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At the beginning of the summer, I bought a
Zoom 8-channel digital recorder/mixer
to use for future
gigs. Our setup has been increasingly difficult to use, especially when
we want to record each of us on discrete channels for mixdown by Terry
later. Hopefully this will simplify our connections (we've been in adaptor
hell for several years now...) and make it easy to plug-n-play. We're
not bad for quick set-up
now, but the occassional bobble in wiring can be tricky to deal
with just before we play. The specs on the recorder/mixer looked good,
and I've been impressed by the Zoom products I've used in the past.
I wanted to learn how to operate the thing, so the best way I could
imagine doing that was to use it to make some music. Plus this
provided a good excuse in a summer when the Inspiration Muse seemed
to be on vacation (as if capital-I "Inspiration" was really a
determining motivator -- sometimes ya just gotta do something).
I still feel compelled to make musc,
although I can't really say why. I make it, I listen to it, that's
about it. Pretending that I'm learning something is about
as facile a reason as I can invent these days.
So the four pieces above are little etude-like things again, using
my guitar to explore how the device works.