As my job involves staring at a screen, and I fill my free time with YouTube and video games, I’m keen to keep screens out of music as much as possible. Or at least big displays - most synths and some guitar pedals have displays, but I don’t spend long hours looking at them.
So with that in mind has anyone found any good approaches for recording simple tracks without a computer? Has it worked for you or is it just a matter of time before you head back to a DAW?
Things I have considered:
1) the 1010music bluebox mixer - it’s designed for synths (and has a big digital display, which makes a mockery of this post) but it’s small and can store different takes for the same track
2) the tascam mixers with multitrack recording - quite large though, and haven’t seen much in the process of putting songs together on them
3) the Octatrack - not designed for it, but has lots of cool features
4) the digital multitrack recorders - these all look a bit long in the for now. It would be nice to see something new on the market
i currently use GarageBand - sometimes I do go in and move tracks around to better match the beat or cut out mistakes. I’ve started using panning a bit, but I don’t tend to use anything other than compression and EQ once the tracks are recorded. I think I could get by on a relatively simple device as long as the audio quality is good and it’s not introducing noise
any positive or negative experiences when trying to cut out computers?