It was expensive. It was cute. It was useless……. I wanted to overdub a guitar solo and harmony vocals onto a draft track of a new Kathy X song. But would my new expensive cute useless device let me do that….?
Count-ins, fade-outs, panning, sampling, 6 live drum sounds, 9 guitar sounds, string section and fun-audio-experience graphics – No problem. Overdubbing one track? – Highly impossible.
So I did a non-overdubbed track.. No guitar solo. No harmony vocals. I wanted to e-mail it to Dr Duck the drummer so he could figure out some beats. However the fruits of my labour emerged in the form of a “CAF” (Confusion And Futility?) file which his computer couldn’t open.
I’d bought the expensive-cute-useless device because I needed a no-brainer bedroom-guitar recording device. Then I remembered – in another life that’s EXACTLY what I used to have. Two in fact. They were called “cassette recorders” I would record a song on one. There was a little dial to control the input volume level. If I didn’t get the song right, I wiped the track and started again. When I was happy with the recording I played along with it, making the final recording on the second player. OK, I couldn’t have converted the fruits of my labour into an MP3. But in the hours that it took to convert the CAF to an MP3 I could have jumped on a bus and taken the cassette round to Dr D. With time over to sample his HMP (home-made pizza)
just call me a 21st century Luddite!