“Vowels tell the listener that a person is talking. Consonants tell us what they’re saying.”
Month: February 2016
Some time last year I was speaking to the father of one of my best friends, who recently retired from a long career as a sound and stage engineering (Four Seasons Centre, Princess of Wales Theatre, etc.). I was looking for advice on getting my career rolling. Unknown to me, in the early 70s he and a few friends partnered up to open a studio in Kensington Market. While this acquaintance no longer has any … Read the rest “Kensington Sound”
A few select Toronto Public Library branches feature ‘Digital Innovation Hubs’ which are equipped with some interesting technology, including Makerbot Replicator 3D printers available for public use. When these machines debuted at the Toronto Reference Library in 2014, I booked myself into the first orientation class I could. (TPL requires anyone interested in using the machines to attend a free clinic to get familiar with the technology.) It took me a while but I finally … Read the rest “3D Printed Radio Knobs”
I won’t pretend to understand the renewed market for cassettes. The nice thing is, people are buying them. It’s also very satisfying to submit a project and get something tangible back. These are two recent tapes I’ve contributed to, with very disparate aesthetics:
This was my first big project with the training wheels off, meaning no comprehensive build guides, no parts kits, no official support. This was also my first foray into vacuum tubes and high voltages so I made the decision to move slowly and work methodically. The result was a pair of transparent and flexible vacuum tube preamps that worked nearly perfectly the first time I powered them on (nervously, fire extinguisher in hand).
How does … Read the rest “Gyraf G9”