My 2015 playlist is minimal, to put it politely. Months ago I knew that I would make nothing new but it seemed only right to wait until the year was officially over to document the fact.
I’d already noted in my 2014 playlist that I’ve been focusing my free time on this particular blog, getting the narrative up to date. In 2015 all my free time, other than reading a few books and taking the occasional nap, watching a couple of movies and spending time with my family, from January through August went into Prattle and Din. Now I just add as I go.
In 2015 I made some effort (September and November) to learn Sonar. After twelve years working with ACID Pro it was disconcerting to switch to another DAW. Some things in Sonar are similar or even easier. But sometimes I have no idea how to do something that was a no-brainer in ACID (for instance, pasting a clip (that is, an audio file) multiple times at a set spacing along the timeline (in printing this is called step-and-repeat)).
As mentioned in a previous post, I bought the microphone I’d been lusting after for years. You’ll be hearing it on future recordings though you might not be aware of it. It works very well with my voice. Though I’ll probably continue using the Røde NT-1 for recording most other sounds.
Something I hadn’t mentioned, from lack of time, is that in November I finally bought the Arturia virtual synth collection because it was on sale for $200. These are software replicas of about a dozen classic synthesizers and electronic keyboards popular in the 1960s through the 1980s. I’ve had very little time to play around with them, to actually get to know them, so it’s probably more a matter of infatuation than true love.
(Our younger child, aged 19, took a leave of absence from college and purchased a plane ticket to Australia with the intent of spending a year in Melbourne. It was our plan, therefor, to spend as much of our time together as a family as we could. This included a trip to Florida, officially for a wedding, just before the kid left.
On top of which, a few days before Thanksgiving our stove and kitchen sink were removed as the first step in a long overdue remodeling. We didn’t get the new ones installed until December 22nd, I think it was. This was a distraction. At least, it wasn’t conducive to recording.)
And there you have it. A blank playlist. It’s kind of soothing, don’t you think.