The issue of not having enough money for things you want is one I guess is familiar to most people. I’m in this position at the moment, wanting to buy something but not being sure that I can really afford it right now.
As many of you will know, I’m currently trying to record an album with the band I set up at church, called Rooted. It’s sounding great at the moment, but tackling the problem of recording has proved a bit of a nightmare. Anna, our keyboardist, has been letting us use her multitrack recorder so far, enabling us to record several of us all at once, which has been very useful. The main problem with this is that we all have to be playing perfectly all at the same time, and a live recording isn’t really what I’m after for most of the tracks. So now I’m seriously looking into turning my dining room into a home recording studio.
I already have a small mixing desk on loan from my friend Andy, and I have a few cables and a microphone, so I can record stuff onto my computer with relative ease. The problem now is the software I’m using to do the recording. So far I’ve been using Audacity, which is a freeware program available for pretty much every platform. It’s ok, but it doesn’t sport any of the nice useful recording features that are really needed for producing an album, like an EQ panel, or combining several tracks into one, or easily manipulating what you’ve recorded. It has also been crashing quite a lot recently.
The solution is probably to be found in Logic Express 7, which from what I’ve read is the perfect product for me at the moment. It has fairly comprehensive audio editing capabilities, combined with music notation, so I could use the software for both recording my album and also writing out the music so other people can play it (writing music is something I’ve not been able to do for some time now). The one thing holding me back is the cost – the cheapest I’ve seen it is about £120 (apart from the illegal copies, but I’m steering clear of those), which right at the moment is a little out of my budget. I suppose the easy answer is to just wait until I get paid at the end of the month, but that involves waiting. I’m not even sure why I’m posting all this, if any of you are likely to leave a comment for me it’s fairly safe to assume that you’ll be recommending waiting until I have the money. Unless there’s a nice friendly person who has £120 just lying around that they want to donate to a worthy cause…?