Thursday, October 18, 2012

Humanwires - Silence/Noise (The Nokia 808 Garage Band Challenge, Part I) @ Tampere, Finland

When your band consists of two soon-to-be engineers and one wannabe-engineer experimentation with technology is inevitable.

We wanted to know how well the Nokia 808 Pureview can handle loud sounds in a not-so-friendly sound environment (also known as a garage), so we took one of our songs and recorded every instrument individually with the phone and compiled the audio tracks together. The result is yours to listen. The only processing we did to the audio tracks was compression and a low cut EQ to the vocal track which means that what you are hearing is pretty much as it was recorded by the phone.

We also put a short clip of the studio version of this song about half way through the video so you can hear what the original piece sounds like. It is, of course, quite a bit clearer since it was recorded in a controlled environment with professional studio gear.

All in all we think the result is pretty good considering the fact that it is recorded with a phone. Our curious minds would like to know what kind of results one could achieve in a professional studio environment with this thing. Maybe there is some brave studio engineer up for the task...

The Nokia 808 Garage Band Challenge, Part II:



  1. Wooow, fantastic results. I'm totally impressed. Excelent work.

  2. I'm an amateur drummer myself. Is it just me that I found the 808 version sounded better than the studio version? :)

  3. You are right - it seem to sounded better with 808 version. I looked from their Facebook site that Kalle have just bought better drums and so that year 2011 version has recorded with older drums.
    Besides that I think 808's 2pcs HAAC (High Amplitude Audio Capture) microphones can capture drums better than regular nonHAAC studio microphones.