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Blitzen Trapper – Awesome @ FUV

We’ve made a lot of changes at WFUV since the last time Blitzen Trapper came through. New recording techniques, cameras, lighting and more. As usual, the band delivered a flawless performance which I was psyched to record. Here’s “Can’t Find It Cheap” recorded 10/26/11.   [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFnCXh_INZM]   I decided to go with our Beyerdynamic M69 … Continue reading

Sub Kick #2 – NS-10 Woofer

My NS-10 woofer finally came, so I quickly set about turning it into a subkick mic. The terminals are easily identified, with a red coaster on the positive terminal. Using a 5-conductor balanced cable, you have to gently work a hole into the braided shield while avoiding breaking it. You can then pry out each … Continue reading

Oh, by the way: you’re slowly going deaf

Yep, we all love those fancy Xlerator hand dryers. Hand towels, you say? What a ghastly thought – why do you hate the environment anyway? Feel the power! The power of 110 A-weighted dB-SPL hitting your eardrums the whole time you’re in the bathroom! No, but seriously. The sound of these machines running constantly at … Continue reading

Otari MX-5050 – Resurrecting the Dead (Part 2 – Help!)

So, I’m still working on this reel-to-reel machine. Much of the operation has improved, but there’s one problem I can’t seem to track down. Time to ask for help! Here’s my recent post to Gearslutz. Or you can read the actual thread (where the quest continues). Otari MX-5050 BII Problem – Not for the faint … Continue reading

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Awesome @ FUV

I went to see WWPJ the night before their FUV session – awesome show. When I was shown that all their amps were pointing upstage, I knew their in-studio session would go well. Here’s their new single, “Medicine.” [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBymTi3WTm0] An intimidating record to try to emulate. The guitars are huge, and the bandwidth-restricted vocal sits in … Continue reading

Otari MX5050 – Resurrecting the Dead (Part 1)

Remember how I posted about FerricTDS and what a great free tape simulator it is? Well, one day it dawned on me: why the hell am I using a tape simulator when we have real tape machines sitting in the closet? Granted, they may be covered in filth and haven’t been powered on in years, … Continue reading

Books for Audio Engineers

Alright, its been a few days, so it’s time to get back to training. There are plenty of books on engineering, but I constantly refer back to these. Check some out if you want to expand your knowledge base. Listed in ascending order of capability to dumbfound everyone, myself included: Assistant Engineer’s Handbook by Timothy … Continue reading