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1The Matrix, Reloaded.

The Matrix, Reloaded.

Nov 12, 2015

After futzing with a MiniMoog for a few days, I started thinking to myself “you know, I should really get myself an analog synth. Just to play with.” Then it occurred to me that I already have an analog synth, just to play with, that I never use. About a dozen years ago I bought, […]

2Me vs. LANDR

Me vs. LANDR

Jul 7, 2015

LANDR, an online automatic mastering service, just announced a major upgrade to their service.  Their claim is that it provides “more focus, color and dynamics” and “rivals professional engineers.” That’s a bold claim.  A claim that cannot go unchallenged. Brian Hazard of Resonance Mastering already did a pretty in-depth comparison of their early version.  I […]

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Gearfest 2015

Jun 19, 2015

Another year, another trip to Sweetwater’s GearFest in the sweltering Indiana sun.  This year I guess they had nearly as many attendees as Summer NAMM, which is fairly impressive.  Especially considering the frequent and unpredictable massive downpours that would occasionally shutter the gear tents and send attendees running for shelter. My agenda this year was […]

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Audio Misogyny

Jul 10, 2014

sE Electronics, a maker of some often nice audio products, recently put an ad in Sound On Sound magazine for their new low-end condenser mic, the “Magneto.” Nothing too unusual about that. What was unusual was that the ad featured the torso of a nude woman, with the text of SOS’s previous review supposedly tattooed […]

5Gearfest 2014

Gearfest 2014

Jun 9, 2014

Dan and I have this down to a science, I think.  As a result, Gearfest is a lot more relaxed each year compared to previous; we have a groove of knowing when to go demo gear and collect vendor swag, knowing which presentations and panels are going to be useful, knowing who’s got the deals. […]

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Technical Stuff: The Plugins of Perihelion

Jul 6, 2013

Inspired, roughly, by my friend Tom Shear’s “My Favorite Things” posts over at his excellent blog Waveformless,  I’ve decided to give a rundown of a few interesting pieces of software that went into the making of Perihelion.  Perhaps at some point I’ll delve into the hardware side of things, but honestly that’s probably less interesting […]

7Gearfest 2013

Gearfest 2013

Jun 24, 2013

Dan and I schlepped down to scenic Fort Wayne, Indiana this past weekend to attend Sweetwater Gearfest.  It’s our third trip, and it’s always a good time.  Basically, mega-music-gear retailer Sweetwater (which, we discovered is now the 5th largest in the world) turns over their buildings and parking lots into massive gear tents and seminar […]

8Dilruba Hacking

Dilruba Hacking

Jul 21, 2011

One of the nice features of buying cheap, non-“virtuoso” style Indian musical instruments (or any musical instruments, for that matter, but Indian instruments seem to have the biggest low-budget marketshare) is that I don’t feel too terrible “hacking” them.  Yeah, it’d suck if I screwed up my new dilruba, but I paid about $200 for […]

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A Different Way of Working.

Feb 2, 2009

I’ll be the first to admit that album #4 is taking a lot longer than Excursions did.  But the reasons aren’t all negative.  Oh, sure there’s the usual bad ones – day job exhuastion, last year’s basement flooding, etc – but there’s been a fundamental shift in a lot of techniques I’ve been using that […]

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Learning to Sing.

Jan 26, 2009

Really, I don’t know how to sing. Well, kind of.  I mean, I know how to sing, in a standard definition of the word, but my formal training is restricted to a few impromptu vocal lessons in high school and my parents loving choral music.  So far, that’s served me just fine. The problem is […]