Friday, November 15, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Oh, hey, I'm going to try making music and stuff.

Been learning guitar for the past two months, and discovered that you can use the Realtone cable from Rocksmith as a (really cheap) digital interface.
Combine with my Macbook and GarageBand, a Shure SM57 and a 1/4in coupler, and voila, home recording studio.
Amazing what you can do with computers these days.

Anyway, the whole point of learning to play guitar is so that you can make music.
So today I wrote a (crappy) song, plugged in my guitar and mike, recorded the thing, and mixed it down (also crappily).
My home amp is a modeling amp anyway, so switching to the software modeled amps of GarageBand isn't really much of a step down. I probably could have miced my own amp, but that seems pointless unless I have something good.

Also, recording yourself is amazingly good guitar practice, as you play the parts over and over and over and over to get a good take, paying attention to timing, and the tracks you've already recorded. Super useful.

Anyhow, it's not a long song, and it is a long, long way from a GOOD song, but by god, it is a song.
You can only go upward, right?

Here it is. Watch out, it has a dirty word in it.