We have a new toy! A green Critter and Guitari pocket piano. A lot of fun and very intuitive to play.
There is no end to the amount of gear we could use. The limitations are space and money. If I had things my way I would have racks of pre-amps and compressors and EQs all set up ready to patch in off a Neve or SSL console. Alas this is not quite the case. There are however definite advantages to working out what is truly beneficial to the studio in an exponential way. There might be several things that could really make a difference. Recent advancements here are a new amp and mono speaker, re-tuning the control room with some simple furniture adjustments and hooking up the Otari’s VU”s so we can monitor ‘power’. Simple obvious stuff that really helps.
In light of some of this new found fun stay tuned for some small but very useful product development from yours truly with a little help from our friend Ivan Richards. ETA 2013 so sit tight.
In 2006 I recorded EGBDF and I thought it was a masterpiece. Not everyone agreed. I still think it was a pretty good effort. Great songs and great sounds. Some (very minor) copyright infringements and a Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer. Sadly the Neuron had a bit of a rest and decided not to wake up again so I’m selling it on eBay. Here is the link. I loved this keyboard and I’ll probably want to buy it back one day but for now, we need the space and a project synth is the last thing I have time for. We’ll always have Opanoni’s EGBDF to remind us of the Neuron’s awesome power!
If you asked me 10 years ago what 1176, 1073, 87, 58, 47 meant I wouldn’t have had a clue. Now, they conjure up all sorts of feelings and desires. Some based on knowledge and experience and some on myth and hearsay. Most studio folk are filled with gear lust. For now I’m content with the space being complete (well almost). We’re a new studio and so our mic collection is still pretty small at around a dozen mics. My goal is probably 100 or so and I don’t mind waiting 10 years to get there. On Sunday we’ll be recording some drums and Michael requested some 421′s for the toms. He was happy to work with everything else we have. At around $400 a pop, I wasn’t in any position to buy a pair at the moment so decided to look into hiring. Glad to say at $25 it was a relief and a bargain. They’re not as pretty as the picture I found on Google but they’ll work and we’ll have some pretty wicked sounding toms by the end of the day!
Like most things online, if your Google search term isn’t quite close enough you get a bit of porn. Such is life. I did a search for 1608 (without the API) and indeed some nudity presented itself. But eventually did steer myself in the right direction and here she is. A fully loaded API 1608 desk. There are a few 16 channel suckers floating around at the moment and it’s a great little market. I’ve done the research and have my sights set on this baby. Not only will it add an infinitely greater flexibility to the tracking side of things, as much as I love the outboard I currently own, it will open up the doors of analog summing and juicy move mixing.While my automation skills are pretty cool, there’s nothing quite like moves on the fly. I do it when tracking and I do it when summing from tape. All I need now is a spare $50K and I’ll be doing it all day long! Bring it on.
Because we don’t update this as often as we’d like, it’s worth mentioning we finished the Circle mix for Golden Brown last week and will be posting it shortly. We went for a softer more dynamic master and we like it. Not so pumpy but still very pop.