August 12, 2015
Q: Why not just play an actual guitar?
Let’s take a moment to consider the implications of this question.
You get on the bus for your daily commute with your Marshall JCM900 and 4X12 cabinet. You set it up. You’ll probably need an extra seat or two as well as some help holding the whole stack in place during the bumpy ride. Oh, and don’t forget the generator you’ll need for power. You can rent one of those for around $75. Now, unsheathe your mighty axe and plug ‘er in. Turn on your amp, wait a few seconds, and you’re ready to wail - once you’ve tuned your guitar, of course.
Five minutes and 30 incredulous passengers later, you’ve nailed down a riff you can’t afford to forget. It’s time to make this thing official.
Get out your full desktop computer, interface, and condenser microphone complete with microphone stand. Good thing you brought those. The microphone stand’s rubber feet are going to pick up quite a bit of bus movement through the floor. This should translate, in the recording, into what you might hear inside your head if you were to plug your ears and swish around a mouthful of chocolate pudding. You’ve gotta get this perfect, so you’re gonna need to run through it a few times. Lucky for you, the lone guitar riff, without any context, is obviously so slammin' that the busload of strangers around you will surely be on their feet wildly cheering and throwing their wallets at you after hearing it a dozen times.
A: There’s a time and a place for everything.
The jamstik isn’t here to replace the guitar. The jamstik is a tool that helps you make music anywhere.
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