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joeybug
05-03-2012, 01:56 AM
Hey everyone :D

So those that follow my updates in the Daily Ukulele will have seen me mention something about a song, and promotion and maybe will have caught that I'm releasing a single. I thought that since it's due for release on May 12th, now would be the time to tell you all about it!

As some of you know, I have been playing Ukulele since August 31st 2010, I joined UU shortly after that and did a song alongside mm stan where we changed the words to the song "Imagine" and that was my first go at song writing. I went on to write eight more songs, the majority of which are never going to be seen by anyone apart from those on my LJ, FB, YT and the posts I've made here.

Some of you may also know that I'm sick. I have a rare form of asthma, M.E (called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in the US), Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), depression, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Fibromyalgia (FMS). Now some of you who know me better will know what all that means for my life, others will just know that sometimes all I post is the Daily Uke and other times nothing at all. The one that's relevant to this post is the FMS.

If you don't know what FMS is, here's a good explanation ---> Life is like a game of kerplunk (http://www.fibroduckfoundation.com/page24.html). There is also The Spoon Theory (http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory-written-by-christine-miserandino/), written for lupus, but applies to so many conditions, including both M.E and FMS

For those of you who don't want to click the links, or know someone who has it, I'm going to be up front here. I am in constant pain, I suffer for every little thing I do, what may be a five on your pain scale is like a three on mine because I'm like this twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. I''m not going to go on about how much I suffer because that's not the point of this post. It's just something you need to know.

Anyway, moving back onto the Ukulele side of things. May 12th is M.E and FMS awareness day, usually I make a post on my LJ and blogs and acknowledge that people should be aware, but have never had anything I could do to *help* them become aware. So, I wrote a song, it's called "It Hurts To Be Me" --- It's being released on May 12th and 100% of the profits will go to The FibroDuck Foundation (http://www.fibroduckfoundation.com/index.html) who are funding research into what causes, what will treat and what may possible cure, Fibromyalgia.

I didn't do it on my own though. Some of you will know Plainsong, she's a close friend of mine and she's seen first hand how bad it is for me some days. I played the song for her and she took it, and made it into the awesome track it is now. She played Ukulele and will possibly do back up vocals, while her husband has done guitar and Bass, she has mixed the song, coached me to sing it and sing it well and what we have now is this track that sounds great (and that's not just pride talking). It's going to be on iTunes and Amazon and a few other places as well and I'd really appreciate it if you would all spread the word and buy a copy. There will be a video out soon too that I'll put up in this post when it's done showing the faces of people with Fibromyalgia, the people, who suffer like me and those who care for them too.

So, I'm asking all of UU to get the word out, to help me raise not only awareness but money for this fabulous foundation to help me fund research that will help so many people stop suffering.

Here's why I did it (http://www.fibroduckfoundation.com/page19.html)

Thanks for reading

Joey

P.S Will add video when it's done so you can all hear the song. If it's okay, I'll put a link here or in my sig to buy the track.

vanflynn
05-03-2012, 03:16 AM
Cool. Looking forward to it. Could you rerelease the duet with MM Stan too? I missed that one!

jmw
05-03-2012, 03:36 AM
I kind of wish this post had a "like" button. Looking forward to hearing it!

PoiDog
05-03-2012, 04:34 AM
Great news, Bug!

Well, not the Fibro, etc, but you know :)

Seriously, the fact that you've gone ahead and done something that not only helps raise awareness, but also will do some material good in research and management is really great. My wife agrees, but the way, and will be clicking away on May 12. I'd say you should be very proud of yourself, but I don't wanna pad your ego too much :)

And big ups to Plainsong and her hubby for helping out.

This whole thing is very aloha of all of you.

Freeda
05-03-2012, 05:06 AM
Can't wait to buy it. You are one of my heroes.

Uke Republic
05-03-2012, 05:14 AM
Awesome!!!:)

gyosh
05-03-2012, 05:31 AM
Looking forward to making the purchase.

mm stan
05-03-2012, 05:37 AM
Aloha Joey,
wow that is really cool and awesome...will be waiting...and thank you Plainsong...woo hoo

joeybug
05-03-2012, 05:50 AM
Cool. Looking forward to it. Could you rerelease the duet with MM Stan too? I missed that one!

