The Martin 00-15, the Casio CZ1000 and the Kurzweil K1000
Welcome to my Studio. All of my music is written, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered at home. When I was a kid (which my wife says I still am), I could only dream of making multi-track recordings at home.
At college (Bates College, Lewiston, ME), I met my first multi-track, a sturdy TEAC reel to reel four track, and fell in love. I made my first primitive recordings with a $90 Japanese acoustic guitar (Stagg) purchased in Thailand, a borrowed electric guitar (thanks Leigh Michl, Bates '84), a Korg synthesizer, and a cheap microphone. This was the basic studio in Pettigrew Hall Room 199 circa 1981 (Prof. Bill Matthews). I used to sign-up for the last time slot (11 PM) and record through the night.
Bates Pettigrew Room 119 Set-Up circa 1981
mp3 Songs from this studio:
Bates Song 1 (synthesizer instrumental)
Revolution (cover of the Beatles)
Just a few years later(1985), on my way back from doing refugee work in Thailand, on a stop-over in Hong Kong, I purchased the first Tascam cassette based four track recorder, the honorable and reliable Porta-One, and a Casio CZ1000 synthesizer.
My first humble home studio
mp3 songs from this studio:
Herbie Scribble (instrumental)
In the late 1980's, I added a used Kurzeil K1000 keyboard to this set-up (ahhh, velocity sensitive weighted keys!), and later an E-Mu Sound Engine (realistic sound samples!)
The first decent keyboard and instrument samples came from this keyboard and module.
In the early 1990's, I started using computer software (Opcode Vision) for manipulating MIDI tracks in a system synchronized thru SMPTE to a Tascam cassette based eight track, using the E-Mu Sound Engine synthesizer module. The CD New Africa Road was recorded on this set up.
The New Africa Road rig
These days (2005), I use two different systems. My desktop based main studio uses a slightly dated set-up on a Mac Blue and White G3 in OS 9, running Emagic Logic Gold (version 3.0), with a Korg NS5R sound module, a Digi-001 PCI audio interface, and a pair of Octava mic's run thru a tube pre-amp. My portable system runs on a PowerBook G4 using either GarageBand (great program for developing ideas or basic recordings), or Logic. Audio/Midi interface is a Tascam USB US-122. The CD The Evidence was recorded on the desktop set up.
The current desktop studio used to record The Evidence.
This chaos is the studio today (I cleaned it up for the picture!)
My current guitars include a Takamine Santa Fe, a Martin 000-15 (mahogany, auditorium), an American Fender Strat and American Fender Tele. Most electric guitar parts in my recordings are run thru a Mesa-Boogie pedal (line recorded) or a mic'd Fender Cyber-Deluxe amp.
I did record in a professional studio once, but was disappointed with the results. Three out of four friends polled liked my home recorded demo more than the over-produced studio cut. This experience taught me that being cheap can be good (even though I earned the studio time by programming some midi-tracks for the studio owner on a commercial project).
Scott Allen's new CD
now available in its entirety
Visit often- song selections will rotate
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