The Workbench

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

R.I.P., Studio computer — 2003-2009.

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

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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.

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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: myspace.com/edhoculi

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”): myspace.com/kellielynne (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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Put these Fingers in your ears

Posted May 5, 2009 @ 9:55 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

I just got done mixing a five-song demo with Righteous Fingers of Harmony this evening.  I’m pleased with how everything came out;  It was the first time I had used the AKG 414’s through the upgraded preamps, which I used in mid/side configuration to capture Mike’s acoustic guitar.  The rest of the setup was pretty standard… SM57s as far as the eye can see, AKG 451’s above the drums, RE-20 on kick.  The songs were all recorded live in one room, with the vocals and acoustic guitar overdubbed.

These guys have covered a lot of musical ground in the… um… many years I’ve known them.  Check out their MySpace page ( http://www.myspace.com/rfhrock ) to hear the tunes.

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Paint and rearranging: Before

Posted April 27, 2009 @ 9:14 am | Filed under: The Workbench

I took these last week to update the blog with some recent pictures, but they’re already out of date!  The new paint job went into the control room over the weekend.  These are the “before” pictures… updated pictures will come soon.  (These are really dark, sorry)

P.S.:  Turns out that Windows doesn’t render the C64 font very well at small sizes.  So if you’re on Windows, you’re better off not installing it;  the blog will fall-back on the “fixedsys” font which is easier to read.

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Some picts to try out the Lightbox plugin

Posted April 24, 2009 @ 12:48 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

Here I thought I’d try to add a few (early) images from around the studio.  These were taken during our recording session with Recession in February ’09.  No, I’m not going to pixelate every image I upload. :)

Lots more work has already been done since then, and lots to go!

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