It was never "released" but was called "Imagine there's no pain" and I'll find the video for you when I'm not about to head to bed!

tjomball
05-03-2012, 05:57 AM
Best of luck to you Joeybug..

tigersister
05-03-2012, 07:38 AM
Cool, Joey! Looking forward to the single.

Canoe Lady
05-03-2012, 07:40 AM
Best of luck to you Joeybug..

I can't wait to hear it! Yes, make sure to post the link when it's ready!
Good for you!!!

uke4ia
05-03-2012, 07:40 AM
When it's on iTunes, will it be under the name Joeybug?

caukulele
05-03-2012, 08:30 AM
Great Joey, so glad that you are doing this. More awareness is always important.

joeybug
05-03-2012, 08:42 AM
When it's on iTunes, will it be under the name Joeybug?

The artist name will be Fibro Duck since that's the charity it supports, but the title has *feat Joey Paul...* as well as Plainsong and her husband's name

Plainsong
05-03-2012, 10:52 AM
Yeah, it's weird how things work out. I've had this little descending line progression that went nowhere, for the past couple of months or so. Then Joey came to me with this song. She said she wanted to play with tempo changes, and that the bridge part should feel like it's descending. It just so happened that my little line fit that bridge perfectly, like it was made for it. That gave me the kick in the butt to complete the thought, and now that little line has a home in a song. :)

So I mostly had the song, and Joey gave her thumb's up, but then it changed again when my husband came to the table. He sped it up, and fleshed out the chords more. And that was great for him because he never picks up a guitar. But having an actual goal to figure something out was the motivation that he needed to pick up and play again. For that, I'm grateful to Joey for the chance for my husband and I to play together. Neither one of us can write lyrics.

I tried adding harmonies, but if I can speak frankly here, Joey's voice has balls to it whereas I just come off sounding like a little boy voice that sounds like something's wrong with the recording. :) Joey really really did an awesome job!

I'm sure it'll be ok with Joey if we post the chords when the song is released. Uke players generally like songs that are interactive! :)

joeybug
05-05-2012, 02:53 AM
here it is on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0080CURPS/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1336216168&sr=8-1) The link I have for iTunes only works on a website, so this is the only one I have right now, but it'll be live on May 12th :D

gyosh
05-05-2012, 04:24 AM
here it is on Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0080CURPS/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1336216168&sr=8-1) The link I have for iTunes only works on a website, so this is the only one I have right now, but it'll be live on May 12th :D

That must be pretty cool and very satisfying to see your song on iTunes and Amazon.. Can't wait until the 12th!

joeybug
05-05-2012, 05:20 AM
That must be pretty cool and very satisfying to see your song on iTunes and Amazon.. Can't wait until the 12th!

It's very weird, it's the same feeling I get when I see my books on amazon, kinda surreal!

myrnaukelele
05-05-2012, 06:40 AM
Good luck with this and best wishes!

joeybug
05-10-2012, 02:09 AM
BUMP - I'lll be posting the music video link in the next couple of days! Plainsong did a great job :D

The Big Kahuna
05-10-2012, 02:27 AM
Awesome job by both of you. I'll be sure to pick up a copy.

The Big Kahuna
05-10-2012, 02:28 AM
Maybe we need to start a Facebook campaign now. The one in England kept the X Factor christmas single from reaching #1 and replaced it with The Foo Fighters. If they can do it once...

joeybug
05-10-2012, 04:27 AM
Maybe we need to start a Facebook campaign now. The one in England kept the X Factor christmas single from reaching #1 and replaced it with The Foo Fighters. If they can do it once...


That would be awesome! Mostly because of the money that would mean for the Foundation, but I don't think it'll happen ;)

mds725
05-10-2012, 07:48 AM
BUMP - I'lll be posting the music video link in the next couple of days! Plainsong did a great job :D

I can't wait to see the video! As someone with asthma (mild compared to yours, Joey), I think it's great that you've gone to so much trouble to raise funds for lung disease research and treatment. Count me in! Godspeed!

