Mobile studio

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mobilestudioI think I’ve sort of put together the mobile recording studio that I’ve always wanted to have. Gonna try it out today at the Γ„lvsjΓΆ replokal. I’m curious what the drum microphones sound like. It’s a kit from JJlabs, a Swedish brand, and at around 2500 SEK it was an absolute bargain. Four dynamic tom clipons, a kickdrum mic and two overheads. The guy at Jam said I would not be disappointed, and if I was to be anyway, I could return it. Nice.

The C214 I picked up mainly for vocal recordings, but from my time at SAE I remember that its slightly bigger brother sounded really good on hihats as well. The C214 is supposed to be exactly like the C414, but it lacks the figure-eight and omni switch; it can only do cardioid recordings, which I think is actually just fine.

Then there’s the ProFire26...

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Trummis

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Teaching Sini to play drums πŸ™‚

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Stockholm jazz

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piposteveThis weekend is Stockholm Jazz weekend. Me and Steve went to see a couple of cool concerts last Friday, which I so totally needed after a long week of hard work. July in Sweden means everyone gradually starts vanishing from your project to go on a five week vacation πŸ™‚ That makes it pretty difficult to get anything done, but Friday was a successful day; time for some well deserved beers and music.

Stockholm Jazz is like a small festival in Skeppsholmen, with all sorts of artists. I finally got to see Marcus Miller for real! Sony Rollins was also pretty amazing. Having been infected by Steve’s enthousiasm, I went out yesterday and bought the missing instrument in my collection: my first bass guitar!pipojames DLX music were having a sale so I got my hands on a Fender Jazz bass for a good price...

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Discowolf78 Concert

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bandLast Tuesday DiscoWolf78 had their second gig. Check out the pictures by our own personal photographer Andreas. Live audio material on last.fm. Stay tuned for video footage and find us on Facebook!

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19″ rack installed

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dsc01105The last couple of afternoons I spent exploring K-Rauta, a big Swedish byggvarahus. The Swedish Praxis, if you like πŸ˜‰ I needed screws, bolts, hooks, drills, wheels and a bunch of wood to construct a 19″ rack for housing some audio stuff. It was a nice hobby project that I finished yesterday. Now the Waldorf and the Mackie aren’t clogging up my precious desk space any longer. Other modules in there: AFB8, SLM162, MDX2200, REV500 and the Warpfactory.

Why didn’t I just buy a 19″ rack? Well I could have, but they are hardly ever exactly what you want, plus they cost ten times the amount I spent now.

Next hobby project is setting up a beginner’s guide to MIDI and Audio routing….

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Philicorda sold!

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philicorda1philicorda2Last weekend I sold my Philicorda to a friend. I drove it to Hoeve Weltevreden, where the Dutch Youth Association for Astrononomy (JWG) was at that moment organising a camp for kids. It was great to be in Holland and to spend the evening in Het Brabantsche Land. Me and some friends spent a few hours ridding the Philicorda of dust, admiring its design and tubes, and played some awesome tunes on it, much to the joy and amusement of all the people who were trying to watch Back to the Future in the room next door. By the way, if anyone possesses a Philicorda service manual, model AG7500, please contact me. We were unable to find one on the internet, which must mean it doesn’t exist.

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Sweden Rock Cruise

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dsc00182Just spent the most awesome day on a big cruise ship with a bunch of friends. The trip was called the Sweden Rock Cruise. It was a strange experience, the whole Love Boat setting type of thing, but crowded with tattoo’ed and pierced rockers πŸ™‚ In its surrealism it wasn’t that different from some of the raves I’ve seen in Holland. There was a rock stage on the ship where we saw performances by lots of cool Swedish bands such as Dream Evil, Gravedigger and Entombed. We missed out on Witchcraft cause we were doing a pub quiz. A really relaxing experience in a time of anxiety about job and future.

Yesterday morning, me and Erik the Awful woke up and started singing the lines to the brilliant Dream Evil song “Heavy Metal in the Night”. Monsters are dying by axes. That’s right...

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Distributed composition

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partitionrockRutger and me are exploring the possibilities of distributed composition. I wrote a bunch of chords and put them in a basic techno track, and emailed that to him. Then Rutger rearranged the whole thing to form a rock track, programmed some basic drum samples,Β  recorded guitar tracks to it and emailed the whole thing back to me. Then I setup a mic’ed drumkit, played his drum arrangement on the real thing, recorded and mixed that and sent it back to him. He then recorded new bass and guitar tracks to it. Then I mixed everything together. We have some lyrics lying around, anyone up for laying a vocal track?

miceddrumkitThe starting point: [audio:Partition.mp3]

The status quo: [audio:20090315_PartitionMixBeforeVocals.mp3]

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Setting up a home audio server

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Over the years my iTunes library has been growing substantially, and so has my collection of computers and harddisks. As a result, my personal archive had become quite scattered. Documents, photos, videos, mp3s, it was everywhere! In my quest to archive everything to a big harddisk attached to my Ubuntu server, I came up with the plan to also have a central music server. That would save a lot of space on my laptop harddisk. Plus I would be able to listen to my music wherever I was, in the house or in the world!

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Logic Fader Data

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One of the first things you should know is that most (though not all) of Logic’s internal controls respond to Fader data, rather than MIDI controller data. To be able to control just about any fader in Logic using an external MIDI controller device, you will need to create the appropriate Transformer objects in the Environment.

In the following example, I ha...

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