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Down, but not out…

w/c 11th June 2012…

Due to circumstances mostly beyond my control (including some I have no desire to divulge on the Wibbly Wobbly Web), I have been forced to temporarily set aside my studies. I’m not going to bore you with any of the gory details - suffice it to say that I feel better again, but SAAS and Nationwide are still being incompetent *******.

Testing. One Two. Harry Potter. Honey Badger. One Two. Check. One Two.


Summer School

I still have very serious plans to collect more binaural “locational experiences” and some reverb impulses (which may well evolve into binaural as well). Some points of interest will be the cool bridge in Perth that I spoke of in previous entries, the stairwell in the old college building with the massive bassy reverb (which would probably be more useful for Foley) and some more pubs. :)

I’m going to have to organize a time to come back into college next year - armed with an array of mics - and go nuts recoridng and sampling the college’s various echo chambers

I wonder what a binaural recording of me on a moving roundabout might sound like?
Or at the dentist? :P

It is also my intention to explore building my own PA speakers. The reasoning behind this is that as a “newbie Roadie”, the only way that I’m going to get serious experience with PA systems is via the work I’m currently involved in (which is great, but doesn’t happen as often as I’d like) and by having my own system.

The simple solution would be to head on over to Thomann.de where I can purchase a hefty JBL system, which I cannot afford (thank you, SAAS/Nationwide). As I can only dream of owning a Meyer MILO system, I have to start a bit further down. However, as I have subsequently discovered, there are conflicting opinions and reviews regarding reliable “lower-end” speakers…

I know a few people who swear by Peavey - as I also do - and say their speakers can be dropped, overpowered, have pints of lager spilt on them and still soldier on. However, like the Yammy club series and countless others - this opinion is coming mainly from a DJ music environment and not a live music one. There are too many choices, whispering voices, IF, WHEN, WHY, WHAT, how much have you got? Bring on the Berry snobs et al.

That said, any idiot can buy a sound system and call themselves an engineer (no offence intended toward the 99% of engineers who buy rather than build and who are not idiots by any standard). By building my own system, I will learn much, much more. So, to business.

Having joined a project site for building speakers (speakerplans.com) and putting together a basic list of stuff I’ll need (good quality ply, power amps, good transducers, a system processor, lots of patience etc…), it has only just begun to sink in how much time and resources I’m looking at.

I make it sound like a chore. :)


Stevie’s June Top Ten

This month’s TOP 10 :)

  1. “Blood Like Lemonade” by Morcheeba
  2. “D’You Know What I Mean?” by Oasis (all-time fave)
  3. “Scorpio Rising” by Death In Vegas (No prizes for guessing why)
  4. “Bumper Ball Dub (Karmacoma)” by Mad Professor & Massive Attack
  5. “Leaving Here (Live)” by Motörhead
  6. “Desire” by Ozzy Osbourne
  7. “No More Tears” by Ozzy Osbourne
  8. “High Hopes” by Pink Floyd
  9. “S*xy and I Know It (MADEin82 Remix)” by LMFAO (Blame Ross!)
  10. “Never Say Never (Acoustic)” by Justin Bieber (So shoot me)

Hammer time…