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Rock of Ages

Figured I would share one of the many things I do but don’t post on the website.  The Eagle Theatre had Rock of Ages to begin their 2017 season.  It sold out every night and even the added performance.  I run the live sound at the theatre.

This is the Rock of Ages session that was recorded for the theatre’s archival purposes.  I’m remixing it to sound WAY better than what the video guy got through the board.  This consists of Drums, bass, 3 guitars, 2 keyboards and 14 vocals – also in  the session is the conductor’s mic, a spare mic that lived on stage that sometimes was sung into as a prop, a MAC channel for sound effects and finally, the camera audio which is more of the room. You can click on the image for a 4k screenshot of the Pro Tools session.

Live sound is much different, and in this show’s case, the drums being in the room never made it into the PA, hence, not the board recording.

I asked for a low res video of the show so the remix can sound like it should by looking like it should.  If I decide to get fancy and start panning stuff, I want to make sure I go where the performance came from.

Anyway, it’s tedious and very time consuming so you better love what you do, and who doesn’t love mixing audio?

This session is approximately 2 hours long.  That’s about how long it took Andrew Scheps to explain to me how he mixed Green Day’s “Bang, Bang” which is a 3:26 song.  Considering that it takes anywhere from 4-10 hours to actually mix a 3:26 song, think of the time I’m spending in this Rock of Ages session.  *sigh* Also, everything has to be automated within one session to create one resulting file.  Can’t break them up and mix each individually so all levels, mutes, etc have to be done on a consistent two hour audio file.

… and they always ask how long it’s going to take – why does it take so long …

Ever/After

Ever/After is currently made up of guitarist Reggie Wu and drummer Jim Drnec. They’re calling it a recording project. Originally there were two more members, Mark Evans on bass and vocals along with John Dennis on guitar. Reggie and Mark are members of Heavens Edge, and Jim drummed for The Dead End Kids, Network, Cinderella and the list goes on.

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Recording, Mixing and Mastering Octane

When I started running sound for Octane back in September 2004, I never thought I’d ever record their music, I mean other than live. Over the years I started acquiring equipment for studio recording and along the way tracked some multi-track shows of theirs. Tin Angel shows, “Rise Up” CD Release show at Bootleggers and Brian Bortnick’s last night. I did this with a MOTU 24io straight out of the FOH console into Cubase SX3 and then remixed at home.

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MOTU Digital Performer Lion compatibility …

As a MOTU Digital Performer user two things are obvious, I run the Digital Performer DAW and I run it on a Mac. Of course when I was notified by Apple that I could download the Lion update right now, I wanted it right then. The first thing I do? Go to the MOTU web site to see if there are any issues (I learned that from ProTools hell upgrading to Snow Leopard). MOTU being the responsible company that is it had this waiting for me:

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DIY Subkick

All the parts have been ordered and are on their way … a Pearl Export 10×8″ tom … dual 10″ mesh heads … a 6.5″ sub-woofer, foam, XLR, etc … Just a few more parts to get and then assembly will begin … Can’t wait to try it out … My main concern is the padding … Some seemed to have needed it while others don’t mention it at all …