April 21, 2013
If you are into making recordings or picking up samples to create your own instrument, you are probably already aware that the quality of the sample or recording is of upmost importance. If you begin with a bad sample, you will have an even harder time trying to work with it. You can always make a sound more distorted but the same doesn’t work the other way. It’s much like taking a low quality picture and trying to blow it up to a large size – it can be done but the quality will be unacceptable. Voice recordings are perhaps the most sensitive to this issue as well. Any sort of noise in the background can be eliminated to some extent – but it has its limits.
Tascam pocket recorders use a mix of directional microphones to ensure that the world is being recorded, and not just a section of …
February 21, 2013
On January 31st 2013, the limited theatrical release of Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City premiered to an eager public. Those who couldn’t make it to the screening got to digitally download the film on February 1st. For those of you who don’t know, Sound City tells the story of Sound City Studios, the birthplace of seminal records from bands such as Fleetwood Mac, REO Speedwagon, Tom Petty, Rick Springfield, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and many more. The story is as much about Sound City, its staff, and the records made there, as it is a story about the famed Neve recording console, Grohl’s all star compilation record, and a much larger discussion about analog recording techniques, when compared to the introduction and proliferation of digital technology from the 80s into today.
Despite what some critics are saying, it’s a very well done documentary, especially from someone that …