Thoughts about owning a studio.

Posted May 31, 2009 @ 10:16 pm | Filed under: Reflections

Lately I’ve been a bit discouraged about the studio.  It’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that being commercially successful is a bit of a pipe dream.  I say this not just because it’s difficult to get clients (though I’ll admit we’ve hardly even tried), but also because I’m not particularly interested in commercial success.  I’ve got (what could be considered) a business degree, but I’m not a businessman by any stretch.

I was inspired recently when I visited Steve Voltz and Randy Schweinsberg’s studio in Pittsburgh.  It’s a really cool place that they’ve obviously put a ton of work into;  and as far as I know, they don’t intend to do much commercial work there.  Here are two guys doing what they love because they love it.

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Put these Fingers in your ears

Posted May 5, 2009 @ 9:55 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

I just got done mixing a five-song demo with Righteous Fingers of Harmony this evening.  I’m pleased with how everything came out;  It was the first time I had used the AKG 414’s through the upgraded preamps, which I used in mid/side configuration to capture Mike’s acoustic guitar.  The rest of the setup was pretty standard… SM57s as far as the eye can see, AKG 451’s above the drums, RE-20 on kick.  The songs were all recorded live in one room, with the vocals and acoustic guitar overdubbed.

These guys have covered a lot of musical ground in the… um… many years I’ve known them.  Check out their MySpace page ( ) to hear the tunes.

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Paint and rearranging: Before

Posted April 27, 2009 @ 9:14 am | Filed under: The Workbench

I took these last week to update the blog with some recent pictures, but they’re already out of date!  The new paint job went into the control room over the weekend.  These are the “before” pictures… updated pictures will come soon.  (These are really dark, sorry)

P.S.:  Turns out that Windows doesn’t render the C64 font very well at small sizes.  So if you’re on Windows, you’re better off not installing it;  the blog will fall-back on the “fixedsys” font which is easier to read.

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Some picts to try out the Lightbox plugin

Posted April 24, 2009 @ 12:48 pm | Filed under: The Workbench

Here I thought I’d try to add a few (early) images from around the studio.  These were taken during our recording session with Recession in February ’09.  No, I’m not going to pixelate every image I upload. :)

Lots more work has already been done since then, and lots to go!

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welcome to the blacktown soundblog

Posted April 23, 2009 @ 9:56 am | Filed under: Reflections

this is the Blacktown Sound Labs blog.  Nothing to report yet.  Got a slick C64-inspired theme though.

10 PRINT "{shift-clr/home}";
20 FOR I = 1 TO 12 : PRINT : NEXT
40 GOTO 40

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