Where ya been?

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.

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Travel

Wild West: Scratch Another Day (Selected Recordings 1980-1981)

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It’s taken a while for this album to become available.

Mastered at CutSnake in December 2009.

Lots of history…

Recording

Analogue and digital

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.

Recording

Karifi CD released

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Now available from CDBaby.

Some percussion and vocals came out of Cut Snake.


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Recording

Mac vs. PC

At Gearslutz:

I wouldn’t even consider doing a joint audio project with somebody who was using windows, because they simply don’t get it, and wouldn’t be on the same wave length as I. And if I stepped into a recording studio and saw PC’s running windows only in the control room and no Macs, I’d turn right around and walk out the door, as that wouldn’t qualify as a professional studio, according to my standards.

Recording

New CD from a band called Okapi: “Plenty”

cd-front-200.jpgFinally 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.


Recording

Videos via Projector Bike

Some videos made at CutSnake will be shown by Projector Bike, an event of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

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Opening an Axis 90 (Apex 215)

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…

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Recording

The Lolita Riddle

Trailer for The Lolita Riddle documentary is now up on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUhE_ZAv63M

The documentary has been under production at CutSnake for the past 18 months.
It’s a collaboration with writer and Nabokov scholar Joanne Morgan.

Video

New single from Okapi Guitars

Plenty CD coverThe studio album we’ve been working on since finishing Haram Homebrew will be called Plenty.

Should be out this year, but in the meantime, here’s the single at CDBaby: Age of Plenty.

Recording