Deathbru goes digital

November 24th, 2003

I installed Cool Edit Pro onto my ageing home PC this weekend in order to record the next Deathbru album that may or may not be entitled “Subway to Venus”. It sure was good to have more than 4 physical tracks available to me to record material. No longer must I mix down and bounce tracks in order to get a full blown compliment of instruments onto a song. Now I have 280 of the buggers to play with. I did a little test composition comprising of bass, drums, keyboard, guitar and bass and was fascinated to have the tools of a professional recording studio available to me (I can now eq each track and add effects from the board! – Cool). I now have to deal with hard disk space rather than cassettes. The recording methods are going to take time to get used to as well. In order to save space on my computer I’m gonna have to chop up repeated material (sequences of strummed guitar, bass and drum patterns for example) and then paste them all together to create a finished piece. It’s certainly going to be an adventure into the digital world of recording. I have the advantage of having worked in a recording studio using ProTools during my university days. The Cool Edit software isn’t a hundred miles away from it. Back in ’94 I worked in another studio using mostly analogue racks as well as Cubase to create stuff so it’s all gonna come back to me I’m sure.

I recorded Shay performing a cover of “Angel of Harlem” by U2 yesterday. He attempted to sing the song four times before giving up, realising that it’s much more difficult to get a perfect performance than when you’re playing live. Still, the man showed promise and will still be enlisted to contribute something to the next project. I later made him sit through loads of old Deathbru material and to his credit he managed to get through a lot before pleading with me to leave him alone. Still, he now knows the vibe of the ‘bru.

The working philosophy of Cool Edit almost inspires me to make a chillout album of Deathbru samples from the early unlisteneable albums. It could be great. Maybe…