The Workbench

Check out what’s been on the occasionally-proverbial workbench lately.


Posted August 2, 2010 @ 10:13 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

Si, Jon, and Andrew of Amplifiers have ‘released’ the 3-song EP I recorded for them this past winter/spring, which you can check out below. Be sure to also check out their recently revamped MySpace page. Brian Schultz, Bill Smith, and I also made appearances on the recording.

  • Error (Nothing’s Perfect)
    Audio MP3
  • Formations
    Audio MP3
  • Redemption Song
    Audio MP3

They have some more songs in the works too, hopefully they (and I) will be ready to record again sometime in the near future.

Read the rest of this post »

Suitcase computer build

Posted June 14, 2010 @ 3:28 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

A few months ago, I built a computer into an old suitcase from a thrift store. My documentation of the process is a bit sketchy, but here is what I could piece together for a description of the project:

  1. First, I ordered some nice components from NewEgg.  Here’s what I got:
    • Intel DG45ID multimedia motherboard.  I wasn’t interested in building a super-duper powerful workstation, and I didn’t want to get a separate video card.  So I went with this mobo because it has a decent on-board Intel video chipset; Even though Intel has had some spotty Linux driver support in the past, the drivers are open-source so they’ll tend to improve with time and with community contributions.  Plus it has an HDMI output, which could have cool potential.  Giant video iPod -slash- portable console emulator anyone?
    • Read the rest of this post »

Blacktown Photos

Posted June 10, 2010 @ 8:50 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

Since the old Blacktown Sound Labs web site featured pictures of the studio prominently, I never posted a blog with those pictures.  But now they don’t have a home on this site, so I figured I’d post them so there’s still a photographic record of the Blacktown setup.  Plus I threw in the Blacktown Sound Labs logo for good measure.

R.I.P., Studio computer — 2003-2009.

Posted January 12, 2010 @ 7:09 pm | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench


The recording computer is officially dead. It seems I took her home too late — the string of devastatingly cold nights in early December caused the liquid cooling system to rupture, which fried the motherboard the last time we tried to start her up. I’m assuming, however, that her important parts are still fine; namely, the audio interface (Layla 3G) and the hard drives containing my customized OS and many hundreds of hours of recording work. So, the search (and saving) begins for her successor, who will most certainly NOT be liquid cooled.

She served us well, may she rest in peace.

Read the rest of this post »

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.)

Read the rest of this post »