Pulled out the old Super Nintendo the other day (circa 1992). Played one of the best games of all time – Donkey Kong Country.

Playing those simple old games reminds me a lot of recording music in a home studio.

This game doesn’t have any fancy 3D animation. The soundtrack is very minimal. And there’s simply not a lot you can do when playing the game.

But I LOVE it.

See, sometimes it’s the simplicity that makes something worthwhile. If you spend all your time making things more complicated than they need to be, you end up frustrated. If it has been a while since you simply had fun in your studio, I suggest doing everything you can to make your next session as simple as possible.

Instead of reaching for all the fancy plugins and microphones and preamps, grab one mic and see what happens.

I think you might find there is something magical in the simplicity.

Something almost Donkey-Kong-like.

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Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

2 Responses to “Channeling My Inner Donkey Kong”

  1. MIke

    exactly what I felt like when I did my first recording into garageband in my ipad mini. It was soooooooooooooo much fun. And yes, we live in crazy times, where a small ipad mini provides a lot more than the 8 track Tascam 38 that I started with and I had to spend nearly 4000 dollars for. I remember the endless hours I had to work for it (I was a student) and the many instant soups I had instead of a solid dinner to save money. Decent reverb was unaffordable.

    But in fact, I recorded a lot more those days. hm……………………………


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