio synergy.  Recently appropriated these items over the course of about two years (plebian, low-income patience).  But I am hoping that this D.A.W.-coddling triumvirate will improve the quality of my recordings, notwithstanding what remains to be honed in the context of Logic Pro’s software mixer.  For the Duet, I’m mainly paying for Apogee’s now-legendary audio-to-digital converters, but in a more affordable casing with limited connectivity, hence the Duet-only breakout box pictured above, which bypasses the tangled wiring inevitable with the breakout cables that Apogee packs in the box (these are notorious for being unreliable).  The multi-function knob is antithetically minimalistic and rather unsettling, particularly coming from the Alesis MultiMix 8 FireWire mixer-cum-audio/interface I traded in at Guitar Center (which is probably the worst place to go to for “expert advice” on equipment), but it’s also liberating, specifically because I rarely use physical mixer knobs for levels when I cook up homegrown recordings.

I will sorely miss the Alesis, particularly for its tank-like black-metal contruction and its magnanimous connectivity (for the three hundred USD that I initially paid for it, it was a reliable courier of my oddball ideas).  But the Duet is fast becoming my good friend.  I look forward to taking good advantage of the preamps to clarify the unprocessed audio files that start off any given spell of inspiration, as well as the balanced XLR inputs for vocals via the AKG Perception condenser mic — who knows, this may be a slight bane to the skavinger’s vocal cords as he’s not a natural singer. 

I plan to report more on whether or not this more mobilized studio will fare better than my G5-cum-Alesis Multimix of yore.  

When all is said and done in geek-mode, it’s always best not to lose sight of composition, feeling and emotion–capturing those moments where inspiration is most sincere, unpretentious and breathtaking.  It’s best not to get palsied out on gadget porn, and over-distend your means of living from G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome).  If it sounds like I’m preaching to myself, I am.  Slivers of life where art flows sans workweek-thrombosis are fain to occur after my first few sips of coffee under the Saturday sun, lying around in my sweats in a cozy apartment, stubbly-faced, bespectacled, as always–ears cupped inside oversized headphones (repeating the same segment of a track over and over and over and over and over, until my girlfriend taps me on the shoulder to remind me that there’s life outside my bedroom window and that human beings require adequate amounts of food, sleep and water to potentially live a full life).

Sorry, I love my longwinded parantheticals.  My high school English teacher didn’t so much.

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  • Reply Toad May 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Say wha?

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