Foster the People Lead Singer Mark Foster Reveals Songwriting Process Using iZotope’s Spire Studio

iZotope, Inc., the experts in intelligent audio technology, today release an exclusive video with Foster the People lead singer Mark Foster, providing an intimate look into the GRAMMY Award-nominated artist’s songwriting process. Using Spire Studio, iZotope’s award-winning recording solution for iOS & Android, Foster demonstrates a completely new way to record, edit, mix, and share songs: tracking vocals and instruments in hi-fidelity without the burden of extra gear, wires, or even an electrical outlet. In the video, Foster details his process of recording tracks and songwriting, emphasizing the need to capture the spirit of music when it happens.

“You never really know when inspiration will strike,” said Foster. “Many times when I want to work on something, by the time I get everything situated and sounding good, the idea is gone. So when you feel that spark and can document your ideas in a way that’s hi-fi and usable [with Spire Studio], even walking around the neighborhood and banging on a recycling bin can turn out sounding cool.” 

Foster’s process starts with a drumbeat that “needs to be interesting by itself,” followed by the layering of bass, guitar and vocals to tie the song together. Using Spire Studio, Foster finds his unique drumbeat out in the world instead of the confines of a studio, recording tracks using items like a recycling bin, a lamp post and iron gate, or whatever else he finds compelling.

He’s able to capture professional sound with Spire Studio’s patented, one-touch Soundcheck feature which prevents distorted or quiet recordings by listening to a performance for 10 seconds and setting ideal recording levels for the onboard mic or for any instruments that are plugged in.

When laying down melody over the drum pattern, bass and guitar, Foster uses Spire Studio effects like Acoustic Shaper for an added “cool vibe,” and is ready to take the tracks into the studio for further crafting by sharing individual stems directly from the app.

“There’s something special about demos that have a magic to them that you end up trying to recreate when you’re making a record,” said Foster. “A lot of times accidents end up being more interesting than if I were to try and sit down and compose something consciously. It’s really just about when inspiration strikes- you can reach over and turn on [Spire Studio] and just GO.”

About Spire Studio 

Spire Studio is an award winning recording solution for iOS and Android that combines powerful hardware with innovative mobile software. Ideas can be captured anywhere in seconds, without the hassle of cables or computers. Spire is a liberating new way to record, edit, mix and share songs without sacrificing audio quality.

Spire Studio includes a built-in mic, additional inputs, and Soundcheck to set ideal recording levels in seconds. The Spire app can record, edit, and mix up to eight audio tracks, then music can easily be shared with fans through social media, uploaded to SoundCloud, or sent as project files to other Spire users for collaboration.

The Spire app is a mobile command center for capturing ideas and building songs, and when paired with Spire Studio, features powerful iZotope technology like recording effects and the Enhance feature, which analyzes audio and intelligently improves clarity and loudness. While most recording solutions force users to make a choice between ease of use and audio quality, Spire Studio offers the best of both worlds.

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