Habla DIY?

Hey all,

After many months of creative crunch, we would like to welcome you to the new digs.  We have decided to use this space for all things musical, but first and foremost, as a depot for all the challenges of songwriting, arranging, and recording with nothing more than trial and error as an instruction manual. 

Both of us have been making music for the better part of 15 years, and we became sick of hearing the same 2 things:

  1. You are not an engineer, therefore you have no business recording yourselves
  2. “Oh, I would have done that differently”

This is not to say that we’ve lost respect for those dedicated folks who can sit in front of a car sized mixing console for 96 hours straight… It’s more that we’ve gained respect for all of those peeps like us who are working full time, heading home, and trying to capture that perfect mix, with nothing more than a laptop, a mic, some instruments and some ideas…  Further more, we’ve gained respect for all those people who have the balls to put those ideas out there…

Honestly, our main motto for the past 3 years has been “whatever comes out, comes out” and we’ve kept that phrase very close to heart. 

Pirate’s Booty:


Our horde currently consists of:

  • a mac laptop running logic – (we will elaborate on OS and logic version) 
  • apogee one microphone and audio interface
  • a microkorg (cannot stress how much we love this little gizmo)
  • a technics KN1400 keyboard
  • a squier p-bass
  • acid music studio (good for sequencing/editing, can’t beat Derek’s logic rig for audio quality however)
  • Guitars by Fender, Gibson, Rickenbaker, Epiphone, Yamaha, Seagull (Todd has zero guitar loyalty)

(Yes I do)

While we have various other instruments and gizmos strewn all over the place, we try as hard as possible to keep things simple.

As a bookend to this first post, I think it has to be said that music is a dish best shared.  Which is why we will also use this site to shamelessly promote what we have done so far.   Our sincere hope is that this will become a place for others to share as well, but baby steps are in order I suppose…

Cheers everyone… oh and thanks for the idea Chris…


~ by derekandtodd on April 2, 2011.

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