GearFest 2013 was pretty much as dope as I expected it to be. Lots of great gear being sold at ridiculously low prices. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go with my wife this year because she was out of town photographing a wedding. Instead, I was joined a few friends and fellow audio engineers. Basically, a total sausage fest on wheels driving an hour out of way to experience a mega sale.
I picked up this sweet new KRK subwoofer to help flesh out my monitoring situation in the studio. This is a much needed upgrade because lately I’ve been mixing a decent amount of hip hop and rap music. I’m perfectly confident with my ability to mix on my Dynaudio BM5A monitors, but I’m excited about the added control that this subwoofer will give me.
Oh, and for anyone who has ever been to GearFest knows… SM57 and SM58 microphones were being sold at RIDICULOUSLY LOW PRICES! Seriously. $57 and $58 the respective microphones. I ended up getting one of each which is funny because I didn’t really need either of them, I just can’t resist a good deal. Anyway, enough with all this nonsense, I have this subwoofer hooked up and it’s time to break it in.
Here’s a short documentary that Lauren Reber and I created for Judi Lee who came into my recording studio, Reber Recording, to record a 5-song EP comprised of songs written by bands from Indiana’s past. This is my first attempt at documenting a recording session in this way. I work with audio so this video stuff is still pretty new to me. That being said, I look forward to making more of these. Feel free to like the studio FB page!
I just wanted to let everyone know that the studio will be closing for Thanksgiving weekend. I love to cook and Thanksgiving is a big food-based holiday that allows me to put my inner culinary nerd to work. As much as I love recording, I love eating and hanging out more. That being said, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving full of food, family, and friends!
I picked up a few GoPro HD HERO cameras to keep around the studio. Although their primary use will deal with providing interesting camera angles a new web series I am working on called 4-Wheels/16-tracks. I am hoping to use these to get some in-the-studio videos of different recording sessions so that I can edit them with the recorded music and then post them on the internet in some form or another. I am aware that these cameras were designed to be used in extreme environments but I will probably just use them to get shots I can’t get with other cameras.
I am planning to test them out for the first time this Friday with When, Not If at Doc’s Music Hall. It will be interesting to see how these cameras perform in a low light environment.
My beautiful fiance, Lauren, and I drove up to Fort Wayne today to see just what GearFest 2012 at SweetWater was all about. I don’t think they could have picked a more appropriate name. This place was gear crazy. A small town of tents were erected so that companies from all over could show off the latest and greatest of modern audio gadgets. Oh, and don’t let me forget to mention the deals. There were all sorts of crazy sales going on! They were selling SM57’s for $57!!! That’s just ridiculous. I have to mention that Sweetwater is an exceptionally good host. They provided air-conditioned tents, free water, and they didn’t even mark up the food prices at the cafeteria. There are a lot of companies out there that would not think twice about trying to make an butt-load of money just by capitalizing on the basic needs of their customers. Hats off to Sweetwater for putting their customers needs first.
While I was there I managed to procure a few much-needed items for my mobile recording studio at incredibly low prices. I purchased a new 16-track digital mixer along with a sweet and sturdy road case that will protect the mixer while also providing me with plenty of storage space and functionality. I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchases. Oh, and I think I made a good impression with the head of global marketing for Rode Microphones! An excellent contact to have… especially going into this new mobile production that I am putting together.