Recorded A Track In Pro Tools

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"I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends. They're in my head..."
--
Nirvana, Lithium

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the release of probably the most influential rock album in my lifetime, Nirvana's
Nevermind. There is a big studio re-release planned for Tuesday, and I for one could not be more excited. This record meant so much to me in my life for so many reasons. The first riff I ever learned how to play on guitar was from the third track, Come As You Are. Something about the raw energy but the meticulous tightness mixed with the angst in the lyrics really spoke to a generation, and like the Beatles, it continues to resonate with today's youth. It always amazes me when I see young kids wearing Nirvana shirts.

The day
Kurt Cobain's body was found, I was 13, and I literally cried like I'd lost a close member of my family. He never wanted to be the mega-rockstar he became, but his music affected me unlike any one else's has (before or even in the almost twenty years after). Even listening to the record now, it's almost unbelievable that it's two decades old. It's so freakin' awesome!

To celebrate the anniversary, I decided to make a multi-track recording of
Lithium in Pro Tools. A few years ago, my friend Cyrus sold me his digidesign digi 002 console (a music production system control surface that lets you record and mix multiple tracks) for $400.
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I had never used the software before. It was another one of those things I had procrastinated on. I knew it was going to be a little complicated, but I figured there would be a way for me to just treat it as a 4-track recorder.
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I brought it down to its bare bones usage and was able to lay down a couple of tracks; a guitar track and a bass track.
ProToolsScreen.tiff

You can listen to my result here:


This was a fun project. I got to honor my favorite band and learn something that I'd delayed for quite some time. It was a productive Saturday that was both fun and educational, and in another twenty years, I hope people are as fond of Nirvana's music as I still am now.

Related Item:
Nevermind
Digidesign Digi 002 Firewire Music Production System
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