Music Production - the early days

I’ve been playing guitar since I was just 12 years old. Back in those early days, I was just learning the instrument and honing my skills. But it wasn’t until my early 20s that I really started to come into my own as a musician.


In the 80s, I played and sang in local bands around town. I always seemed to be the one in the group responsible for writing the songs. I would bring the initial idea for a song to the band, but then they would add their own interpretations and spin on it. This didn’t always turn out exactly how I had envisioned it in my head.



That’s when I discovered the magic of Cubase and my Atari ST computer. I was able to connect it to my Roland D5 synthesizer and Korg M3R module.


This allowed me to compose full song arrangements, including drums, bass, and keyboards. When I then played these demo versions for the band, they had a much clearer understanding of the direction I was aiming for with the song.



Being able to flesh out the full song structure and instrumentation ahead of time was a game-changer. It allowed the band to more closely capture my initial creative vision, while still leaving room for their own unique contributions. It was the perfect balance between my songwriting and the collaborative efforts of the group.



Those early days of playing in local bands and learning to navigate the songwriting process were formative for me, discovering the power of digital music production tools like Cubase.

Things have moved on

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