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OK, I think I’ve finally got what I want nailed down. I need an editing desk for my music room, something that brings the monitors (both visual and speakers) up to eye & ear level while also giving me tons of room for a 49 key keyboard, plus slide-out computer keyboard. I was going to do 4 legs, but the Mrs. reminded me I need some storage for stuff that seems to collect, so on the left I designed a basic, boxy shelf. A non shaded version for a clearer vision Overall dimensions – 80” wide,...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 12/28/2015 9:02:42 PM | Feedback (12)
I was working on a backing track to a guitar piece this weekend and am pretty happy with the sound. It’s just bass guitar, drums, and an organ but I really like the overall sound. My drumming is a bit rough as is some of the bass, but it’s a great start. I was going for a very specific sound with the drums and I think I nailed it. I wanted a garage-like tone, so I compressed the living shit out of the drums and brought them forward into the mix and it worked exactly as I thought it would. I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/11/2015 12:20:19 PM | Feedback (3)
Just got through reading a pretty good article about ‘warmth’ in audio recordings and what it means. Basically, circuits are noisy, don’t give you the exact output you expect, and we’ve had to deal with it for so long that we’ve become accustomed to it and consider it a sign of good sound. This line stuck out at me I wonder if in a parallel universe digital had preceded analog (somehow) would we be writing of ways to reduce warmth in our gear? If over decades of listening to clean digital...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 11/5/2014 7:57:21 PM | Feedback (8)
Wednesday, I got delivered a pair of Presonus Eris 5 studio monitors and a Focusrite 2i4 USB Audio Interface to start building up my studio a bit more. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy at work that I didn’t have any time on Wednesday to really do anything with them. Luckily, yesterday we managed to fix a ton of our issues and last night was the first night in almost 2 weeks that I could just sit down & relax for a bit. It was Georgia’s birthday, but she was busying playing with her new...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/12/2014 11:23:59 AM | Feedback (20)
I love my music. I love playing guitar, dabbling on my keyboard, and making lots of cool riffs that never really get turned into anything. It’s a fun hobby. The problem I have is that my music world exists in headphones. I only have a cheap set of computer speakers I bought back in the 90’s. My headphones are a decent set of AKGs albeit the lower end as far as construction goes. They sound phenomenal but aren’t adjustable. My routing is kind of odd for my sound, mostly due to budgetary...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 9/1/2014 4:40:19 PM | Feedback (9)
Georgia was near tears, she was so happy to get her drums Pardon the messy floor. I didn’t have time to clean up the packaging before she hopped on ‘em. Neighbors won’t hear a thing. If you close the office door, it’s just dull thudding. There are 90 kits programmed in (plus 10 user kits) so she should have plenty to keep it interesting for a long time. Eventually we can run the MIDI to my PC, but I’ll have to get something that either converts DIN to USB or just a DIN enabled card or...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 6/12/2014 9:31:40 PM | Feedback (6)
Someone took some recordings I made with some of my guns, racking the slides & whatnot and used them in a cool little track https://soundcloud.com/markvanrijswijk/dubstep-acid-v1/s-Nn9Dg (I had to listen directly at the link, but the embedded object may work for you) The shotgun racking effect is my shotgun. If you’d like to hear the sounds (quite large as they are uncompressed 96Khz/24bit – you can’t hear the difference, but more date means better ability to edit before output) I’ve zipped...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 5/5/2014 9:05:25 PM | Feedback (3)
One thing I’ve noticed about humans is that when they get ‘into’ something, they will pretend that every little tiny thing actually matters because they can totally tell the difference between X & Y, even though 99.9% of everyone else can’t. Doesn’t matter what it is, it could be food, wines, beers, or audio. This particular instance, I’m talking about audio. It’s funny to read message boards & comment threads where people can just swear that Old Analogue Synth X sounds SO MUCH WARMER...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/29/2014 10:10:57 AM | Feedback (27)
Today I broke down and purchased a Zoom H4N for many reasons. I needed to record my acoustic guitar from time to time, and needed a decent way to do it. I need to record small sounds for use in my songs. For example, I have this one song that has sounds of kids playing on the playground – it’s a sound I found online, thus who knows what kind of rights issues I’d have. Sometimes, I need a really fast way to just ‘jot down’ a musical idea I have in my head. I can’t sing worth a damn, but I...
posted by by Robb Allen @ 4/12/2014 10:44:04 PM | Feedback (8)

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