Merry PostChristmas

Posted January 2, 2010 @ 1:30 am | Filed under: High Fidelity

I got one of these for Christmas, and I’m stoked to build it:

BYOC Overdrive 2

I feel like a kid who just got a new Lego set.

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Update on BSL services

Posted October 26, 2009 @ 10:47 am | Filed under: Reflections

[Edit: Shortly after writing this post, I removed the “services” page altogether, as well as the “contact” page. I’ve now shifted my direction completely away from commercial recording, and back towards music. This doesn’t mean I’m done recording or I’ll sell off my gear, though — it just means that the Sound Lab is officially a “community project studio”. I’m no longer seeking any sort of commercial gain from the place. Though if you’ve previously booked time to record here, those arrangements are still on.]


I’ve updated our “services” page with some new info. I’ll copy it here though, so you don’t have to go there, and expound on it a bit:

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Canadian Electro-Acoustics Journal focuses on Linux Audio.

Posted October 14, 2009 @ 7:49 pm | Filed under: Geekery

Check out these cool Linux audio articles. I especially enjoyed the in-depth look at Ambisonics in Ardour. Maybe we should start mixing all our recordings in 16-channel surround?


Recent Recording Shenanigans

Posted October 12, 2009 @ 10:06 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

It’s been a while since I updated the blog with news of what’s been actually going on here. So here goes:

We recently finished up a 6-song EP with some friends in a group called Edhoculi… It came out very well, and I did a rough “mastering” job which may have left the final version a bit bright (such is the risk of mastering at a studio not qualified to do so). They’ve spoken of possibly putting the recording out on vinyl however (which would rock), in which case it would need to be remastered anyway… I’m hoping they pursue that. Check them out:

On somewhat short notice, we did a song for Kellie Lynne’s recently-released album. She’s a country/rock/pop artist from the area, and her bassist Bryan is a good friend of mine. Rumor has it that her parents like the recording quality… so have a listen here (the song’s called “Real Men Gone”): (EDIT: I was recently reminded how bad the quality is on MySpace’s player… check out the unmastered version on our “clients” page instead.)

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Note: This tutorial is pretty out-of-date now, and there are probably better ways to do it, but it could still be useful.

Pro audio work on Linux can seem daunting, but most of the friction is in the initial setup… after that, a Linux Audio system will remain stable for years, assuming you don’t update core parts of the system without thorough testing. So here’s my preferred method for installing a lean, mean, barebones Linux (Ubuntu) system and the latest version of Ardour — with some FX plugins thrown in for good measure.  I recently did this on a friend’s computer (Darren’s), and it went decently well, though his RME interface is being finicky (probably something RME-specific that I forgot to do).  I’ll try to update this with better info as I can.

Also, if you’re looking for a more full-featured audio workstation, please check out Planet CCRMA, 64 Studio, and Ubuntu Studio; Linux audio customizations that are much more complete than what you’ll get from this tutorial — though hopefully this tutorial will still be useful for you as a reference.

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