I put together this active DI recently based on a design published by retired Swedish sound engineer Bo Hansén. The result is a device that sounds better than commercial products that cost significantly more than the price of parts.
I worked on this release doing a little mixing/editing/pseudo-mastering. Released in England by Blue Tapes. Write-up here: http://www.20jazzfunkgreats.co.uk/wordpress/cats/unfollow/
Moving is a hassle but it’s good to have an excuse to rethink the way a workspace is set up and laid out. My studio stuff has to share a room with our living room at home but fortunately the new living room is 26ft long, giving me more room than I’ve ever had to play.
I was asked to put together a couple splitter boxes for distributing headphone signals. [more inside]
My previous equipment rack was a 4u box from Gator Cases that cost me at least $100. This is such a steal.
“Vowels tell the listener that a person is talking. Consonants tell us what they’re saying.”
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: