bruce tunkel 

December 20, 2018

State of the Artist

I've always been into home recording. I have nothing against recording studios, but I've always been fascinated with the recording process and I also like to endlessly tinker with my songs/mixes. So, home recording has been my chosen method for a long time. Prior to 2004 or so, I was working with a Fostex 8-track reel-to-reel ("Last Chance Afternoon" was recorded on that as well as the first Red House record), and ADAT (“Trampoline", "Setlist", "Sitting/Waiting”). While I felt that I got passable results, the equipment was limiting in that 1) I couldn't really record live performances 2) # of tracks was very limited and 3) the quality of effects processors was weak.

Since 2004, I got into computer based recording. I have traveled a long road paved with songwriting, learning, distractions, family, obsessions and insanity. But let's stick to the music for now. The setup I have arrived at now (details to come in later posts) has finally removed the limitations and I feel that I can really capture what I hear in my head now. However, getting there is not as easy as just buying a computer and Logic Pro (my DAW) - I have spent a great deal of time getting the right plug-ins and virtual instruments, and learning to work with them in a natural way.

Since 2015, I’ve been more productive musically than I have ever been. I released the double CD “We’ll Make It Up As We Go” (2015), “Bittersweet” (2017), and the 30 track Singles Collections. Also, co-wrote the songs on “The Susan Rumors” (2017). That’s 70 songs worth.

Currently, I’m in progress on a new project. I’ll have more to say on that topic soon. What I will say is don’t plan on slowing down.



2 comments on “State of the Artist”

  1. Computer recording has become so much easier - even given its steep learning curve - since machines with fast processors, significant memory, and powerful sound cards have existed. I use Cubase 8 for recording and mixing, and still haven't come close to capturing or understanding everything it can do. That's part of the experimental fun, I guess! For what it's worth, your recorded results are stellar and sound fantastic.

    1. Thanks Cory! I still love the recording process and all the technology. I wish I had this stuff 30 years ago!

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