A great Lathe score includes hand ground tools. This is where someone hand grinds a shape or a pattern to accomplish a very fine detail for a feature.
I love these Logitech Marble Mouse trackballs, I have one for every computer. After a few years they slow down physically. Cleaning the dust off does not help enough, something different needed to be applied. I’ve been researching lubricants and oils, doing some tests with households; but I think I’ve found the perfect fluid. Ian Gomes of Union Sound Company made a recommendation a few years back for Penny and Giles faders. A quick amazon search lead me to Lucas Silicone Shock fluid. I must report that it is the perfect product for this application. If you need a drop, I’ll send you a q-tip of it in the mail.
I’m so lucky to have such thoughtful family.
I know how difficult it is to shop for us sound guys.
I hope the ideas I’ve been sharing have been of inspiration to eager shoppers.
I thought I would share some of the ideas my family and friends came up with that I missed and appreciate as professional tools and inspiration to learn from!
Gear tie Flexible ties. I’ve never seen these! This things are very soft and wont scratch anything.
Maped pencils. These are awesome because they are orange and they are triangular. Very nice to work with!
I’m very protective of my hearing (and the family knows this).
I’m going on a trip this week and there will be swimming in the ocean. Aqua Ears!
Flex X-RAP Finger protection. I’ve never seen anything like this stuff. If you’re making a bunch of cables and want to move faster this is the ticket! http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=64762&cat=1,42207,64762
A KAZOO!!!! Because I’m easily entertained.
Happy holidays to everyone! You’re all an inspiration to me and mine! Keep the feedback coming!
Got a Call from Christopher today. “I do a lot of EDACs” I said. He said “what you really want is the CB37 Light Director Board“
And he was right.
I was introduced to “Disk Inventory X” that displays a visual representation of what’s on your hard drives. Within minutes I identified HUGE files that were plugging up my laptop. The worst culprit is parallels… but I already knew that virus was huge!
By selecting a file, you can reveal it in the finder and see what it’s really doing!
I would recommend checking it out, just for fun!
Today I had the good fortune of meeting with Derek Heimlich of McDSP. Derek introduced me to a solution to a grief I’ve always had with software plugins. After his introduction and chat about this product, I blurted out that “Software has sucked, until now”
Until now no software allowed users to switch the character of an equalizer and compressor without loosing their settings. Modeled after some of the industries most revered equipment, McDSP comes through with another must have studio essential tool. This functionality gives you a true A/B between different compressors and equalizers. A unique experience. “I know what I want to achieve when I compress and eq, all I ever want to do is change the character”. As far as I know this is the only piece of software that keeps the EQ and compression setting between plugins. A+ work in my opinion.
I would suggest you give them a shot today for your next project. McDSP offers a free demo that is a worthwhile experience and great investment, check it out.
My Old Herman Miller wheels were really ruining my floor. This is something you don’t really think about until it’s too late…
I ordered hardwood floor safe wheels for my chair. I really recommend them for any surface… the soft rubber really keeps your floor looking new.
While I had the chair upside down I thought I’d share a mod I do to them. If you’ve spent a lot of time in these chairs you’ll know the KLANG the legs make… to keep that klang down to a minimum I Supper 77 in some scrap acoustic foam to the legs.
a whole semester summed up in one drawing
I’ve been calculating a lot of components in series lately for an ECR255 class. I’ve also had to graph them on impedance diagrams and a power triangle.
In an effort to better understand the math I made a calculator for myself. Here is it for you to use and enjoy. If you see any problems please let me know. It was designed in excel 2011 for mac… there WILL be compatibility issues and I hope they’re minor.
How it works:
You can fill int the info you have in the orange boxes. Once the boxes are filled in the calculator should fill in the rest.
If you need to modify anything else, it’s all dependant on the orange boxes. I suggest a goal seek by modifying and orange cell.
Jeff and Sydney did some fantastic work while I was at Revolution Recording. They’ve setup a killer room downtown and have Wizard Services to offer. Here is a great lesson from a very learned man.
you know… I love this man and am forever in his debt. He’s made laboratory grade audio equipment available to music / broadcast industry for many years and his standards and interests have grown since his beginning. Truly a childlike interest in pushing the boundaries of the craft he practices. He applies raw physics to sound and you should watch this as a whole to appreciate the brilliance of his passion and dedication.
I’m glad someone as enthusiastic as Hutch Hutchison is at his side absorbing it all. (though he left RND)
Long live limitless analog technology!
Long live the passionate, curious and boundary pushing!
Long live Rupert Neve
In 2006 we (Myself and Andrew Waters) built a ceiling diffuser for the studio. I’ve been doing some data backups and thought I’d share some pictures and info on the build. The whole thing was made out of 2 X 4s and 3/4″ MDF. I had a carpenter friend cut all the pieces
This was the proposed layout. Using a “herringbone diffuser” design, a frame would hang from the ceiling with some turnbuckles. Continue reading