By way of introducing myself… When I first got into recording, a Portastudio was the height of home recording technology and to produce something halfway decent, you had to go to a small studio, which I did just the once, a place called Changes, where I recorded and mixed 4 tracks in a day, (I was good with pre-production and well rehearsed). My first encounter with Cubase was Cubase 2.0 on the Atari ST, later augmented with a Fostex R8 via an MTC-1, (which I still have somewhere). During that era, I re-recorded three of the Changes songs.
Then life intervened as it does and by the time I returned to Cubase, it was Cubase 4 in the era of the VST and, boy, had things changed. Where we had been limited by one reverb, one delay and one stereo compressor, now the amount of plug-ins you can use seemed limitless. (Yet, I can’t help but wonder if the limitations and limited amounts of the hardware back then didn’t make us concentrate on the music more, about which I’ve blogged - http://www.myspace.com/edmondspaul/blog.) Faced with quantum change, I found that most of the techniques I’d cultivated in the Atari era were inadequate or redundant, (and I was so good at editing tape - still got my splicing block), so I set about learning by doing, with my three old and by now familiar friends. Cubase 4 became Cubase 5 and 2010 became 2011 as I recorded, mixed and remixed them. Now, it’s time to unveil them for critical review. So, they wait for those of you kind enough to bother at http://soundcloud.com/smoking-pen/sets/changes-2011.