Week 9: Scarlett Meets Tina

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6

Focusrite Scarlett 8i6

I have good news this week. I finally bought myself an audio interface, it’s a piece of hardware that allows you to record live instruments straight into your computer. The one I got is called a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 and it is very beautiful, in terms of both sound quality and aesthetics. What is the benefit of such a device? Well, if you’ve been following my DIY Beats so far – you may or may not have noticed that all the sounds I use in these tiny productions are created on my computer and most times I have to program the music note for note. I can now record guitar, bass, piano and record live vocals; which means I also don’t have to spend insane amounts of money on recording in a professional studio. I can now do everything at home. The next piece of equipment I need is a mic and any necessary paraphernalia that should go with it.

This week, my interface has allowed me the opportunity for the first time; to record my bass guitar (who I have named “Tina”) intoΒ  my computer. For a first try, I don’t think it sounds too bad – and I am more metronomically tight than I thought I was! So that’s awesome, especially as a bass player. It has also given this week’s beat a very definite sense of momentum and energy, which I found lacking in some of the older beats. Have a listen and tell me what you think:

In addition, my DIY Beats Challenge has been gaining some speed with Jesse saying the following:

“…its brilliant..i cant stop listening to your music.”

That’s what I love to hear. πŸ™‚

Feedback on last week’s DIY Beat – Week 8: Beat Route (which I composed for my cousin Earl/The Route)

The Route

The Route

Craig: “I can definitely start hearing your definitive sound coming through on this one, the way you mix as well. Very clean. This one burst onto a new plateau for me, talking about the second half of the song. Really awesome and probably really hard, I wonder how you approached that hey…You have great grounding now with your mixing skills.”

Jasmine: “I like the first one for the Route better. It’s mellow! I like rap songs that are real laid back! Excited to hear what he does with it!…I dig more mellow things! They are both good!”

Stephanie: “Nice one! sick beats! really enjoying this track!

Here’s what Earl had to say about it: “…it’s a sick beat! The dub step references are excellent bra.”

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16 Comments

    • Thanks so much Kate! πŸ™‚ I haven’t forgotten to post about the blog nomination you gave me, it’s taking forever to finish!

      • No problem! I’ve just got back from seeing Sugar Man. Wow. My heart nearly burst when the audience realised it really was him! Great doco.

      • Yes it’s so moving! I was in a music store the other day, and bought his two re-issue albums. They both have a huge album inlay with essays and lyrics as well, and they’ve been re-mastered as well – you should try and get them. They are amazing: “Cold Fact” and “Coming From Reality” πŸ™‚

      • Thanks – I will go on a little mish tomorrow. He’s playing in Australia in March. I hope I can get there…

      • Tickets for his show in Cape Town in Feb are sold out 😦 I’m quite bummed about that…maybe I can buy a second hand one…should’ve acted faster boohoo

  1. OH CONGRATS!!! I just purchased my first Petal. Vocal petal for reverb and stuff.. HP Helecon? I think it’s called. It’s red… LOL

      • NO I am piecing my PA gear together when money comes… How about you did you plug yours in yet?

      • Yep, that’s how I recorded the bass on the track. I’m still figuring it out, but it’s very intuitive – so it’s a move in the right direction. Hopefully I’ll have a fully fledged personal studio by the end of the year πŸ˜€ Hee

  2. I love the funky bassline!! Thanks so much for taking my suggestions to heart. I also enjoyed the second track as you brought something different to the table πŸ™‚ can’t wait to hear more!!

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