Plainsong
05-10-2012, 09:00 AM
Yeah I'm a really mild asthmatic. I can mostly avoid those things that give me flare ups and my inhaler long expired. It's not a biggie. And yet, before it was diagnosed, and I was coughing all the time and couldn't breathe, it was really scary. Multiply that by 5 million and you get some idea of brittle asthma. In high school, my best friend had lupus. To most people it was pretty clear in a flare up that she was in no way faking, but there were some unkind kids and adults that thought she was in a wheelchair with a butterfly rash on her face and braces around her ankles....for fun! I understudied a girl with CFS (also one of Joey's illnesses, it often comes with Fibro in a nice pain cocktail), and no one in the world would have thought this girl was faking.

Why then is the internet filled with trolls when it comes to Fibro and ME? Michael Crawford came out and said he had ME, and ya know the comments on that interview? That he was faking. Because an Olivier and Tony award winning actor and singer has something to gain from making it up.

That's sort of theme of this song. It's anthem, both to let people know that this IS a thing and to be a reminder to those that have it that they are NOT alone.

The Big Kahuna
05-10-2012, 09:18 AM
Amongst other things, I suffer from Arthritis, which affects me mainly in my jaw, hips, knees, neck and wrists. And every time I start to feel sorry for myself, someone (or in this case a few people) comes along and reminds me to man the f**k up and stop complaining, because what I think of as a "disability" would be a huge step up for a lot of people.

Ok, so I have to wash the dishes in two goes. So what, it doesn't have an adverse effect on my quality of life. Anyway, I'm rambling again, so thanks for reminding me that I need to thankful for what I have, and to spare a thought for others....something I tend to forget, being an "animal person" rather than a "people person".

spookefoote
05-10-2012, 10:00 AM
Nice one Joey, can't wait to hear it.

joeybug
05-11-2012, 01:02 AM
I can't wait to see the video! As someone with asthma (mild compared to yours, Joey), I think it's great that you've gone to so much trouble to raise funds for lung disease research and treatment. Count me in! Godspeed!

Thanks, but it's for Fibromyalgia, which isn't a lung disease, maybe one day I'll be inspired to do one for the Asthma charity, but Fibro doesn't get much attention that's good and so people don't send money for research unless they know someone who has it and usually those that do don't have much money themselves!

joeybug
05-11-2012, 01:05 AM
Yeah I'm a really mild asthmatic. I can mostly avoid those things that give me flare ups and my inhaler long expired. It's not a biggie. And yet, before it was diagnosed, and I was coughing all the time and couldn't breathe, it was really scary. Multiply that by 5 million and you get some idea of brittle asthma. In high school, my best friend had lupus. To most people it was pretty clear in a flare up that she was in no way faking, but there were some unkind kids and adults that thought she was in a wheelchair with a butterfly rash on her face and braces around her ankles....for fun! I understudied a girl with CFS (also one of Joey's illnesses, it often comes with Fibro in a nice pain cocktail), and no one in the world would have thought this girl was faking.

Why then is the internet filled with trolls when it comes to Fibro and ME? Michael Crawford came out and said he had ME, and ya know the comments on that interview? That he was faking. Because an Olivier and Tony award winning actor and singer has something to gain from making it up.

That's sort of theme of this song. It's anthem, both to let people know that this IS a thing and to be a reminder to those that have it that they are NOT alone.

That's the thing, people who are flaring don't often get *seen* because we usually hide in the shadows scared to admit we have it incase someone calls us out as being a fake, an attention seeker, addicted to painkillers, the usual. Thankfully, I have good friends, but I know people who don't and that's why I wrote the song, for them and to raise awareness!

austin1
05-11-2012, 02:20 AM
That's the thing, people who are flaring don't often get *seen* because we usually hide in the shadows scared to admit we have it incase someone calls us out as being a fake, an attention seeker, addicted to painkillers, the usual. Thankfully, I have good friends, but I know people who don't and that's why I wrote the song, for them and to raise awareness!

As a teenager, I gave up a lot of weekends to go with a disabled friend of mine to various trade shows and speaking engagements to raise awareness for service dogs. My friend had suffered a pretty serious traumatic brain injury, and relied on her dogs to get her through the day and accomplish basic tasks. The problem was, she didn't "look" disabled (whatever that means), and she clearly wasn't blind, so a lot of establishments either threw her out, or wouldn't let her through the front door unless she tied the dogs up outside. Which is illegal and ignorant, but it still happens all the time.

