If you’re ready to take that 172-track multitrack masterpiece knocking around in your brain, keep Googling, and the peak of the Studio is not for you. But if you’re a DIY musician who wants to get songs done quickly and without loss of sound quality, and then instantly share them in the digisphere, by all means, read on.
The Striker Studio mobile recorder is a breeze for anyone who has worked with several machines, and easy to learn for novices. The accompanying smartphone app, you can fine-tune mixes where and when you want, simply by sliding to the small dots on the screen, in replacement of the traditional multitrack sliders and buttons.
If you want a vocal higher in the mix? Slide the corresponding dot-up of the screen. You want the horn comes from the left speaker, but on the way back into the mix? Slide the point to the left and down.
The Striker sits in a nice sweet spot between a good iPhone stereo mic attachment and an expensive home multitrack recorder, and for most applications, can replace both. The built-in microphone on the Steeple is fantastic, its short list of onboard effects work fine, and the corresponding multitrack app does stereo mixes in a refreshing, fun way.
The Striker can be used for everything from recording song ideas to put together a nice, good sounding, more demo. I have used it for both a father band I play in. I first recorded a song at 3 and 4 tracks (drum track, guitar, bass, vocals) and a text message to the other members of the band. We took the Spire in our rehearsal room and recorded the entire band at once live on a single track (drums + bass + guitar on one track), which turned out to sound surprisingly good in balance, to see that everything we were doing was the thing in the middle of the room, press the “Sound Check”, which automatically sets the optimum recording level, played a few measures, and then press the “Record.”
It was so easy.
We took the track from scratch and overdubbed seven tracks: electric guitars using the line-in feature on the back and the built-in amp models (there are two), blazers with the help of the built-in microphone, and a delay effect option, and some vocals. The result was an eight-track demo recording that we sent to friends and loved ones (mother thought it was great!) and that we can use as a template if we decide to have a recording studio.
In fact, if you work with it this way, and the Striker can seriously save time and money for bands and musicians, giving you by means of ideas and mixes fast and cheap for you to punch a studio clock and start paying per hour. (It is the fastest 8-track demo that I’ve ever made, and I have been using multitracks since the cassette tape 90s!)
And if you really know what you are doing, most artists would probably use the Spire as a studio or a multitrack recorder to replace, especially if you are primarily getting your music online on a service such as Soundcloud or Bandcamp, or just sharing with friends. Eight tracks are enough for most bands and singer-songwriters, and if you spend enough time at the forefront of the built-in effects, everyone should be able to come up with a good-enough-for-rock-and-roll sound.
You can share your mixes in text messages or e-mail with a single click, or upload them directly to a service like Soundcloud in seconds. With the wireless Wi-fi and a long battery life, it really is a portable multitrack recorder that delivers some amazing results.
All this makes the church Tower as a machine built by musicians, not techies.
Plus, the Spire looks cool. It is the size of a Google Homepage / Amazon Echo, so it takes up almost no space, and it is so visually appealing, does not need to be stored as a bulky, ugly, multi-track board — which means that it is always ready when the next big inspiration hits.