During the 1990’s there was a revolution in recording technology. The first thing that happened was the transition from recording onto multi-track tape (extremely expensive, hi-tech machines, designed to record up to 24 channels simultaneously) to recording onto computer hard disk. The first HD recording systems were equally complex pieces of technology, being purpose-built, self-contained Hi-Fi setups.
By the kid 1990’s we saw the emergence of computer-based systems. This move basically threw open the doors to a whole new set of possibilities. I actually co-owned a studio during this time, and we realised very quickly that the entire fabric of the Recording Industry was going to change. We were lucky to sell & get out before thigns got too bad.
While there still exist a handful of purpose-built, commercial recording studios in Music Centres around the world, the vast majority of music is now recorded using a PC-based system (at least during some stage in the production).
I was lucky to be able to learn about this technology as it developed. I was also able to see where the Industry was going in terms of how songs were going to be recorded in the future. I’ve owned some sort of home-based studio set-up (capable of recording drum tracks) since the late 1990’s.
These days, clients contact me to record for them (mostly via email or phone calls). They send me “stems” (basically a sub-mix of what they’ve done already), I set them up in a new sequence, record my drums to their tracks, and send them back (using one of the many file-transfer systems available (yousendit.com, dropbox.com etc). There are no International boundaries anymore: we now live in a Global Village.
I track drums for people all over the world. I have clients in the UK, Los Angeles, New York, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Japan……