Welcome to Fireside Friend-
Fireside Friend is a one man project. All instruments were played, and all songs were written and recorded by Stephen Burns (unless otherwise indicated) in his basement. This is an incredibly lo-fi operation. As a 17 yr old...I lack a lot of funds. Every song was recorded with one or two mics (condensers) plugged into a tube preamp/phantom power and into an M-Audio Fasttrack straight into garageband. This all began about a month ago (November 2008), and hopefully will continue for a while. If you want Fireside Friend's demo just email
Basic Steps & Resources
The first step is to be inspired. Sometimes this is as simple as hearing a little tune in your head and developing it, but it can also be something that's happened to you or a friend that moves you so much that you need to release your emotions in some way. My way is songwriting.
The second step is developing your initial idea. Figuring out how to translate that little tune in your head onto a guitar or bass and then adding drums and other instruments.
The third step is lyrics. These can be the easiest or hardest part. If you've been inspired deeply then they just flow out of you, but sometimes it takes a little time and effort to coax them out.
The final step is recording it all and then mixing and mastering all the tracks. Then allowing others to listen and (hopefully) give you some good feedback, but constructive criticism is helpful as well.
My recording equipment includes:
a series of Nady and CAD condenser mics for the guitar, drums and vocals or a CAD Low-end mic---> Yamaha mixer--->ART Tube Preamp--->rackmount compression--->M-Audio Fasttrack---> Apple MacBook running Garageband.
I have two main guitars: a 1974 Gibson SG and a Rarebird TeleHawk, and my main amp is a 1960's Silvertone 1484 head into an Avatar 1x12 Cabinet. My bass is an Epiphone Thunderbird played through a 1970 Ampeg vt40 and 4x12 cab, and the drums are a no-name set.
I used Garageband as well as all the outboard euiqpment (a series of Nady and CAD condenser mics for the guitar, drums and vocals or a CAD Low-end mic---> Yamaha mixer--->ART Tube Preamp--->rackmount compression--->M-Audio Fasttrack) that I mentioned earlier.