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Posts from July, 2008



Shredstock, live to 2-track

Saturday, July 26th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

I spent the first half of the EssenEss set at Shredstock at stage right, close enough so that Steve and Steve’s fingers were not completely blurred (although Ron Redeen’s sticks still were). Wandering back to join friends at a table near the mixing desk, I noticed Steve Smyth‘s laptop, set up to record the show […]

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Posted in Live Sound, Travel |



Amateur Hour at the Vocal Booth

Thursday, July 24th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Ever since high school, I’ve been told I have a good voice for radio. It always seemed like a neat if not immediately valuable asset: ok, so I’ve got that goin’ for me, which is nice. But then I get to wondering if there are any other dead technologies I’m particularly well suited for? Maybe […]

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Posted in Microphones | 3 Awesome Comments



Good Reads at the Hangar

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

I made a pilgrimage to Sacramento last weekend, to visit John Baccigaluppi (publisher of TapeOp) at The Hangar. I was on a mission (about which more shall be revealed here soon) and so I didn’t have time to take any pictures, except this one because it’s just too awesome. Well, what else would you expect […]

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Posted in Studios, Travel |



Oktava MK-012 Capsule Review

Thursday, July 17th, 2008 | by Michael Joly

One of the best-known hybrid mics on the market, the Oktava MK-012 FET condenser body will accommodate a dozen different small- and large-diaphragm capsules. Here is a visual inventory and applications guide to the Lomo, Blue, and Oktava capsules for this ubiquitous pencil mic.

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Posted in Microphones, Reviews | 6 Awesome Comments



Bob Heil on large-diaphragm dynamic mics

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Working on the Heil pages of the mic database the other day, I got to wondering exactly how a dynamic mic could be described as “large diaphragm.” Was it simply a matter of the voice coil being an inch or more in diameter? I’d seen a handful of “large-diaphragm dynamic” mics, but the qualification had […]

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Posted in Interviews, Microphones | 6 Awesome Comments



Friday Featuritis: Microphone Tagging

Friday, July 11th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

As promised, here is feature #3 of our three-week series of upgrades. The tag-based microphone browsing tool is ready for action. The search tool within the microphone database already gave easy access to common categories (or characteristics) such as “large diaphragm” or “pencil mics.” The tagging system actually duplicates some of that, but it goes […]

Posted in Colophon |



Friday Featuritis – The Mic Modder Directory

Friday, July 4th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Introducing The Mic Modder Directory You probably own a couple inexpensive microphones — MXL, CAD, Nady, Oktava, ADK, Joemeek, and on and on — because if your mic cabinet was filled exclusively with Neumanns and Gefells and vintage AKGs you wouldn’t be reading this website. You’d be tracking 24×7 to pay the Visa bill. And […]

Posted in Colophon |



Pro Tools LE on OS X: short-lived compatibility

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

DigiDesign’s market-leading DAW, Pro Tools, has not been compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 (“Leopard”) since 10.5’s release on October 26, 2007. Mac users who run Pro Tools have been stuck with 10.4 for eight extra months. On June 19, Digidesign finally approved Pro Tools 7.4.2 for use with OS X 10.5.3. Then on July […]

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Posted in DAW | 2 Awesome Comments