Tape is a more natural way to record than digital technology. Yes, if you think that suspending a zillion little magnetic rust particles in plastic and then telling them how to line up as they get dragged past an electromagnet, which has to be fed by a high-level supersonic signal just so the audio doesnt sound like a buzzsaw, is totally natural.
But does anybody really use the “natural” argument?
The TBC (To Be Continued) Brass Band at the Blue Nile in Frenchmen St, New Orleans, July 10 2011.
Audio recording: Why You Worried ‘Bout Me? (mp3).
Yes, a long time between posts.
Some of that time I’ve been travelling in the USA: New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami.
I saw bands, and recorded some of them on my newly acquired Tascam DR-08.
Stay tuned for some highlights: the Funk Brothers, Tito Puente Jr, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and the TBC Brass Band. Sure, just as soon as I get busy on the DAW editing the rough live recordings into deliciously polished nuggets of audio niceness.
It’s taken a while for this album to become available.
Mastered at CutSnake in December 2009.
Lots of history…
The attraction of tape and vinyl puzzles me. I’ve recorded to tape, and we had 4- and 8-track machines in the studio during the eighties. They were expensive and awkward to use.
Vinyl leaves me completely cold.
Tom Ellard disses vinyl (and other things): Audio Mouth Breathers
Owsley Stanley (RIP) talks about the near-impossibility of accurate playback from vinyl.
Now available from CDBaby.
Some percussion and vocals came out of Cut Snake.
Finally a new studio CD from the Okapi faction. (We’re using a slightly different name this time, given the musicians involved.)
We started recording this back in 2007, but put out the live CD before completing this.
We’ll be giving it a proper launch in January 2011, but it’s already up at CDBaby if you want to have a listen.
Some videos made at CutSnake will be shown by Projector Bike, an event of the Sydney Fringe Festival.
This Chinese ribbon mic comes in various colours under various names. Here in Australia it’s available as part of the Legacy brand. The Legacy variation isn’t listed at recording hacks, but a bunch of other re-brandings are.
I got one secondhand, and wanted to open it up and remove some of the mesh and filters. But I couldn’t figure out how to open the case. Finally saw a photo on Michael Joly’s site that made it clear how the covers came off.
Here’s some photos I took that hopefully make the situation clearer. Basically the covers are held on with tabs that slide into slits. My mic seems to have a few broken off…