Where's your technological status at ?
See gear pictorial to the right. This is my current setup. I use all virtual
instruments these days and mix in-the-box. Currently I use
Reason for recording and tracking and
Harrison Mixbus for mixdown and mastering.
However, I would like to move to Universal Audio’s
Luna if it
becomes available for Windows. If it doesn’t over the next few years, I may
jump ship to Mac.
So what's the deal with Luna - why is it so
important when you already have a kick-ass Windows setup ?
Digital recording really took off in the 1990's. So we
could produce our own material without the need to buy expensive
tape based multitrack recorders. Computers added to this with
digital effects so we could not only have big track counts but
effects as well. The problem with the digital revolution is
that we lost a lot of analog evolution.
Why is analog evolution important?
A lot of the analog gear that was used to make famous albums
started to evolve in the 1950's.
invented the EQP-1 equaliser in 1951 and it is one of the most
revered and imitated pieces of gear in the world still today. It
withstood market evolution. Then we come to mixing desks, such
as the Neve
which kept on improving with technology since the 1960's. The
big artists demanded certain gear over the decades so its kind of
like what I call the 'Darwin' of Audio effect. The gear that
survived the market did so because it kept on sounding better, and
better and better.
So what you're saying is that in going Digital
in the 1990's, we had to start from scratch?
Exactly. With digital, we threw away the advantages of
Analog, the warmth and punch that had been baked into the gear over
the previous decades. Same thing happened with Synthesizers.
In 1982 every keyboard player wanted a DX7, and your Moogs and
Prophets were pushed to the back burner for a while until an analog
renaissance in the early 2000's or so.
Likewise with audio recording
gear, Universal Audio and Harrison have done a lot of research in
emulating the analog circuitry of last century and that's exactly
the sound I'm after.
So what do you like most about your setup ?
Its all rack mount, convenient, functional and aesthetically