Found a old 1957 vinyl test record the other day with a few gems. I sampled the intriguing 1890 MusicBox, A humorous sound FX quiz that is oddly reminiscent of a Josh silver/Peter Steele production, & a 440 tone. I’ve always enjoyed the test tone narrations of MRL & records like these.
From the numerous inspirational “Music From A” videos, I was inspired to make a light-heartedly sarcastic “tribute” to the creative method. Recording each element individually & spontaneously, The outcome is this ridiculousness below “Music From A – Musical instrument”.
Complete admiration to Diego Stocco for the inspiration & his contribution to our world of audio.
You know it might be time to get out of LA when you get inspired by the 1st seasons rain. Something soporific about the mix of, water, sirens, crows, annoying neighbors, & the city waking up. I had to pull out the mics, pick two random windows, & capture the moment for future creative use. Pulled out the camera snapped some images as well.
Got my hands on a pair of JCF LEVRs. I wanted to see how they compare to my usual “go to” API 312 for makeup gain after the folcrom. After a week of pulling my hair out trying to get the LEVRs to play nice with my setup, (more on that later) they do have a nice presence that sets them apart.
For many when confronted with the terms dBFS, dBu, +4/-10, VU, etc their eyes gloss over. Without understanding a few simple concepts, integrating your DAW with external hardware can be a game of trial & frustration.
To properly drive & take full advantage of hardware in the analog realm, you need to 1st understand what signal level the device is designed to receive. This is when dBu comes into play.
dBu – (dB in reference to 1 mW at 600 ohms, equal to 0.775 V) All you really need to know is this is a measurement standard for audio signals.
Most professional audio gear is made/calibrated to function in a +4 dBu = 0VU environment. This means when a +4 dBu signal hits the hardware input, it will read 0 VU on the hardware’s VU meter.
VU – Unit of measurement originally developed in 1939 by the combined effort of Bell Labs and broadcasters CBS and NBC for measuring and standardizing the levels of telephone lines.
The question that often comes up is “How do my DAW levels relate to my hardware?”
Ever wonder why the timing of what you record sounds so off? Or why you get phase problems while parallel processing out of the box? Well you might just have horrible timing, or you might need to figure out your I/O offsets. A/D D/A’s, drivers, & software can all contribute to this problem.
Decided to make a little “sample pack” from a midi sync experiment.
This is the by-product of testing an MPC 3000 being a master clock & sequencing a MRB-522 via a rat stompbox, a Prophet 08+ValhallaShimmer, & triggering a octatrack mangling a loop of me on the ole drum kit.