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Captain Jim 05-15-2019 08:55 PM

More back and forth with this one. The most folksy sound to date. Mark started it with a guitar and keyboard tracks. I added vocals, bass, and percussion (snare and tambourine). Back to Mark, where he added more vocals and an organ track.

A cover of the Traveling Wilburys song, At the End of the Line. I didn't know that was the name of this song (thought it was "Well, It's Alright"). A lot of vocals in the original, the Spire allowed us to sound like more than two guys.

Learning, making music, and having fun.

Captain Jim 05-19-2019 09:05 PM

This Spire Studio recording started as a live track with guitar, keyboard, and vocal two months ago. Today, my music partner added another piano track and a marimba track and sent it on to me. I added another vocal and guitar track, bass, and drums. Our version of Son of a Son of a Sailor...

Captain Jim 05-26-2019 04:50 PM

If you've been considering a Spire Studio, IZotope is offering $50 off until June 7th...

Good deal. Regular $349, buy it now for $299.

Captain Jim 05-30-2019 01:50 PM

Another run at my favorite Billy Joel song. Mark sent me some piano tracks last night. I haven't picked up the harmonica since April, so I did some rehearsing before pressing "record." I added vocal, bass, drum, and harmonica tracks. Here's an updated version of Piano Man...

This works great using the Spire Studio to send tracks back and forth. Mark recorded a "vocal cue" track for me - I had his voice in my ear as I recorded along with his piano tracks, him letting me know when to come in with harmonica, the start of each verse, etc. Slick. Then, delete that track when I have added my tracks. It's a good recording tool.

Captain Jim 06-05-2019 08:41 AM

Some Spire Studio "situation" updates. My music partner's Spire Studio had the onboard mic crap out. He has had it about two months; he's still waiting to hear back from Izotope for some customer support.

He sent me some Spire files last night, with piano and strings (synth) - the Grace Design preamp inputs still work. I loaded those files and added a vocal track. Since that went pretty fast, I decided to go ahead and do bass, drum, and acoustic guitar tracks before calling it a night. When I went to shut down the Spire, it gave me a notice that "Some tracks have been lost."

Yep. The vocal track was still there, but everything after that, including the trimming and mixing, was gone. It was getting late, so I called it a night. Re-did the other tracks this morning.

I held my breath when I went to upload the files to send back to Mark, but everything stayed. Hopefully, that is a one-off issue... or maybe Izotope will be releasing a firmware update to address this?

Mark thought we should learn an Elton John song, since there is new interest in his music with the recent RocketMan movie. Here's our version of Your Song (done long distance with the Spire Studio)...

Captain Jim 06-05-2019 06:25 PM

A quick reply to my question about "losing tracks" from the customer service folks at iZotope (makers of the Spire Studio). I thought I read that when the Spire was connected to your device (in my case, an iPad Pro 12.9), it automatically transferred, then deleted, the files from the Spire unit. Apparently, that is not the case. (?) I was asked to check the remaining capacity... it was 91% full.

They also had me use a function within the set up to send them a diagnostic file. I'll be interested in what they say.

In the meantime, I uploaded Spire files to my laptop, in case I decide I want to do anything different with those files. Otherwise, I save all my completed projects as wav files.

I was impressed with the quick response from iZotope. My partner with a mic issue on his Spire Studio has been told they will replace it. Good customer service in a timely manner.

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