Monday, January 8, 2018

no such thing as a bad mic

My friend Thom, a pretty well-regarded and very talented record producer, once said to me something along the lines of, "There is no such thing as a bad mic. Every microphone is really good at doing at least one thing. It's an engineer's job to figure out what that one thing is and to know when to use it."

Thom recorded and produced the first SPOUSE full-length, Nozomi, and part of the follow-up, Love Can't Save This Love. He was still fairly new at the whole record-producing thing back then, but everyone knew he was talented and driven. He's worked on a ton of albums since, many of which you've probably heard and enjoyed. I haven't spoken to him in about 4 or 5 years, but hopefully, he's doing well and keeping busy.

Anyway, back to what I was explaining about the microphone... I think people function in the same way. I'm not sure what my one really good thing is. I don't know if it's singing, songwriting, coming up with bass parts; I'm just not sure. If anything, I guess, until I do, I feel like a generic knock-off of an SM58; I'm not popular like a 58, I'm not even part of the cool brand, but I'm dynamic, if not entirely reliable.

Here's one of the tracks that Thom produced. I originally tracked the song on my Fostex X-28 4-track recorder. Thom and my other friend Mark (who co-produced Nozomi) took the 4-track recording and expanded on it. I learned a lot from those guys.

While I was combing through my catalog I came upon a track that was previously only available as a bonus track (and was thus not visible to most folks). I made it visible 'cause I wanted to share it. This is a demo for one of my ASJ songs. I think it captures the energy I hope to aim for the next time I get a chance to write and record.

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