Please do not let the quality of this picture fool you. This event was one of the most beautiful and clear events that I have ever attended, and that has nothing to do with the fact that I was the designated driver. The event that I am referring to is the Engineering And Recording Society (EARS) of Chicago. Danny has been my mentor for years; one couldn’t do better than to learn from this guy who is Stevie Wonder’s Front Of House Engineer and Ramsey Lewis’ Studio Engineer. [More…]
AV Systems: Frequency Inductor
Our goal was to produce a high pass filter using a hand wound inductor created in class. We wanted to achieve around 2mH if inductance so that we could use a 3 to 5 Ohm resistor in the RL network. [More…]
What Would Make Me Fall In Love With AVID Pro Tools Again?
Hello again!! I know it has been a while since we spoke, but life changes have prevented me from blogging for a while, when I do though, it can be a humdinger! Before I get into the meat and taters of this blog let me first say that I absolutely love the good people at AVID Pro Tools in AVID. They are really good people and work hard to, individually, help everyone that they can, out, and this is in no way a dig on them and their efforts. I am just a guy on the street who happens to see things a bit differently. I am not saying I see them right, just differently. [More…]
Add some entertainment to your Lunch Breaks.
Despite the sizzling temperatures, the first Neighborhood Live Summer Series went off without a hitch!
Staff, students, and neighboring businesses came together Tuesday to enjoy lunch, ice cream, and music (provided by DJ Moses from Higher Education Records) outside on the lawn of Madison Media Institute.
Film Categories include drama, comedy, and music. Films can be up to 5 minutes long and will be judged by a panel of filmmakers in the industry including some of Madison Media Institute’s faculty.
MMI Admissions Representative and former MHS graduate, Natalie Pohorski and Francisco Torres (MMI Admissions Director), learned about the film festival after visiting the high school. MMI is excited to be a part of this great event!
Check out the great article on this event in the latest issue of Madison Life (On Page 10).
Find out what other upcoming events MMI is sponsoring!
Time to drink my lunch!
One big issue facing recording engineers is being out of shape and overweight. It just comes with sitting in a studio 7 days a week. We have to be able to take care of our bodies or else we will have shorter careers.
I am taking 2 protein shakes a day with a low carb high protein meal at night. Be good to your body and you will be more productive than you have ever been. I have had a ton of energy since I started working out in January.
Stay Tuned! I plan to have a “Shirt Off” Picture for my birthday!
Madison Media Institute among colleges on President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2013!
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was established to recognize those institutions of higher learning that provide meaningful service and civic engagement among students through service to the larger community. It is the highest federal recognition a college can earn for community service and engagement. Throughout the year, Madison Media Institute participates in and often organizes events and volunteer opportunities that benefit many members of our community, especially younger students. In addition to regular support for local schools and students through equipment donation and other outreach activities, MMI participated in the following projects:
- Madison Police Department Cyber-Safety/Social Networking
- Community Hunger and Homelessness
- 2nd Harvest Food Bank & “Make Room for Youth”
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Western Wisconsin
Because of Madison Media Institute’s work with community service and outreach, MMI was among the list of colleges and universities honored for their outstanding commitment to learning and civic contributions. Our students reflect the value of connecting positively with the larger community in both their academic and personal life and as a core value of MMI. Congratulations to all the staff and students of MMI who worked so hard to provide service to the community, to each other, and to creating such a positive acknowledgement of our college!
The Studio of Misfit Toys officially did it’s first four-track recording. This was a long time coming, both in terms of setting up of the analog control room as well as the anticipation of what recording in that big untreated space might be like. So far, there are FIVE analog machines – with more to come – plus a turntable and a record player (there IS a difference), an interesting assortment of vintage tube and solid-state analog outboard gear, unusual microphones, vintage drums and instrument amps.
For the first two weeks, current and previous MMI students – spanning 3-plus years – learned the idiosyncratic behavior of various tape machines, of how to consistently thread and accurately edit analog tape. On week-3, we put those skills to use by ‘stealing’ a drum break for a 45 RPM record, editing out the musical bits, turning it into a drum loop and using it as a reference track.
here’s the Step-by-Step…
– Create a loop of the drum break from Tommy Roe’s DIZZY
– Vari-speed to taste and record the loop to track-1 of the 4-track
– Ben Illies overdubed Guitar, via Altec 438 (track-2)
– Ben Illies overdubbed Bass, via Altec 438 (track-3)
– Andy Keech played drums in the BIG ROOM to track-4 (using a single modified Nady TCM-1150, in OMNI, 10 feet from the drum kit through an Altec 1612)
– add a little tape echo to the guitar and…
– blend and listen (link Below)
Wednesday morning’s AE-2 class started the day with a drum mic-ing review, followed by a troubleshooting exercise – we buzzed out the booth mic lines to the SSL to make sure every channel was working (and avoid any problematic channels during the session). At 10AM, the drum set arrived – a 1964 ‘Champagne Sparkle’ Ludwig set, the goal being to get a seventies-era drums sound, including recording to Analog tape at 15 IPS (Inches Per second). We had the front head of the kick drum removed, added a doo-rag to the snare, tuned the toms just a little. The rough mic (below, both raw and processed) shows that we have a little tweaking to do on the floor tom mic (it’s a bit too hot in the mix), but have achieved the goal. We also recorded bass (DI) and Guitar (using Eddie’s modified Fender Pro Junior and an Audix D-6 kick drum mic!).
THE DRUM MICS (all through SSL preamps except the OH)
– KICK: a single AKG D-112, angled up from the bottom edge
– CROTCH: AT-4050 in OMNI – check out this link for more info—->>>> http://www.tangible-technology.com/video/shout/joeLOOP-1.mov
– SNARE TOP: Shure SM-57
– SNARE BOTTOM: Audix D-2
– HAT: Electro-Voice 664
– RACK TOM: Audix D-2
– FLOOR TOM: Audix D-4
– OH: AKG C451 in X-Y (newly repaired) through the Vintech preamps
THE RAW ROUGH MIX
THE PROCESSED VERSION (Think of this as a pre-mastering test)
This rant is about the ‘Press Darlings’. You know who they are. The ultra-hip-psuedo-indie artists that the Tastemakers (Spin, Rolling Stone, your local music critics, etc.) peer pressure us with, because we all want to be cool.
As a music fan, I have spent a good portion of my life seeking out new cutting edge artists. And have come to the conclusion that the bulk of them don’t have a whole lot of staying power in the long run.
On the other hand, whenever I check out a legacy artist that I missed when I was a wee lad, or just flat out dismissed because they were not ‘cool’ enough, I have unearthed gems that have always far surpassed the ‘next big thing ‘ that I should have been listening to.
The Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac, Lee Hazelwood, Rush, to name just a few.
Anyone growing tired of the ‘same old, same old’ that the tastemakers are selling, should take a moment to check out the great history of contemporary music out there.
The added bonus is a whole catalog of work to devour at your convenience.
Be wary of the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’. Most of the time there’s not much underneath in the first place.