Music, Composing, Recording

Review - Writing Music With The Wiretap

I don’t know about anybody else, but I find writing music quite tricky at times. For example, I’ll be noodling around on the guitar or bass and come up with something that sounds like it might be a riff or a middle 8.
’Sounds good’, I think to myself, ‘I must remember that…’

…And then the phone rings or I go off and do something else, instantly forgetting this earth-shattering, million-selling hook that would make my name forever. (Or so I like to tell myself).

I have tried recording things on my phone but it can be a fairly ramshackle affair. My field recorder app seems to have a gain setting so high you’d need a step ladder to adjust it. This is obviously a problem that affects a fair few of us out there. However, help is at hand!

TC Electronic Wiretap Riff Recorder - 8 hours of CD quality record time. Get the riffs down and use them later

TC Electronic Wiretap Riff Recorder - 8 hours of CD quality record time. Get the riffs down and use them later

The TC Electronic Wiretap Riff Recorder is designed to solve that problem. First up, it is able to store 8 hours of music. 8 hours. Frankly, that’s enough to store a Wagnerian opera let alone a few 20 second riffs. It fits into your pedal train and is activated by the usual Size 11 stomp.

All good so far, however, TC Electronic aren’t finished yet. The pedal comes with the free Wiretap App. Pair you pedal up via Bluetooth to your device and it will store and sort your recordings - even suggest names for them. The app also acts as a stand-alone recorder (for getting ideas down on the go) and you can play back your riffs through your live rig via Bluetooth. Editing and clipping tracks make it easy to send to other people or to use in larger recordings.

I can see this pedal having another use - practice. If you are struggling with a piece, jotting it down on the Wiretap and listening back to it or even sharing it with your teacher, will help give you a good idea of where you’re going wrong and how to fix it.

I know it’s adding another pedal to the crowded real estate of your pedal board but, if you are writing your own work - and there are a lot of musicians in the area that are - this might be a game-changer for you.