Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

A little history...

My interest in recording began in high school when a friend and I got together one Christmas break and tried our hand at "multitracking" using two cassette decks. After a couple of overdub passes, the audio quality of what we recorded sucked, but I didn't care...I was hooked on recording. From there I graduated to a Tascam Portastudio 424 and some really cheap Teac mics. I "produced" recordings of my friends; some live stuff of us jamming in my living room, covers of Cream and Hendrix tunes, and even an EP of our original material. Not bad for high school kids in the early 1990s. While I kept fooling around with my four track and high bias cassette tapes in high school, I somehow obtained really low bitrate samples of audio from Ren and Stimpy and figured out how to edit them using an Apple Macintosh LC II, which was my first, even if somewhat primitive, introduction to digital audio.

Fast forward (no pun intended) to my time studying at the Australian National University; I got some access to the ANU School of Music's recording studio. The ANU's studio was limited by today's standards, but quite decent for a regional Australian studio of the time - a nice mic locker with several european branded mics, 24 channel console, 8 track reel to reel (1" I think), dbx noise reduction, and a couple of outboard effects units. There was also a PowerMac running something like Session for stereo editing. I'm grateful to have been exposed to the analog recording world during the infancy of digital recording - many lessons from those days have served me well in the work that I have been fortunate enough to do.