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This is the "stuff" home recordings are made of! It's not Abbey Road, but it gets the job done.
It all starts with the beat.
FXpansions BFD package is impressive. Before this came into the studio, a Roland R5 was used. Constantly being reminded how bad the R5 sounded, BFD not only is one step closer to the real deal, it really drives home the meaning of "one man band".
Good mics REQUIRED!
A good home studio must. A decent condenser mic to capture nuance. The Carvin CM87S was the cure. It's sure to be the first in a round of future mic upgrades. No, you can't make a bad performance good. But, you can make it sound better!
Sound manipulation for the hard of hearing!
They're called DAWs. Digital Audio Workstations. My latest version of Cubase4 allows professional quality results. Studios
rue the day these babies came around. I used to lose dozens of takes (which is not always a bad thing). The upside, it's high end professional. The low end, it takes some time to master.
Where were these things 30 years ago? Regardless of their various features, you got to love digital recorders. They brought home recording, well... home. The Korg D888 makes it all worth the effort.
Always a friend.
The best word for this instrument is "forgiving". This piece almost talks to you. Is it the last guitar I'll ever buy? Can you only eat one potato chip? The Taylor 714-CE circa 2001.
Speaking of Friends...
Squier Strat, circa 1985
The bottom end.
Cheap yet effective.
The RBX 170 circa 2007
With me since 1976. Many a dent, crack and blemish gives it "personality".
Ovation Legend 1617.4
The Sweet Spot
You really don't know music until you've learned a second instrument. My "Hole-E Grail".., fills a lot of the holes the other instruments (and instrumentalist) leave behind.