Did You Know?
These days, anyone who owns a smartphone or tablet can become a recording artist. But making records was not as accessible before music recording apps and software. The Foo Fighters remember how the process was when music was recorded on tape. Did you know that Dave Grohl, the band's frontman, insisted on going fully analog for their seventh album called Wasting Light? The recording was done in 2010 in Grohl's Encino home. They brought in some of the best studio monitors, track recorders, preamps, and other gear - but no computers. Everything was done without any audio editors. But they were not completely void of modern technology. The recording team hooked up a 42-inch TV with two cameras that are pointed at the track recorders and the drums. That was how people in the control room maintained visual contact with Taylor Hawkins, the drummer.
The word "raw" perfectly describes how the Foo Fighters recorded Wasting Light and how it ended up sounding. It showed how skilled and professional everyone involved in the process is. If this story inspired you to start recording at home, heed the team's advice: Configure your current gear to fit the room you are recording in. These geniuses said that you do not need to get new studio monitors or get the best studio mics. Find a way to make your records sound good and focus on perfecting your performances!