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My friends Matthew McglynnRyan Canestro, and Randy Coppinger spent a good amount of time with a LOT of expensive microphones creating The $60,000 Ribbon Mic Shootout for recordinghacks.com. It’s an extensive review covering  AEA, Audio-Technica, BLUE, Cascade, Cloud, Coles, Royer Labs, Samar Audio, sE Electronics, ShinyBox, Shure, and Sontronics mics on a variety of recorded sources

I hosted part of the shootout at my recording studio where we some testing on the mics as drum overheads. I played a simple drum groove multiple times through the various pairs of ribbon mics to see how they sounded and reveal the differences. This part of the review can be found here. There are recorded examples to listen to, and there’s an option to download the high resolution files for your own inspection.

We all share a love for the art of recording and engineering, and mic shootouts like this are a great way to compare differences between microphones. It’s also a good excuse to get friends together and geek out on drool worthy gear

 

 



Any day that I get a call from Roy Burns is always a great day. I’ve known Roy for many years first as a teacher, which turned into a mentor, which later turned into a friend.

On this occasion, he called to let me know that some footage of his drumming with The Benny Goodman Orchestra had surfaced on YouTube. This is a rare treat since this was from an age before everyone was recording concerts with smart phones.

The song is “Sing, Sing, Sing” recorded at the World’s Fair in 1958. Roy was in his early 20s at the time and his drumming is spectacular!

 

My good friend Louise Palanker created a new video for the Our Place theme song that we produced together. Our Place is a social media app for teens and tweens where kids get together and discuss issues, learn about life, and make new friends.

All of the recording and mixing took place at my studio with a host of talented people including Bob Cowsill (of The Cowsills), Lily Fair, Stephen Bock, Emma Bock, Rebecca Goldberg and Tyler Connaghan. Featuring OPOL Cast Members Alex, Ryan, Olivia, Jake, Aaron, Xio, Kiemute and more. Louise can be seen on percussion, and there’s a brief shot of me on the drums.

So here is the Our Place Theme Extended Mix, re-worked in the studio with footage from the sessions and also from her video podcasts. It should make you smile.

Great article on 9 ways to save your voice. I’ve seen many of these techniques work for singers in the studio. Helpful indeed, but the ‘no smoking’ should be #1.  Many vocalists stay away from dairy products too…

1. Add Moisture.
2. Don’t Talk.
3. Minimal Partying.
4. No Smoking.
5. Don’t Over-Warmup.
6. Don’t Rely on Throat Sprays.
7. Grab Your Immunity Potions.
8. No Eating Before Bed.
9. Control Your Positivity.

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http://voicecouncil.com/9-ways-to-save-your-voice/

A great reminder of how great pop songwriting can be. Learning from classics like this shows how 3 minutes and 14 seconds can take you to unexpected melodic and harmonic places without sounding forced or erudite. I love how Elton John starts the verse on the ii chord!

So without further ado, here’s how to play Goodbye Yellow Brick Road on piano:


Every time I hear the name Harold Budd, my mind starts playing the dreamy Major 7 themed song “The Plateaux Of Mirror” that he wrote and recorded with Brian Eno. That album (with the same name) remains an all time favorite. He sometimes gets lumped into the ‘new age’ category, but if pressed to use a category, I would suggest using ‘ambient’ or ‘landscape’ music.

Here’s a recent interview with Harold Budd where he claims “I’m So Minimal, I’m Not Even Minimalist!“:

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http://thequietus.com/articles/14204-harold-budd-interview

Exactly what I needed to read right now. As Brian Eno has said in a number of ways “The answer is not more options”

BRAINSTORMING, THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, WORKING WITH FREE REIGN ON A PROJECT–THEY’RE OLD CREATIVITY MAXIMS, BUT HOW WELL DO THEY REALLY WORK?

Click on the image or link below for the story at Fast Company:

http://klou.tt/ti3enud6eeyp

Awaiting some user feedback before hitting Software Update on my iPhone…

From the apple site:

iOS 7.1 is packed with interface refinements, bug fixes, improvements, and new features. Apple CarPlay introduces a better way to use iPhone while driving. And you can now control exactly how long Siri listens and more.  

Geekwire.com review: Here are 5 cool new features from today’s iOS update