STRAIGHT into the studio to run through some of the songs for Saturday’s live album recording show.
I’m hoping to get more than 30 songs ‘in the bag’ – my usual 60-70-minute set probably has about 20 songs. There’s quite a few songs I haven’t played in a while!
Next job is to check memory card capacities and re-visit my recording channel plan for the recording. As well as my eight tracks from mic/line splits, an audience mic and a stereo pair of mics out front, I’m gonna add my little self-contained Zoom H2N recorder at the front of the stage – two channels capturing MS (mid/side) from the audience side, and the other two channels capturing some stereo stage ambience.
That means the current two gig SD card ain’t gonna be much use, so I order a compatible 32 gig card on Amazon Prime for a tenner.
After lunch I pick up on my quest for better broadband speeds in the area. Our broadband isn’t even fast enough to do a Facebook livestream – the upload speeds are next to useless and despite the Government’s ‘superfast broadband for all’ initiative, BT have no plans to provide such a service to the east side of the loch.
Late afternoon I figure there’s enough daylight left to for a walk, so off I go, plugged into my usual podcasts, feet squelching in my boots which don’t seem to have dried out in the slightest from yesterday’s adventure.
After a (late) dinner we watch Where You’re Meant to Be on BBC iPlayer. The film follows Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) as he updates tradtional ballads – under, at times scathing, critique from the late Sheila Stewart – and tours them round Scotland. Although never a big Arab Strap fan at the time, I really like Moffat’s voice and approach. Well worth a look – available here on the BBC iPlayer for another few weeks.