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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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I can hear clearly now, the pillow is gone

I’ve had Alesis Monitor One monitors for about 12 years.  When I got them, I really hadn’t done any research or checked out many other speakers.  I just needed some prosumer monitors, and the price was right. They served pretty well.  I got used to the way they sounded; after taking mixes from the studio […]

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All GeekDesk-ed out

Late last year I invested in a GeekDesk.  The main reason I got it was to reduce the amount of time I spend sitting down during the day.  Writing code and working on music both involve a lot of time spent in a seated position, and although I have a great desk chair, I still […]

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Mixing

It’s been great to get back to working on some music with Tom Smith.  He’s motivated and excited about finishing the current set of songs, and that in itself is motivating to me. We got together to start mixing a couple weekends ago.  After years of mixing and trying out all kinds of different methods, […]

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Tracking Mania

What better time of year to be inside working on some music? While we on the north coast haven’t gotten hammered like Maryland and DC, we’ve gotten our usual dose of cold and snow.  Tom Smith has taken the opportunity to use this time to revisit the tracks for his second album tentatively titled “Out […]

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