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New Gear… Part 2.

One idea has haunted me for several days, or more like several weeks. Getting new gear. It’s not that my current equipment is broken. It’s just old and, well, boring. And most importantly, it’s not mobile at all. I’ve got an old desktop computer that it’s just too heavy to be carried around. (Besides, I switched from Windows to Linux early this year so I have hardly any music software on my computer…) So, when I’m not at home, I need to record all my ideas with my mobile phone. If I’ve got a guitar, I can record it acoustically. If I don’t have my guitar with me, I need to record my whistling. And because of this, listening to the old ideas can be frustrating. Their quality may be very bad, so the original idea may even get lost or distorted.

So, I’ve slowly come into the conclusion that I need new equipment. I’ve already mentioned Kemper Profiler Amps, which are nice. But for now, I’ve decided to concentrate on something smaller and less expensive: a new, mobile sequencer thingie. I mean an iPad, an audio interface and Cubasis. That would be a bit more than 400 euros (a bit less than 600 USD). That would be the first phase. The second phase would be a new Windows laptop, a new audio interface (conpatible with both iPad and the laptop) and Cubase 7. The third phase would be a Kemper amp that would be nice for both home recording and gigs.

Why am I just writing about these things instead of just buying them? Well, first, I like to plan things like these. And I want to be sure this is selection of equipment would be the best for me. Also, I don’t need the equipment now. At the moment, I’m going through the phase of collecting new ideas. I need to redefine my styles (yes, that’s a plural form) once again. I need new approaches to writing songs for EToS. Carcass did it splendidly with Surgical Steel, so I’m sure I can do it, too. It just needs some time to gather new ideas. In addition, I want to try new styles, new things, new approaches to music as such.

Anyway, here are a couple of videos I’ve watched lately. They’re about making music with iPad and Cubasis. Enjoy (if you’re interested in stuff like this :D)!

 

Cold, Cold Summer…

Cubasis and iPad

Cubasis and iPad

Without revealing too much about my personal life, the last twelve months have been interesting. Sometimes changes in your life are subtle, sometimes they are sudden. But at any rate, our lives changes. That’s the basic rule of life and there’s nothing we can do about it. So, we’d better not to fear them but to embrace them. One of the changes is that it’s summer again. This summer has been weird. First, the summer came early. Then, it sort of went away. It’s still too cold but well, that’s what Northern summer is all about. You never know what it’s like.

Anyway, one of the most interesting questions this summer has been: “How to upgrade my musical equipment?” I’m talking about my guitar amplifiers as well as my audio recording equipment. Both are getting old. They still work, though.

I’m thinking of two modelling guitar amplifiers. Kemper Profiler or Fractal Audio Axe-Fx II. Naturally, they are bloody expensive widgets, so I need to save some more money in order to get either of them next winter.

But things get a bit more complicated when it comes to new audio recording equipment = the equipment I use to write and record the demo versions of my new songs. Basically, I’ve got four options:

  1. Something I have right now: a Windows desktop computer with an audio interface and Cubase.
  2. A Windows laptop with an audio interface and Cubase.
  3. A MacBook with an audio interface and Cubase.
  4. An iPad with an audio interface and Cubasis.

With all of these alternatives, I’ll be able to create MIDI drum and keyboard tracks and to record guitar tracks and even some vocal tracks (if I want to and the demo version requires some vocals). In addition, I have two main things that matter: price and mobility.

In theory, I’d choose #2 and #4 with Steinberg UR44, an audio interface that fits both PC and iPad + Line 6 Sonic Port. That combination would be almost too mobile. And slightly expensive, too, around 1500 euros which happens to be the price of Kemper Profiler as well. The price of this combination would be around 3000 euros. That’s a lot of money, isn’t it? In practice, I’d like to start with something new but inexpensive. An iPad with Cubasis and an inexpensive audio interface. That would be something around 400 and 700 euros, perhaps.

Too bad Google hasn’t been interesting in making Android good at handling low-latency audio software. Well, things are perhaps changing.. But slowly. I mean I already have an Android tablet that could be used for something.

Anyway, it’s funny how things have progressed. In the 90s, EToS wrote many songs with computers and many songs at our rehearsal rooms. In the 2010s, we still do the same but in theory, we can also write songs with our phones and tablets. In the 90s, that would have sounded amazing.

I’ll end this blog entry with another question. “What should I write once I get my new equipment?” Well, EToS is naturally one thing. In addition, I’ve got two or three different styles I’d like to try. There’s the 10-year-old project that’s (once again) heading in a new direction. And there’s some other things I’d like to try, just for fun. Trying new things is what makes me going. And if nothing new comes to my mind, my inspiration just disappears for a while.

So, have a nice summer!

 

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