A lot has happened in the past 7 months that prevented me from recording and posting…Long story short, my brand new Tascam US-800 interface turned out not to work with my Windows 7 – 64 bit computer. I searched high and low online but simply couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get it to work. I was frustrated beyond belief and eventually just quit recording altogether. I finally sent the interface back to Tascam, who issued me a full refund right away (apparently they had known the issue with this discontinued model and its incompatibility with Windows 7 – 64 bit). I didn’t want the money — I wanted an interface that worked for me, but I really didn’t know which interface to get. After all, I’m a classical musician, not a recording engineer.
Then I found out Guitar Center offered free recording lessons every Saturday morning, so I decided to check them out to see if it would help me understand the whole recording process a little better. At first I was totally clueless, but after a few sessions I started to feel more familiar with the recording terminology and equipments. So here are the new equipments I bought in the past few weeks —
– M-Audio Fast Track Ultra interface
-Pro Tools MP – (the software that came with M-Audio)
-Yamaha P-155 – I’ve been wanting to buy a keyboard for a while and eventually decided to go with this one because of it has weighted keys and the touch is pretty sensitive. It can also be used as a midi.
-On Stage KS7150 Table Top Keyboard Stand – for my Yamaha keyboard I originally purchased a standard sized keyboard stand which was adjustable from 27″ to 39″. 27″ turned out to be just one inch too high for me. It was to either purchase a tall keyboard bench, or a lower keyboard, and I decided to go with the latter.
The recording lessons at Guitar Center also helped me connect with the instructor Ben, who actually came to my house tonight for a private recording lesson. I was so glad to find someone who could set everything up for me without me having to read through the horribly complicated manuals. Ha! Ben also made me realize I probably was never going to figure all these things out without help.
So here’s the first short clip I did after my recording lesson, hope you enjoy it. This is the theme from Mozart’s Piano Sonata KV331 (I promise the rest of the Sonata will come soon!), hope you enjoy —
Mozart Piano Sonata KV 331 – Andante grazioso