That disabled people have to hide their disability or miss out on things because they don't want to risk being harassed--it blows my mind. I applaud you, Joey, for the excellent excellent things you're doing, and I can't wait to see the video! :D

Plainsong
05-11-2012, 03:52 AM
There's a certain disabled uke player who wasn't even asking a certain uke luthier for a commission, but was just asking about what ballpark prices might be. She got an earful about the kind of person she was, about how she was mooching off of society, and how she wasn't worthy of his work. He could have... ya know... just turned down the commission, or ignored the email. But nooo, so much more satisfying to bully someone when you can get away with it.

(This did not happen to me, but may I never meet this guy in a dark alley.)

Anyway, when I was a kid, we went to this Christmas party. It was all adults so pretty boring for me. But then there was this older teenage girl there. She was in a wheelchair and had some pretty serious conditions (which I can't remember), but it was the first time I'd ever met anyone like that. I asked her all the questions that a kid does, and then basically hung off her every word because she was older and therefore.... cool.

It didn't occur to me that people would see her as anything other than cool. She was pretty and smart and funny. I'm glad that it still doesn't occur to me. I'm glad that there isn't some part of myself that has turned somehow evil.

Plainsong
05-11-2012, 10:03 AM
Quit PMing Joey about the story I told people. Why do you assume it has anything to do with her? Mind your own business, jeez. There's no Forum Drama here. It's just a thing that happened.

joeybug
05-11-2012, 12:31 PM
As a teenager, I gave up a lot of weekends to go with a disabled friend of mine to various trade shows and speaking engagements to raise awareness for service dogs. My friend had suffered a pretty serious traumatic brain injury, and relied on her dogs to get her through the day and accomplish basic tasks. The problem was, she didn't "look" disabled (whatever that means), and she clearly wasn't blind, so a lot of establishments either threw her out, or wouldn't let her through the front door unless she tied the dogs up outside. Which is illegal and ignorant, but it still happens all the time.

That disabled people have to hide their disability or miss out on things because they don't want to risk being harassed--it blows my mind. I applaud you, Joey, for the excellent excellent things you're doing, and I can't wait to see the video! :D

It's not uncommon, or at least for people I know, to tell me that they've had to quit their job because of taking too many sick days due to Fibro/M.E and are told that they are not real conditions. I myself have problems with people not being accommodating because I'm in a wheelchair and it's "too difficult/too much hassle" and I can walk most days (though I just had a fall today that's put me back in my wheelchair for a few days I think) It's why I don't go to an Ukulele club locally, why I usually only socialise online. I have good friends, but most of them I have never met face to face and they're good friends because they know what it's like for me, or they can at least empathise with what's happened to me.

I'm not ashamed of my conditions, they're a fact of my life and part of who I am, and I'm proud of the person I am (well, sometimes) but like I said, I do know people who are too scared to admit they're flaring or the pain is bad or the fibro/brain fog is appalling (ask Plainsong about my typo today!) Some days when I do the DU, I'm only able to string a few sentences together and even then they only make sense in *my* head and no one elses, It's hard to explain to people that you can't remember what a baby cat is called, or what colour is inbetween red and blue and all of that. They say "Oh I have days like that!" and I'm like, yeah, but I have *months* like that and it's not the same, my pain is not the same as your pain, no one's pain is the same and I'm not trying to cause drama, but just because you had a headache yesterday (and I'm talking general you, no one in particular) doesn't mean you know what it's like to have a migraine for THREE weeks and I know people who have had them longer.

My basic point after waffling (yus, I'm foggy today) is that chronic pain is seen as something people do to score drugs or get sympathy or get out of work (and I can see why some people think so) Pain has NO test that shows it exists, I can say my leg hurts and is a 12 on the pain scale and no one can prove otherwise. And it does work, people are sympathetic for acute pain and some chronic pain, but when you tell them that you live with your pain at a five and six out of ten and it's a GOOD day, they look at you like you just grew two heads and hide the silverware because you might steal it to fund your obvious drug habit.

I'm sick of that mentality...and am just realizing this is a long post to just say, people don't get it, they don't and without research and awareness they won't, which is why I, and Plainsong (who has produced both the song and music video and worked overnight and wrote the music and everything, with her husband doing guitar and bass) have released this song. To raise awareness, to fund research, to show people that hey! IT HURTS TO BE ME!

