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Espania - Cadiz province
Apart from guitar...
Post-production audio and professional mastering.
20th C philosophy and cultural theory. All forms of music but particularly jazz and modern classical. Eating out.
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4 Mar 2014
If you have a studio that uses hardware a couple of the issues that you face is getting everything connected and keeping all the leads tidy. If you hardwire equipment point to point it can be a real pain to swop things around, introduce new hardware and so on. If you want to know if you should put the compressor before or after the eq you physically have to swop equipment around or use a patchbay. A problem with either of those is that you can only accurately remember musical detail for about 1 second and so by the time you've swopped patch leads, or worse still, physically moved stuff about, you've forgotten what you heard with any real degree of accuracy. That's a major headache for a mastering engineer as we have to make informed decision on where and how to use equipment in a chain.
Our solution arrived yesterday. It's a Dangerous Music 'Liasion' - an intelligent router that lets you place your hardware simultaneouly on 2 busses and instantly switch them in and out, change their position in the chain, send any to parallel processing and monitor the pre and post inserts of both busses.
This a photo of ours
We send all 4 monitor signals to a Crane Song Avocet II. There are 4 monitor signals as there are two busses each of which has a pre and a post insert point. The Avocet also allows us to adjust the gain/volume of an instantly in order to level match diferent inputs. The photo shows the remote control unit and you can also see the 2 unit 'brain' in the previous photo below the Liasion.
All of that means that the cabling in the studio is a little involved. As it's nearly Spring we used some time to tidy things up a bit. This is a photo of the back of the Liasion after we spring cleaned! In our defense it's wired to 4 hardware EQs (a GR MEQ 2NV, Gyraf XIV, Kush Clariphonic and a Neve), 2 compressors (Maselec MLA2, API 2500), the Avocet, a PrismSound Orpheus AD/DA and an Eventide Reverb. That's a lot of XLR connections - we use 3x8 way looms plus a DB25- 8XLRF (to link the Liasion to the Avocet) and a few other standard xlr leads to hook everything together.
3 Mar 2014
Part of a brief but at times interesting interview with heavy metal mixer/producer Andy Sneap.
Nice to see that Andy, just like me, doesn't use a spectrum analyser (@ 4'05''). Whilst they can at times be helpful to someone who is learning to mix they do not help in the long run and you should learn to mix with our ears not your eyes.
14 Feb 2014
For those who like/need/want some steinberg software at a special offer price:
12 Feb 2014
There's an interesting story doing the rounds that Avid will drop all versions of PT apart from the pro end PTHD with the next release.
Avid at the moment have seen their value fall from about $3 billion to a $300 million in the last couple of years and haven't filed company acounts with NASDAQ and in the UK for the last year or so. Last time they filed account in 2011 their short term debts had gone from $1million to $18million.
20 Aug 2013
The AES announced last week that it is in talks to extend the recent ITU-R/BS1770/1 loudness standards for tv/film/video broadcast to radio. If you mix and/or master audio and it doesn't meet this standard then it may either be:
1/rejected for broadcast.
2/ releveled so that it does.
1/ is self explanatory - if your audio doesn't meet the standard then it may not be broadcast or used within broadcast material. In the case of 2 that means that the perceived volume would be adjusted to meet the requirements and would almost certainly result in much quieter and thinner sounding audio. So you need to ensure that your work complies with the new standards.
All of you who mix and/or master or who have their recorded music mixed or mastered you now should use a intersample true peak meter that conforms with the standard and all the regional variations (i.e. US Calm, EBU R128, ATSC A/85). You also need to set your output threshold on your limiters accordingly and allow for any downstream transcoding.
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17 Dec 2013 - 13:18
Thanks for the recording classes :)
You are a living book !
10 May 2008 - 6:03
Thanks everyone :D
3 Apr 2008 - 12:29
have a good birthday tony!
2 Apr 2008 - 23:04
Have a good B-Day Man!
2 Apr 2008 - 15:06
Happy Birthday Tony :) Hope you have a great day and get lots of prezzies.
2 Apr 2008 - 13:42
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