REPAIR – AKG C414 B-ULS – why and how you should keep capsules clean

Did another AKG repair for a great guy in Nashville, Tennessee (a previous 414 repair is here). He wasn’t the first owner of this particular 414, and was having intermittency issues, weak signal, as well as pops, clicks, and booms when it was moved or tapped. When I received it, there was definitely a lot of material on the capsule – some oil/spit residue, but mostly fibers from whatever case it was being stored in. Given the case I was given the capsule in, it probably was the storage method of the previous owner that caused the buildup of fibers on the capsule.

That wasn’t the only issue, though. the real problem with this mic?… Continue reading

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Microphone Repair – AKG C414B-ULS

Did a bit of microphone repair for an old acquaintance from my days at Azusa Pacific University.

APU had two AKG C414B-ULS (the old, nicest ones) that were pretty banged up from years in the hands of students.

The bottom-line is that I had to figure out what was wrong with both, and see if I could fix one (or both) using parts available from each. Continue reading

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John Brazell’s “City Girl” featured on CW’s “Reign”

Reign, Thursdays at 9/8 Central, on CW.

Reign, Thursdays at 9/8 Central, on CW.

Happy to announce that John Brazell’s song “City Girl” will be on the CW tonight at 9PM (8 Central). I had the pleasure of engineering, playing on, and co-producing his album Restless Heart, which you can find on iTunes and Amazon.

What’s also pretty nifty is that you can get his album sampler on NoiseTrade, where you can also see his music video for “City Girl”. You can find John on his website or his Facebook, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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

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.


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.



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


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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