Portable digital home recording

The first song I ever wrote is called Outsold. I sat on it for seven years. Tonight, because of a wild hare you-know-where, I finally recorded it with help from a Dell Latitude D600 laptop, FASoft’s n-Track Studio software, a Tascam US-122 USB Audio/MIDI Interface, an Audio-Technica P48 condenser mic, Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones and a Taylor 310-CE acoustic-electric guitar. My mouse is glaring at me so I had better mention it: Logitech V500 Cordless Notebook Mouse.

The whole process took about six hours: setting up my studio (my hotel room), preparing the recording booth (clamping the microphone gooseneck to the desk), recording the main guitar part (15 takes, two tracks), eating at Red Lobster (fish and chips, two martinis), recording the vocal track (40 takes, one track), recording the soprano guitar part (five takes, two tracks), mixing (five tracks, two sends, nine effects), mastering (one effect) and mixdown (two WAV files, one MP3 file). I hope you enjoy it (3 minutes, 6 seconds).