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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.”

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.”

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Ella A. Rae

Ella A. Rae is an American journalist who creates quarterly publications to inspire and in the spare time listens to the Weeknd.
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