Welcome to an update on me being a brat and wanting things. What makes this the update? I got what I wanted. I’m a more than a few dollars poor-er, but we got there.
If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, check out my original WISH LIST post, where I shared all the items I was saving up for and hoping to get my hands on in the future.
Well, the future is now.
After saving for a couple of months, a slight increase in income due to now not being categorised as a ‘teenager’ and a very generous donation in the form of a birthday gift, I was able to get, not one, not two, not three, but four of the items I featured on that post.
The first item of the list I got was no surprise as I ordered it before the post even went up, however, it did take quite a bit of time to get to my work, so it was closer to my birthday that I was able to get it, and that’s the AKAI MPK Mini.
We love her. She was worth the money I put aside especially to pay for her, and some. I’ve already recorded quite a bit using this MIDI keyboard, and the drum pads are such a blessing, considering I’ve been physically drawing my drum kits into my GarageBand sessions with my computer mouse pad, which has been hell. Personally, I love playing my drum kit in live, and while at university I have the affordances of using an Octopad and some drumsticks, at home I’m limited to my computer keyboard and mouse. Thanks to the AKAI, I can finally get some human rhythm into my songs. She’s a gem.
The next item I got was for my birthday and I will forever and always be grateful for it. If you recall, on my first wish list post, I mentioned that my Mac Air was on it’s way out, (rip), and I was in dire need of a new one, but was not in possession of the funds to get one right away. In comes the family, who agreed to split the cost of a fresh MacBook Pro with me, plus with some upgrades to the system and hardware.
Again, we love her.
Honestly, I noticed the change instantly. How quick it worked, how fast everything happened, how good the graphics were and how smoother it ran my programs…ALSO, it connected to the wifi from my bedroom, which is the blind spot in my house that doesn’t get great wifi at all, so you could say I was blessed this year for my birthday.
The third purchase I made was a rather spontaneous one, considering I didn’t go to work that day with the intention of buying two microphones, but here we are.
Considering I used to record my guitar and my vocals using my iPhone headphone speakers, this is by all means, an upgrade.
I didn’t intend to buy two when I first thought of buying a good condenser microphone, but as I purchased them from work, the margin for the staff discount worked out to even cheaper if I bought them both, and considering how often I find myself tracking live guitars, I thought it was a perfect deal! Also, the fact that our store is never getting this brand back in stock and this was the last box may have been one of the deciding factors too.
So what I have I done with these so far? Well, besides giving them all a real good test, I’ve recorded a couple of covers, one of which I handed in as an assignment for my university course, which, because I’m actually genuinely proud of, I’ve decided to share below.
And finally, what was the final item ticked off on my wish list?
Tickets to Falls Festival.
Honestly, I’m so keen. I’ve never been so ready for an event to come as I currently am. Falls Festival runs from the 28th to the 31st of December, and features some of my favourite acts.
My best friend Jess was able to get tickets for us and three other friends with camping too, so we’re already preparing for an incredible end to the year. I mean, I’m gonna see Toto perform Africa live.
Considering how shattered we were when we lost out to scalpers last year during the online sale that sold out in less than a minute, we are beyond pumped.
So yes, that is my update on my musician’s wish list! Hopefully you liked getting this update, as a follow up to my initial post that outlined some of the items I was hoping to get my hands on!