All of the Raven Boy Music albums have been recorded in a home studio. It started in an apartment in California in 1988. I recorded “Outside of Time” on a 4-track cassette recorder with cheap stage microphones in the living room. But hey. It worked.
As time moved on and I learned more, I got some better equipment. The first main upgrade was to a better 4-track cassette recorder. And I learned about Dolby noise reduction. Those tapes were awfully hissy :-). I also learned about different kinds of mics and actually used barrier mics (plates) on stands to record my 2nd album. I think I learned about this from a Recording Magazine article :-P. Weird, but hey – again, it worked OK.
Years later I recorded with some rented equipment – a digital tape machine called an ADAT. I recorded SOME tracks for “Everything That Matters” on the ADAT. I also recorded one song in a commercial recording studio. But I wasn’t actually happy with how it sounded, so I re-recorded it at home on my upgraded cassette recorder using a condenser mic. It sounded pretty much the same as the one from the commercial studio. So I finished the rest of the songs that way.
Then my grandmother left me a bit of money when she passed away and I bought a Roland VS-880 digital multitrack recorder. From that point on – around 1998, everything was all digital.
The next big thing was the ability to record straight into the computer. I started doing that in about 2003 and have been doing it that way ever since.