Wayne's Weekly Reader

by Wayne Klick

March 31, 1999

I couple of weeks ago I wrote a column about MP3, and how the wonders of digital computing facilitate listening to music and discovering new bands.  Well now I'm taking it a step further.  I'm learning how to record and mix audio on my computer.

I have discovered another new and exciting aspect of the creative world -- thanks to the bytebox.

I love picking up a new medium.  It's like losing your virginity again.  It is also very humbling.  I'm reminded of when I first learned how to make A's and B's and C's with one of those big dildo pencils they made you use in the first grade.  It's fantastic, but when I drop the menus on my pirated sound software (thanks Matt) and all the potentials for discovery are listed, I wonder if maybe, at my age, I shouldn't spend my time with things I already know how to do.

Aside from the machine itself, the tools I'm using are almost as crude as that pencil.  This microphone -- you remember the mics that came with the old reel-to-reel personal tape recorders, circa 1968 or so?  Well I think this one is even lower quality.  And the sound software allows for a lot of undos, but not much adjustment once you put it all together.

You might be wondering exactly what it is that I'm recording.  Well I've dug up some of my old poems, and am recording them over some musical and sound texture backgrounds.  As soon as I get something that I think might be worth listening to, you'll be the first to know and I'll set up a download here.  I have to figure out how to do that too.

Sorry if this column is too short.  I need to get back to the studio.

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