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Tedwood
12-29-2014, 05:04 PM
Here's a song we did as a three piece in 1992 in a bedroom.

I thought it holds up fairly well considering

Susanne

http://www.reverbnation.com/tedwood/song/22576968-susanne?1336410755

zeekat
12-30-2014, 12:18 AM
That sounds surprisingly polished, I was expecting some sort of a crude demo-ish recording. Pro level of performances help I guess, quality stuff.

Is it true that portstudios were shoddy and falling apart after a bunch of recordings? I've read somewhere that manuals made you clean and calibrate the thing every 5 minutes and it still crapped itself after a handful of hours recorded.

Giano
12-30-2014, 05:40 AM
Porta Studio and also Roland VS 880 etc. were/are great for recording music !
and because of little options and features better for creativity than daws with thousands of plugins in these days.
I dig the song.

Ha ! "Little wing" - together with "Stairway to heaven" and "Smoke on the water" and "Hey Joe" a song I can not hear any more haha !!!
when I am in a bad mood I sometimes play "Little Wing" and my mood gets worse haha

https://soundcloud.com/giano-riff

msundh
12-30-2014, 06:17 AM
That sounds surprisingly polished, I was expecting some sort of a crude demo-ish recording. Pro level of performances help I guess, quality stuff.

Is it true that portstudios were shoddy and falling apart after a bunch of recordings? I've read somewhere that manuals made you clean and calibrate the thing every 5 minutes and it still crapped itself after a handful of hours recorded.

I had a Porta Studio and I don't recall any problem with it. It was tape, so if you were into it you use a cleaning tape and demagnetizer.
It WAS easy to make Music but in the end you had to do (Deep breath) Sound on Sound! I HATED Sound on Sound!!!

tspring
12-30-2014, 10:43 AM
Hey Ted,

It is great to hear something new from you, even if was recorded over a decade ago. It does hold up well. I think that your guitar skills are even better now though. Sweet sounds then, sweeter sounds now. You have some real gems on your ReverbNation page.

I had a Fostex 4 track back then, one of the reasons that I like DAWS so much today.

T

kindafishy
12-30-2014, 10:57 AM
Very nice. Are you still playing with these guys?

Really like the switching to/from the 1/2 time drums. It creates such a great contrast that forces the listener to re-calibrate once in a while.

Memorable melodies and excellent musicianship.

Sounds like you :).

Rick Settle
12-30-2014, 01:17 PM
I had a Porta Studio and I don't recall any problem with it. It was tape, so if you were into it you use a cleaning tape and demagnetizer.
It WAS easy to make Music but in the end you had to do (Deep breath) Sound on Sound! I HATED Sound on Sound!!!

I really like my DP-24 PORTASTUDIO. No SoS. :) It's there, but I don't have to use it.

Dr Bob
01-10-2015, 03:52 PM
Nice recording! I still have my Portastudio 244 (the first TASCAM).
All transistor. I did put a new record head on it and replaced all the transport microswitches. But all is still good. Can't switch out the dbx though.

Still does a good job ... e.g.

https://soundcloud.com/doctorbob/decorating-blues

dB

europa_man
04-20-2015, 05:06 PM
Porta Studio and also Roland VS 880 etc. were/are great for recording music !
and because of little options and features better for creativity than daws with thousands of plugins in these days.
I dig the song.

Ha ! "Little wing" - together with "Stairway to heaven" and "Smoke on the water" and "Hey Joe" a song I can not hear any more haha !!!
when I am in a bad mood I sometimes play "Little Wing" and my mood gets worse haha

https://soundcloud.com/giano-riff

We did a lot of recording on the ole Roland VS-880 & VS-880ex.
Now I'm mixing those songs that never got finished in Reaper.

Here's an old song I recorded with my partner Dave in the VS-880 we did for TV venture that's still in the works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLD3GybIDac

Eric

endorka
05-02-2015, 04:15 AM
Here's a song we did as a three piece in 1992 in a bedroom.
I thought it holds up fairly well considering


Indeed so - good work.

As teenagers in the late eighties we did some demos on a 4 track portastudio and they were nowhere near as good sounding as this.

In retrospect, the limiting factor was not the recording device, but lack of decent outboard EQ and compressors. And had we had them, the lack of clue in operating them - we worked hard on the sound, but finding information was much harder back then.

Jennifer