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Out On Your Own

After many years of on-and-off work, the Thomas Reed Smith Band’s album “Out On Your Own” is finished. As I type this, the mastered album is on its way here via the good old U.S. mail. This album is a follow-up to Tom’s first record “I Need A Change” which we released around 2000. Yep, […]

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BFD2

I just got a copy of BFD2, which is a virtual drum instrument.  I’m using it as a plug-in in Pro Tools, mainly to demo out drums and get a decent idea of how a song could sound. I’ve got some songs that are written with very specific drum parts in mind – the kind […]

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As long as I gets a little “golden power”

Apologies to Frank Zappa for the title of the post, but I couldn’t resist. I got a new garage door opener a couple weeks ago, and it came with a 9-volt battery. I appreciate it when the batteries are included, but in this case I had to chuckle. Yes, it was a strange and wonderful […]

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CALIbrAt: An ADAT odyssey (part 2)

When I last wrote about transferring some audio from old ADAT tapes to Pro Tools, I had gone through an unexpected amount of hassle.  Instead of putting a tape into the ADAT machine and pressing play, I had to go through extensive, tape-destroying calibration along with disassembly and cleaning of the machine. I spent the […]

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CALIbrAt: An ADAT odyssey (part 1)

I still have a few Alesis ADAT recorders lying around.  In the mid-1990s we used these things relentlessly to record demos, album tracks, jams, and other random noises which shall go undescribed. As a result of that use, I have a number of demos of old songs still on ADAT tapes.  Since I’ve recently lit […]

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Virtual drum decisions

When it comes to recording songs, I prefer to set up a session with a real live drummer.  I’ve been very fortunate in the past to work with professionals like Jim Evans in Nashville, Coach Hanna in New York, and Charley Newcomer here in Cleveland to name a few.  And as I continue on my […]

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I need a remix

Every once in a while I find something I thought was lost for good. It usually makes me feel overwhelmingly happy – like I proved to myself that whatever it was really did exist and wasn’t a figment of my imagination. Yesterday, while looking for audio tracks to a song I want to remix, I […]

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Two nights at the Winchester

Last week hellpellet and I went over to the Winchester, an old bar in Lakewood that has for the last several years hosted a wide array of excellent music shows.  At one time in its presumably storied past, the long back room was a bowling alley, and the front room was a bar. The front […]

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Old funk is good funk

  I came across this remix of the Jackson 5 song “I Want You Back” some time ago.  Every so often (as I’m trying to find some funky flavor for something I’m working on) I like to go back and check it out. I like this remix because it takes the original tracks and exposes […]

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