Archive | February, 2006

The Amen Break

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The Amen Break

Posted on 24 February 2006 by D' MacKinnon

The history and influence of the now infamous amen break.

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PSP Drum machine


PSP Drum machine

Posted on 17 February 2006 by D' MacKinnon

Some ingenius programmers have come up with a software drum machine for the PSP called PSP Rhythm. I was expecting it to sound hokey but the samples I heard are actually pretty good. You can work on drum beats on the go and then dump them onto your PC to import into your music production software of choice. You also have the ability to import you own kits if follow their file structure.

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What gives

Posted on 10 February 2006 by D' MacKinnon

I wonder if anyone else has had as hard of a time as I getting Tascam’s customer support to e-mail them back.
I’ve been patient but it has been over a week already. No response of any kind, not even a “hey, we know you wrote us and we’ll get back to you” message.

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Adventures in woodworking

Posted on 03 February 2006 by D' MacKinnon

So, I started cutting the wood for my studio console desk today and I learned a few things.
1. You’re supposed to adjust the blade height on the circular saw before cutting. I guess that’s obvious to someone who’s used one before but this is my first time.
2. Cutting exactly to within 1/8th of an inch is damn fucking hard to do. I don’t know how some people are so good at this. Practice I guess.
I have some coding to do tomorrow and going out of town on Sunday so I’ll probably continue the project monday night.

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studio upgrades

Posted on 02 February 2006 by D' MacKinnon

A new digital mixing console will be added to my recording studio shortly but it’s going to eat up all the desk space that I have now. Where am I to put my beverages and notepads? I’ve also had a problem lately with my mic pre-amp rack units being too far away from my desk so if I need to adjust compressor or gain levels when tracking I have to kneel by my mic-pre which is away from my desk while trying to keep an eye on the incoming levels on my screen. So because of all of these reasons I’ve decided to build myself some new studio furniture. I don’t have any building plans to use for reference, i’m just sketching it out on paper and then doing it. I cut my carpentry teeth on making my own isolation booth in 2004 but this desk is going to be slightly more complicated. I plan on putting in an angeled rack mount enclosure into the desktop itself. If the rack rails are even off by a little, the equipment won’t sit properly in it so this is going to require precise cutting and measurment.
I begin construction this weekend.
On a sadder note, I heard on NPR today that planning experts in New Orleans estimate that the city will probably only be 1/3rd it’s original size when rebuilt.

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Posted on 01 February 2006 by D' MacKinnon

Funny, for some reason I just remembered that I randomly ran into this guy at a club in New York shortly after September 11th. I remember talking to him there and saying “Hey you look familiar, what do you do?” and he totally played it off pretending that he was some stock broker.

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