Rewiring a Mogami D-SUB snake

I rewired a Mogami snake today, changing the channels 1/2 from TRS to XLR for an engineering friend of mine who is rewiring his studio to accomodate some new gear. It’s a simple & easy task, but for your reference, make sure you’re wiring the hot and cold (2/3) correctly. The correct wiring process is shown in this image, courtesy of mediacollege.com.

Not shown in this image: make sure you tie the chassis ground lug to pin 1 with some good heavy-gauge wire (I use 18), so that the chassis ground is an extension of the grounding sleeve of the cable. The only time NOT to do this is when you have a studio that is running some really old British gear, and most of the time properly-maintained studios will lift the chassis ground on the gear side, not the cable side. Those crazy Brits still call ground “earth”.

MUSIC YOU SHOULD HEAR: John Brazell’s New Christmas EP

Ahoy there, interwebs!

An artist I truly enjoy working with, John Brazell, released three mellow Christmas tunes for you to enjoy, including a wonderful original. You can get them for FREE here on his NoiseTrade page (not to mention his awesome album sampler that I engineered as well). Who doesn’t love good, free music? Listen below:

If you love his stuff, like him on Facebook, check out his website, grab his full-length album off of iTunes, and go see his house show in Upland on the 18th.

BCHS CHRISTMAS CONCERT 12-11-14

bchsHello, BCHS parents, students, and faculty! I’ve uploaded the Junior High and High School Christmas Concert performances. I’ve uploaded these as MP3s, you can access them by clicking on the links below.

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Just select which link you’d like, and hit the “Download” Button!

MUSIC YOU SHOULD HEAR: Tudor Williams’ “Tequila”

A good friend and excellent artist Tudor Williams has been releasing some singles from his upcoming album. I did a bit of work on this one here (although 99% of it was his incredible producer & engineer, Brandon Hallam), called “Tequila”:

By the by, you can get it for FREE on SoundCloud, along with two other singles he’s released. And check out his website and like his Facebook page.

Way Back When….

Was just listening to some stuff I worked on with Peter Tvrznik. What a fantastic songwriter, with a great voice to boot! We’re working on a new single now, and I’m very excited about it. Check out some of his music here. And while you’re here, here’s his website and Facebook page.

NEW RELEASE – Bleecker Street Company’s “INTERSTATE LOVE” EP

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Happy to announce that Bleecker Street Company’s Interstate Love EP is dropping today. I had the pleasure of doing some mixing, tracking, programming, and playing bass on this project. Go give them a listen, you can buy their new EP on Bandcamp. If you’re into Mazzy Star-esque tunes that ease your soul whilst driving down the open highway.  You can also check them out on Facebook, and get a FREE TRACK by clicking here. 

Their CD release show is tonight at the excellent Los Angeles venue Molly Malone’s, with Tudor Williams, Broken Oceans, and Oliver Riot opening. Drop by Canter’s Deli for a Reuben sandwich and then get out and catch an excellent show.

If you feel like taste-testing the tracks, listen below.

 

Tracking Drum Triggers

The excellent Cole Peterson doing his thing.

The excellent Cole Peterson doing his thing.

Did a bit of strange tracking today for the inimitable Tudor Williams’ upcoming full-length album, Exotic Ancers. Tudor and his producer wanted the feel and creativity of a great drummer, but paired with the excellent sounds and versatility of the incredible Steven Slate Drums plugin. In order to achieve this, we simply ran 7 dynamic mics (in various ranges of crappiness, depending on how much isolation we needed) as close to their respective kit pieces as possible. It was DEFINITELY easier than fully mic’ing and finessing 8-10 nice microphones on a expensive and finely-tuned drum kit, although I cringed every time I heard the real-time drum sounds we were getting out of the mics. It looked something like this: Continue reading

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GEAR REPAIR – Wurlitzer 200 Electric Piano

Today, I had the pleasure of working on a beautiful vintage Wurlitzer 200 for an old professor and INSANELY TALENTED pianist, Joel Clifft. Unfortunately, at some point it had been futzed around with, and hence wasn’t passing any audio. Turned out that the reed bar had been disconnected from the preamp, but in any case I got to take some naked photos of the board. Enjoy!

All undressed.

All undressed. NAUGHTY.

The hammers and preamp/power amp circuitboard.

The hammers and preamp/power amp circuitboard.

 

The hammer assembly, and the reed bar underneath.

The hammer assemblies, and the reed bar underneath.

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Big, fat, lovely vintage Japanese capacitors, along with the power amp transistors.

New Music Video – John Brazell covers “Lights” by Ellie Goulding

Ahoy, internet!

I got to track/mix the audio and play on a live cover video of Ellie Goulding‘s song “Lights”. Here’s the video:

You can find more John Brazell on his website, his Facebook page, his YouTube channel, and you can also grab his music on iTunes and Spotify.

New release – Bleecker Street Company – “I Don’t Know”

I tracked most of this tune, and also played bass for it. Enjoy!

I’m also mixing their new EP.

For more info on Bleecker Street Company, like them on Facebook or check out their Bandcamp.