I recorded my first original piece in my current home studio on new year’s eve 2009. That piece began as me just wanting some music to play to to record clips of lead guitar through various amps, pedals, mics and preamps so I could determine which combination I liked best for the lead tone that I was after. After a couple of hours I thought “Why not make it a song, add an acoustic guitar intro and some wordless vocals?”.
I also hit upon the idea of recording a fretless bass solo, and using the piece to start finding what settings on the bass and bass amp I liked best.
When I hear those recordings of mine from 2009 and 2010 I realize my studio, my playing, my recording and mixing skills, and the gear and software I have on hand to record and mix music have all come a long way.
My most recent gear addition is a new Skreddy 1971 pedal. As the original version of “Better Days” was the first recording I made with my new Way Huge Swollen Pickle pedal on guitar, so this new version is the first recording I made with the 1971 pedal on guitar.
It’s one of a few pieces I’ve finished since finally getting a new studio computer in late summer 2016. So this new version uses several plugins and instruments I’ve just gotten since then including Waves Kramer Master Tape and J37 analog tape simulation, Waves TG12345 channel strip, Waves NLS, Waves API 2500 compressor on the drum submix, Waves RS56 EQ, Toontrack EZ Drummer 2, Arturia V Collection 4, and Native Instruments Komplete 11 (the acoustic piano is The Grandeur).
So drums, bass, lead and rhythm guitars, and MIDI piano and synths were redone. I kept the vocal and acoustic guitar tracks from 2009.