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An optimistic morning…


The day is still and only on the coast does there appear to be the rumour of a chill wind. The light is sharp and the low morning sun keeps one honest when driving east along the north Deeside road. The gulls, judging by the absence of airborne nagging and screaming, must be sunning themselves on the cliffs nearby. Being Friday, I have high hopes of exeunt-ing this battleship-grey office building shortly after noon and do some real work in the studio…

…I have come to the conclusion that one EQ and one compressor – both used with a very light hand – is all that the guitar tracks are going to get. Deifinitely no hi-shelf on the EQ – I’ll provide any air together with the voice when brought together later on. There are – what? – half-a-dozen, or so, songs that are ready to be mixed? ‘Bout that. A simple task you might think for acoustic guitar and vocal, but it’s given me no end of trouble in the past – it’s something to do with the exposed nature of it all – no band or orchestra to hide behind. Ha! Any little sonic flaw seems to slap me in the face with its impudence. Damn things. Anyway, fingers crossed, folks. I’ll pick one, see how it goes, and post it here for you to tear into”¦

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