I built above my garage to give me a recording space separate from the
house. Previously I'd been using the spare bedroom which was OK if I was
in the house on my own but not too good when the rest of the family was
present. As the house is next to the canal bank I decided to call the
new studio Towpath.
At first I used a Fostex D90 and DMT8 to give me 16 tracks of digital
audio linked to an Atari ST for sequencing.
For the last number of years I've been using a purpose built music PC
running Cubase SX2.
In 2015 I bought a laptop to do my main work so the old PC is now in semi-retirement
and Reaper is my DAW of choice.
The studio was constructed to enable me to record mainly my own songs
as I had done for many years. Inevitably, I began to record other singers
and bands, and until last year when I did the "Blackleg Miner"
album, I've now got to the stage where I never seem to find the time to
do any of my own material!
After recording (3 albums) and playing with The Dags, I've since played
live occasionally with Alan
Coles, Jon Airdrie and The Shelleys
and Tom Crow.