And the finished product! (Full disclosure, this was done by way of Logic Pro's Live Loops and recording the performances as I switched scenes. The only instrument I'm actually playing here is the bass guitar, I used the keyboard to noodle around with initially and get a melody but put it into Logic Pro's step sequencer once I'd figured it out, and while I did a lot of tweaking to the drums to get them sounding how I wanted, they're ultimately the "Drummer" track.)
Even with the caveats above, I'm super-happy with this one. As I was listening to it and fiddling, I realised I needed a "simple" and "complex" version of the melody so there was a bit more variation during the song, and I'm ALWAYS a sucker for a song with good build-up.
Both my guitar AND bass guitar course have simultaneously gotten into learning about chords and songs "in the key of" and it'd been a while since I'd tried to record anything, so I did some noodling! Pretty happy with it, I used my bass amp plugged into the audio interface along with Two Notes' "Wall of Sound" plugin, and for the guitar I plugged straight into the audio interface and gave Two Notes' new "Genome" plugin a bit of a go. Clean for the rhythm guitar and an edge-of-breakup one for the lead.
(My timing is definitely getting better, but I still used Logic Pro's quantisation function to pull everything FULLY into time instead of constantly recording it over and over until I got it right. 😛)
Recording part two: let there be drums!
I listened to the in-progress mixdown from @[email protected] and used Logic's "Split" function to be able to name the sections of track (Intro, Verse 1, Chorus 1, etc.) and MAN that made it so much easier to follow along and know when to hit the fills!
It look longer than expected, but it's finally here! 🎉
The keys are _very_ nice-feeling, there's a really good weight to them. And I haven't read the manual yet so I have no idea what this is about, but the very lowest key is marked "Panic".
First new bit of guitar kit in a while!
I already have a load box, but the problem with it is that there's no headphone output which means I need to plug it into my USB audio interface which _does_ have a headphone output but is all wired up to my computer setup, which in turn means I can't play my tube amp anywhere except our home office.
This new Suhr one has a headphone output and can be powered from my pedal board power supply so I'll be able to take the amp and pedal board to the front of the house and play with my full setup there, AND it has an auxiliary input as well so I can plug my iPad into it and play along to music or just use GarageBand's backing dummer functionality to have a drum kit to keep in time with.
I have to say, though, this thing is significantly larger than I was expecting!
I've decided to continue my musical journey and get a MIDI keyboard and actually learn how to play it! 😁
I actually had an M-Audio something-or-other keyboard ages ago (nearly twenty years in fact: https://virtualwolf.org/media/posts/1423) but in a similar story to my guitar from 2007, due to the lack of decent learning resources I never actually stuck with it. It turns out that the "Melodics" app I use for learning drums _also_ includes a whole course for keyboard as well so I'm going to take full advantage of it!
I did a bunch of looking around and settled on this, the Roland A-49. The reviews are all glowing and apparently the key feel is very good as well. I could have gotten the black version and probably had it in my hands this week because the white one doesn't seem to be in stock anywhere, but I think the white looks far cleaner and sleeker.