Time To Talk About Jobs!

Back in the spring I came across this video when my friend posted it on his Facebook timeline. My wife and I got a pretty big kick out of the dark cynical sense of humour contained in Russell Holman’s Spoken Word piece. As we’re both artists we’ve often felt the pressure of expectations that we get “Real Jobs” and start a family and such, so the anti-career theme here certainly struck a chord.

Naturally, I thought it would make great material for a remix so I commented, a dialog was started, and this is the result.

Continue reading “Time To Talk About Jobs!”

BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 3)

photo (2)On Sunday morning, not wanting to experience another fruitless round of wandering around searching for open breakfast spots I did some googling and yelping and found a promising restaurant called The Don’s. I had been using google maps to guide myself around Winnipeg and probably should have paid the extra $14/day for the Garmin guidance system as I had been regularly getting lost and taking longer than anticipated getting from A to B. This time I was simply led completely astray. Continue reading “BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 3)”

BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 2)

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My rig at Maw's Eatery
My rig at Maw’s Eatery

 On my way back from Shannon’s Irish Pub Friday night, I had spotted a Starbucks near the hotel.  I took a mental note with the intention of going there for breakfast the next morning. However, on Saturday I discovered to my chagrin that it was closed. Continue reading “BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 2)”

Just in: Case!

Case MontageFor the first time in October, I had to take my gear on a plane. The logistics of transporting my equipment proved more difficult to solve than I anticipated. My eclectic collection of gear was pretty awkward to accommodate. Any bags or cases large enough to accommodate all of my equipment were too big to be guaranteed approval as carry on luggage. If I had to risk checking in my luggage, I wanted to make sure I had a case that would protect my synths and samplers. I looked at a number of cases from a range of companies but couldn’t find anything really appropriate. Finally I decided to give Dinosaur Cases a call. Doug listened to my requirements and gave me a rough quote, as well as a couple other recommendations to try. The more I looked around, the more I realized how reasonable his quote was. Many of the available products were just as expensive or even more. Having a custom case made specifically for my gear had some pretty attractive advantages too.

Case InsideEarlier in the year I had been visualizing a stand for my Kraftzwerg so that it would sit closer to the MicroBrute and angled upwards for better ergonomics and access to the knobs. If I was paying to have a custom case made, maybe I could have my studio workflow improved too. I ran this by Doug, and while it would increase the cost it would certainly be possible, so I decided to go ahead with the case.

Case FinishedI’m quite happy with the results! The Dinos were able to make a tray with a hinged shelf that sits inside the lid of the case. When I get to the gig I just put the case on a stand or a table, open it up, plug in a few cables and I’m ready to go. If it sits too low I can use the case as a platform and save myself a lot of back ache from hunching over my equipment. In the studio it sits nicely on my desk and the raised back items are more accessible. Plus it looks really professional and dare I say sexy.

 

 

 

 

 

Mixing and Mastering Marshall and The Boyfriends

Over the summer I took on a fun mixing and mastering project for a synth-pop band called The Boyfriends headed by Marshall Watson. The album is full of catchy hooks, has a diverse roster of vocalists, and a generous helping of awesome. I’d highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for some motivation on a dull dreary wet day (or on a bright sunny summer day too for that matter).

For this project I made heavy use of the Waves Neve Style Vintage EQs and compressors. I got some great results from the free FXPansion DCAM Compressor in parallel on my kick and snare. I was also delighted to discover the Plug & Mix bundle. They had a promotion selling the whole pack of forty-something plugins, including free copies of any future plugins they add to the bundle for $50 so I had to snatch it up. They sound great and feature stylish but simple, and effective interfaces.

You can check out the album here:

 

There’s now a music video for Dark Days done by Matthew Barrett which you can check out below…