nostalgia

mixing does not mean restoration

If you prepare a track and something like “where is my damn 64dB/octave brickwall filter?” comes to your mind then this might be because you are not upfront any mixing process but are working on audio restoration instead. Or the sources just might be crap. Always remember: garbage in, garbage out.

I’ve just re-discovered preFIX.

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new gadget

Gadget

I wonder, how my OKM II artifial head mics will team up with this recorder. A report will probably follow next …

Musikmesse 2013 coverage

I had a quite long but really great day at Musikmesse this year and this time it was less about new gear but more about meeting some old friends from the scene but also to meet and change insights with some sound designers and developers which I did not met ever before. We had great sessions about analog style distortion generation, compressor designs and oversampling, reverb culture and sound design. And finally I’ve met some cool guys like Fabien from TDR and Nico from Bigtone, just to name the two. Anyway, as always I’ve also sneaked around to catch one or another impression and highlight from the show itself and here is a little report.

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Akai presented their rather new MPC stuff and I’ve checked the pads and build quality which both felt very cheap to me.

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Ion Audio showed a brand new and neat turntable with direct USB connection and a slick and solid wooden made chassis. Can’t say much about the pick-up and arm, though. Price should be 750 bucks and release around June, as they say. I’ll watch the release. [Read more…]

great use of field recording

(via)

field recording

(via Recordings of nature’s Blog)

unusual techniques in sound recording

Radio Electronics cover May 1950

Today, I just want to feature a really, really great Blog: Read the article and much more and download the original four-page article from ‘Radio Electronics’ magazine 5/1950 entitled “Unusual Techniques In Sound Recording” over there at Preservationsound.com! That Blog features great insights and forgotten info about almost everything related to ancient recording stuff.

Diego Stocco – music from a dry cleaner

Diego Stocco – Music From A Dry Cleaner from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

Almost everyday, on my way to a local bakery, I walk in front of a dry cleaners.
When they have the front door open, I hear a lot of interesting sounds coming from their work equipment. Eventually, the different mechanical and steam sounds sparked something in my mind, so one day I asked the owners if I could record a piece of music by using their machines as musical instruments.

I used a puff iron, press and dry cleaning machines, a washer, clothes hangers, and a bucket full of soap.
The bass and lead sounds were created from the buzzing tones coming from the conduits and engines.
There are no additional sounds from any traditional or electronic instruments. Enjoy!

More info and pictures are available at the Behance gallery: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Music-from-a-Dry-Cleaner/2161629

This guy is simply crazy. On this page you can have a little info about his recording setup.

in the studio – some gear pics

Synth

Some impressions from the studio yesterday. There is one device which adds some warmth to the production but can’t be emulated in digital – can you spot it (easy)? Can you spot all brands (hard)? [Read more…]