And I'm done..now where did I put my brain?!

mds725
05-11-2012, 12:43 PM
Thanks, but it's for Fibromyalgia, which isn't a lung disease, maybe one day I'll be inspired to do one for the Asthma charity, but Fibro doesn't get much attention that's good and so people don't send money for research unless they know someone who has it and usually those that do don't have much money themselves!

My apologies. I guess I just illustrated why a song that promotes awareness of Fibromyalgia is such a good idea.

joeybug
05-11-2012, 01:02 PM
Since it is now May 12th here in the UK. The video is live, and the song should be too, if not now when it hits midnight in the USA.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFsWwX-i0Q4

Please share with anyone who might want to buy a copy. 100% of the profits go to The Fibroduck Foundation (http://www.fibroduckfoundation.com/page19.html) towards their first research project.

Thank you to anyone who does buy a copy and thank you to Plainsong for all the help, support and late night's she's put into this for me and the Fibroduck Foundation!

joeybug
05-11-2012, 01:30 PM
You can buy from --> http://www.fibroduckfoundation.com/page19.html & Amazon & iTunes!

Plainsong
05-11-2012, 02:52 PM
The Amazon link is here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0080CURPS/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_asp_piNfD.03R4XSP), and the iTunes link is here (http://itunes.apple.com/fi/album/it-hurts-to-be-me-feat.-joey/id524739145). I think it's on Spotify and at the FibroDuck Foundation (http://www.fibroduckfoundation.com) website, but I can't find them.

If you want to read a big wall of text about recording it, check out my blog post here (http://apollostowel.tumblr.com/post/22870495664/on-writing-my-first-song).

To cut to the uke-only part of the recording, I used a Risa uke solid tenor in low g for the strum part, and my Kanilea superconcert with D'addario t2's for the picked part. Both ukes were recorded from a Roland Mobile Cube on the piano setting, with an mxr Analog Chorus pedal. The pedal was plugged into both speakers, and it's a different chorus setting for both parts. The Risa has less of one and the Kanilea more. The amp was recorded with a Blue Snowball mic on setting 3.

Or if you'd rather just skip to the chords:


G D Em C
G D Em C
G C D D7

C* Em D G
C* Em D D7
C* Em D G
C* Em D G

Em + 5th fret A string (Em7) Em
Bm7 + 5th fret A string (D) Bm7
F + 3rd fret A string F
Am + 3rd fret A string Am

G D Em C
G D Em C
G C D G

Em + 5th fret A string (Em7) Em
Bm7 + 5th fret A string (D) Bm7
F + 3rd fret A string F
Am + 3rd fret A string Am

G D Em C
G D Em C
G C D D7

C* Em D G
C* Em D D7
C* Em D G
C* Em D G

G D Em C
G D Em C
G C D G

(C* - powerchord C. 3rd fret A and E strings.)

tjomball
05-11-2012, 10:33 PM
Joeybug I do get it. I live with a diagnosis myself. I have since I was thirteen.
Like yours it's not visible. And like yours mine carries a lot of stigmas and prejudice against it. Probably more in many ways, but less in others again. Mostly from people not understanding or knowing what it is.
All I can say is stay strong Joey.
You're an inspiritation for us all.

Tor-Arne.

joeybug
05-11-2012, 10:48 PM
Joeybug I do get it. I live with a diagnosis myself. I have since I was thirteen.
Like yours it's not visible. And like yours mine carries a lot of stigmas and prejudice against it. Probably more in many ways, but less in others again. Mostly from people not understanding or knowing what it is.
All I can say is stay strong Joey.
You're an inspiritation for us all.

Tor-Arne.

Thank you, I appreciate it :D

bazmaz
05-11-2012, 11:24 PM
Hope it sells bucket loads and gets the message out there Joey!

joeybug
05-12-2012, 02:16 AM
Hope it sells bucket loads and gets the message out there Joey!

Thanks Baz, and I really appreciate the blog post you've done! I'm hoping it gets them closer to the first reseacrh plans, we need research!

Freeda
05-12-2012, 03:14 AM
Bought it!

joeybug
05-12-2012, 03:20 AM
Bought it!

Thanks, Freeda :D

tjomball
05-12-2012, 03:25 AM
Bought it!

