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History of the AKG C414

AKG C414 - Image via Sweetwater InSync

My friend Maurice pointed me at this interesting article about the history of the AKG C414 microphone. The story (published on April 14th, get it?) traces the development of the 414 from it’s first “forefathers” in the 1950s through today. Check it out here!

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Recording a behemoth

Upright bass recording

At the latest studio night, Jeff brought over his upright bass so we could try out some tracking with it. It’s the first time I’ve recorded one of these, and I can tell it’s going to be fun working with it from both the recording side and the mixing side. He’s got a gooseneck microphone […]

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The CP-70 sound

Arturia Glass Piano

I’ve been working on a song the last few days which, unexpectedly, took a turn from a straight-up rock guitar song to something more atmospheric. After cutting the tempo in half and laying down a Moog bass sound and a very glassy pad, I decided I wanted to go full Peter Gabriel on it and […]

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Drum Machine Patterns

Drum machine sticker

While working on some tracking for a new song, I ran across this site: Drum Machine Pattern Although some of the drummers I know are not really enamored of drum machines, I like them.  One of my first pieces of Pro Gear was an Alesis HR-16 drum machine, and I used it so much that […]

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Music Monday: ORK – I’m Afraid of Americans

My friend Josh shared this tune with me recently. It’s a cover of David Bowie’s “I’m Afraid of Americans” with lyrics subtly updated for today. What’s really cool is that if you go to their Bandcamp page, you can buy a collection of tracks that includes the song in both English and Spanish, as well […]

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Music Monday: Kung Fu

Lately I’m listening to the funky fusion stylings of Kung Fu from New Haven, Connecticut. They have been in heavy rotation on the drive to recent gigs, and while it’s good driving music it has demanded a little more attention when I’m not on the road. The album I’ve been listening to in particular is their […]

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Thanks Mom

I was fortunate to grow up with a big extended family, but aside from that it was just Mom and I day to day. She put up with my frequent noise making, my synths and other random instruments wired up all over the place, and my general inability to hear anything because I was always […]

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Mayday is Foray day

SM and Ray

Oh man, it has been a long time coming. But today is finally the day that I can call my album Foray finished. I’ve got CDs in hand (and online at CD Baby). Songs are online at Bandcamp. It’s almost unbelievable given the genesis of the songs and the time spent working (or not working) […]

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Music Monday: Stick Figure

In a recent email from Cleveland’s excellent music venue the Beachland Ballroom, I came across a listing for a group called Stick Figure. After initially mistaking it for a continuation of the band that included Jack McDowell when he was with the Cleveland Indians in the late 1990s, I discovered that it was something completely different. […]

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