I have been meaning to start an online store selling loops and beats. It’s time to make that happen. I think that there is a room for a more useful format for loops where there is a lot more creativity left in the selection of sections of longer loops. I also always look for loops with starts, variations and endings so that they can be really used in the creation of a song structure rather that just one bit of audio that does only one thing. I hope that there will be other people interested in these more customisable loops.
I have been thinking about where technology has taken the studio over the last 20 years. So much of it now is software based and the actual recording of sound seems to have taken a back seat to what happens in the computer. Sure, you can do a lot without ever recording anything new or original, but if you want to find your own sound you need to get sounds coming in to your system that are original. That is where the new concept for a recording studio comes in. I have an idea for a docking system where there are multiple sources of sound, microphones, inputs from old synthesisers, guitars, percussion and keyboards. The difference from the old days would be that the sounds need to be captured into the new system rather that left running live like they used to be in the days of midi. It is only a subtle difference in thinking but to me it represents a new way forward where I can create original sounds and capture the magic.
Sadly it turns out that most bits of rack equipment just don’t stand the test of time. I have been digging out some old bits of outboard to add them to the studio set up again only to find that one after the other they don’t work any more! It is probably battery power for the internal memories that has gone, which should be easy to fix with a bit of courage and a soldering iron, but its weird they all seemed to have failed at the same time.