Analog send/bus station 2, the rack units. I have dozens of rack units, but boiled down to the core, these are my favorites, time and again. This rack section will be interfacing with both my 5u synthesizersdotcom and Eurorack modulars, at least from home. From the top down: 1 - Ibanez HD-1000 Harmonics, this is one of the best pitch shifters I've ever heard, and I've heard most. Once again, another example of the Overdrive friendly preamp stage, this unit is capable of significant amplitude boosts, as are every other unit in both effects columns here. This is the only digital fx out of the lot, but it's too good to not utilize. 2 - DOD R-845, a famed spring reverb, and my favorite reverb effect, ever. 3 - Biamp EQ-220, a dual channel graphic EQ with beautiful analog tone. +/-15db allows finely sculpted Overdrive as well as precise feedback attenuation, and puts some serious boom in the room. Biamp is a later Subdholm company, founders of Sunn. 4 - Yamaha Analog Delay, Model E1010. My favorite 500ms analog delay, period. Capable of some of THE best chorus/flange effects you'll ever hear. It's only rival is the Yamaha E1005, a sister unit. This is a mono effect, but has a crucial optional dry output that delivers the optimal signal routing for a time-based effect. Rock. #Eurorack#5u#modularsynth#vintagegear#studiogear#homerecording#ibanez#dod#digitech#reverb#biamp#equalizer sunn #yamaha#analogdelay#echo#chorus#flanger
This grand spire of vintage analog might will be serving as one of two main send/master bus rigs for both my 5U and Eurorack modulars, once I summon the courage to patch them up, and that's no understatement, because this old shit has a daunting departure of output jacks that are not friendly to standard 1/4 or 3.5mm signal flow. That said, I've amassed so many fucking cables and cable adapters since the last nightmare of wiring I achieved, it should be much more straight forward. From the top down: 1 - Roland Revo 30, a 70's attempt at an all discrete but mechanical-free rotary effect. Guess what if actually sounds like: fucking awesome Chorus/Vibrato. Bonus points for the two switches that ramp the effect uo/down audibly, so no sudden jump. This is way cooler than it sounds. 2 - H&K Cream Machine, an 80's Swiss army knife amp/preamp worth its weight in gold. Dual 12ax7 or 12au7 gives full spectra of raw tube saturation, can't overstate the value of this unit. This is last in line before the recording device, cold digital signals don't stand a chance. JVC Reverb Amplifier, this low-fi bad boy packs a real spring reverb tank, and it's input stage like many vintage effects can easily be overdriven with very musical but dirty results. Combined, these three units are going to sound incredible, and we'll hear that this coming week. #eurorack#5u#modularsynth#modular#analogaudio#studiogear#homerecording#roland#vibrato#hughesandkettner#creammachine#tubeamp#tubes#12ax7#jvc#springreverb#amplifier
Whenever I’ve had a long day or week, I always find myself back in the audio world, creating melodies or writing for little TV cues.
Musicians, beware of people who do the whole “pay to play” or “pay to get your music heard” or “pay to submit” gigs. This is an unsustainable model for your wallet and in the long haul, your dreams.
Understand the ever evolving music industry we live in. Understand that you are a brand and unless you are a trusted brand that sells, labels won’t be keen on you. Stop trying to convince people you make “d0pe b3ats” or hope for a man to walk in with a silver suitcase brimming with cash.
Let your work do the talking. Establish relationships. Seek feedback from those ahead of you. Offer value. Collaborate. Find yourself a day job and use that to fund your Creative pursuits till one day you can leave that job. Always lift others up, treat the recording studio like an instrument and leave your ego at the door.
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