Replicant Theory (RT): I would like to thank Operation Neptune Spear from across the Atlantic to talk about his latest recordings from an iPad. For those that are not familiar with you or what your music is all about can you tell us a little more about your project / music?
Operation Neptune Spear (ONS): Don’t Start with the hard ones lol
RT: I could have asked what your favorite guitar picks were? And how the color was important.
ONS: Operation Neptune Spear are a one man sonic assault our mission to give light to the pressing issues of the day via the medium of face melting riffs and ear drum bursting vocals
RT: Nice, Dunlop makes a mighty fine pick. I like the gator grips personally. So when you embarked on Neptune Spear, how did you come up with the decision to use an iPad instead of a computer or physical multi-track?
RT: Did you immediately have a plan on what you were going to do or did you spend a ton of time sorting things out and experimenting?
ONS: Not a plan as such I had some songs and riffs in my head so I plugged in via my first gen iRig and found a basic drum loop and recorded the first guitar track for the track opening salvo had really played with the app at that point and didn’t realize you could pan tracks so recorded the bass using a guitar amp as there were no bass amps in GarageBand at that point, so yeah uploaded it to Soundcloud with everything going down the middle channel I did that for a further three tracks then I read online that you could pan tracks at that point I kicked myself and thought maybe I should have experimented first
*hadn’t really played with the app not had really
ONS: I thought it was amazing, I could play and record my guitar with just a lead and a set of headphones instead of having to go to a studio and pay a fortune
ONS: Just the basic built in amps didn’t even bother with the pedals to be honest
ONS: I did indeed, now don’t laugh but I put the audio recorder on and shouted at the IPad can you tell?
I still do that
RT: Dude that is crazy! So by shouting into the built in speaker you get your vocal recordings?!? You sound like Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead!
ONS: High praise indeed you are too kind, yes the vocals are done entirely by the built in speaker, I prop the iPad up, point the top at me and let rip
RT: So you could go anywhere and work on material, eh?
ONS: In theory yes as long as there is a power supply to charge the iPad
RT: When you first started out with this set up, did you think you would pull off professional sounding recordings that sound as polished as they do?
ONS: Ha hell no and that’s the intriguing thing people have said things like “Killer track, great production” and I kinda think no it’s not I did it on my old iPad but I am my own worst critic
RT: Same here. I find it absolutely hilarious! So for other musicians looking to get started or pick up where they left off going this route, would you have any advice for them?
RT: Well said! So if anyone reads this blog, where can they hear Operation Neptune Spear?
RT: Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to talk to the DIY iOS Musician Blog about the inner workings of Operation Neptune Spear! If any readers have questions or comments please let either of us know!
Have a great day!