Music by Scott Martin

Category: Gear

Happy New Year – speaker calibration edition

new monitor position

Man, time seems to fly by these days. It’s hard to believe another year is upon us. I started off 2016 with our traditional New Year’s Day festivities, including pork and sauerkraut, visits from good friends, and some musical activity. I’ve been struggling with properly mixing the low-end in songs, and certainly a part of […]

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Klipsch GMX-A speaker repair

I’ve got two sets of speakers here in my lair: JBL LSR4326P powered monitors with a subwoofer, which are set up as the monitors for my Pro Tools system, and a set of Klipsch GMX-A speakers which plays audio output from my Mac desktop (iTunes, YouTube, and so on). Recently I was relocating some wiring while cleaning the […]

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Footswitch fix

I just fixed an issue associated with a new footswitch, which is a Roland FS-1 I’m connecting to the Nord Stage 2 Latch/Rotor input to switch between slow and fast rotary speaker settings. For about a year I’d been using an extra sustain pedal to switch the rotor speed. Depress the pedal and (most of the time) […]

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Judicious Stutter

I’ve been digging a new Izotope plug-in I got for Pro Tools called Stutter Edit. In the simplest terms, it lets you assemble a group of effects into what they call a “gesture”, and then you can play these gestures via MIDI. It’s almost something that you have to play around with to grok the […]

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Furman goes BOOM! And then… Silence.

I have owned a Furman AR-1215 voltage regulator for a couple years. I use it to power my live keyboard rig and in-ear monitors. If you’re not familiar, a voltage regulator checks incoming power voltage and compensates if it is higher or lower than the 120V standard. This is important for modern (and costly) keyboards […]

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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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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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