I’d like to share a little insight on how I made my Homesense album that was released in 2014 on my own Blikmuzik label as a limited edition cassette + digital download.
I would like to point out that even though I praise analog hardware so much, I still use computers from time to time. There are things that can’t be done with hardware alone.
For this album I used Propellerheads Reason 5 and a cassette tape. Most of the tracks I did were not written in a traditional linear way like most of us used to. Instead I have created a little groove of 4 – 8 bars with everything playing simultaneously. I then used my midi controller to control various parameters of the program, like mixer faders, synth filters and effects in real time. This allowed me to have a jam (a live performance) without looking at the computer, something that I would do when using an analog mixing desk. I recorded everything life in to a cassette tape and captured my life performance in real time. The reason for cassette tape mixdown is simple: I don’t like plain crystal clear sound of digital, especially Reason. Cassette tape gives a little lo-fi sound, making everything sound natural to me, the bass becomes round and hi frequencies gets cut smoothly and become more pleasant. I then bounce it all from tape back to computer. If my jam is too long, I edit it to a more sensible length. Then I used iZotope RX3 Denoiser to remove the hiss from the tape while still leaving the analog character of a tape. And then I sent it off to mastering. That’s pretty much it.
Hope you find it interesting and the information is useful to you.
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