The other night my friend was showing me his new sampler. It’s new to him, not the world. He’s also got a pretty old drum machine. Super hipster stuff, I know. But it got me excited to go home and make some tunes.
So I did, I pulled out my midi keyboard, fired up Logic and went to town trying to relay the sounds from my head onto my laptop.
I failed miserably. Within minutes, I was zooming way in on the editor trying to fix some notes that didn’t auto-align perfectly. To the ear, you’d never know it was off beat. But I could see it to be so.
This went on for an hour or two and in the end I had a sliver of a song that I wasn’t happy with at all. Delete, go to bed.
I realize most people think this is an excuse, because thousands of others successfully create music all the time in this fashion. Maybe that’s an accurate assessment. But I still hate it. Rather than sucking it up and buying a bunch of physical devices for recording and music creation, I keep fighting with my computer, thinking somehow the relationship will change.
It won’t. I’m hitting ebay.