I don't think my friendly local branch of my bank would appreciate nor condone me over drafting my account. :(
But rest assured it will be bought.
Damned bank.. Lol
Won't let me use money I don't have.. :D (Good bank, saves my ass.. )

Troubled Man
05-12-2012, 03:59 AM
Thanks Joey, just bought it from Amazon, on repeat now...

Cheers!

Plainsong
05-12-2012, 05:01 AM
Thanks everyone!

bazmaz
05-12-2012, 12:27 PM
Keep buying everyone!

joeybug
05-12-2012, 09:39 PM
Thanks to everyone who's brought a copy!

Plainsong
05-14-2012, 04:08 AM
I'm working on a slower acoustic version, and what is it with me and my mics that no matter what I do, a single strummed uke always sounds distorted through laptop speakers? I don't have clipping going on, yet there it is, distortion. Through multiple cheap and expensive headphones, no distortion. My Macbook speakers hate me.

uke4ia
05-15-2012, 01:44 PM
I just bought the single from iTunes. Nice stuff!

Plainsong
05-15-2012, 01:58 PM
Thanks. Joey's written so more lyrics, which eventually will get some music and we'll see if we can't make an album out of it. :)

tjomball
05-15-2012, 08:11 PM
I'm working on a slower acoustic version, and what is it with me and my mics that no matter what I do, a single strummed uke always sounds distorted through laptop speakers? I don't have clipping going on, yet there it is, distortion. Through multiple cheap and expensive headphones, no distortion. My Macbook speakers hate me.
Do you use any kind of audio interface or do,you use the stock built in soundcard?
What kind of recording setup do you use? Any info you can provide will help me figure out a solution for you.
In the mean time. Try some external speakers. It might just solve it.

Plainsong
05-15-2012, 10:17 PM
I wrote about how and what we used to record here - http://apollostowel.tumblr.com/post/22870495664/on-writing-my-first-song

But I've backed off the reverb on the uke track on the acoustic and that seems to have distortion under control. It doesn't distort with any halfway set of speakers or headphones, but I like to here what it'll sound like with what most people will be listening through. The only issue is it just can't be pushed to get louder without having actual clipping. The Snowball just ain't a loud mic, and I don't understand how people can sit across the room from one, and strum a uke and record like I see in some vids.

When I'm checking for what it sounds like just through laptop speakers, yes that is the internal soundcard. How I usually listen to music on a computer is to simply plug in a Headroom Total Bithead with the crossfeed on. I've got Audio Technica ep700s (really unsung heros at their price point, way better than the ms-1s, I have a set of B&W p5s - but those aren't in any way for monitoring, and some Denon d2000s. My main rig isn't a computer one though.)
The annoying thing is that I get better sound from setting 3, which is omnidirectional. But since it records everything, you get to hear my passionate breathing. LOL.

tjomball
05-15-2012, 11:21 PM
Most of what I've read about the blue snowball mic points to it being more suited for podcast recordings.
I've got no personal experience with the snowball myself. But there are better options for the same money out there.
And your clipping and distortion issues seems to be a fairly common occurrence from the forum posts I've read on the web. I'd look into using a powered USB mic pre amp and a suitable dynamic mic.
It should be just a smidge more expensive than your current blue snowball. You should be getting better results.
But I will still do a brainstorming to see if I can't figure something out for you..

Plainsong
05-15-2012, 11:48 PM
Yeah, Murphy's Law. I found out about its low sensitivity AFTER I couldn't return it. I know there are better options out there. I do have a cheap dynamic mic, but only a Tascam iXZ to power it, which is way worse than the snowball (The tascam is better than an irig, and excellent for 2am demos).

I'm kinda waiting to see what happens when the Spark Digital is released, or maybe get the At2020 usb. The AT is small, and looks to be really sensitive, and works with an iPad. I'm trying to use the ipad because it's just easier than lugging a laptop to where I need to be to record. I don't want to get into preamps and all if a USB mic can do the same thing.

tjomball
05-16-2012, 03:24 AM
I'm getting an Apogee Jam myself.
From all the tests and reviews I've read I've come to the conclusion that it's the best option out there for me.
It utilizes the dock connector And has its own D/A converter which is a hell of a lot better than any other options I've seen out there. It only packs a single line input, but I can live with that. No built in mic preamp unfortunately.