High Fidelity

Posts about music and sound production.

Ardour setup images

Posted January 8, 2010 @ 12:51 pm | Filed under: High Fidelity

I added a shot of the control desk to this thread on the Ardour page:


Check out some of the other sweet setups… from home studios to portable recording rigs to full blown recording studios.

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Merry PostChristmas

Posted January 2, 2010 @ 1:30 am | Filed under: High Fidelity

I got one of these for Christmas, and I’m stoked to build it:

BYOC Overdrive 2

I feel like a kid who just got a new Lego set.

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Recent Recording Shenanigans

Posted October 12, 2009 @ 10:06 am | Filed under: High Fidelity,The Workbench

It’s been a while since I updated the blog with news of what’s been actually going on here. So here goes:

We recently finished up a 6-song EP with some friends in a group called Edhoculi… It came out very well, and I did a rough “mastering” job which may have left the final version a bit bright (such is the risk of mastering at a studio not qualified to do so). They’ve spoken of possibly putting the recording out on vinyl however (which would rock), in which case it would need to be remastered anyway… I’m hoping they pursue that. Check them out: myspace.com/edhoculi

On somewhat short notice, we did a song for Kellie Lynne’s recently-released album. She’s a country/rock/pop artist from the area, and her bassist Bryan is a good friend of mine. Rumor has it that her parents like the recording quality… so have a listen here (the song’s called “Real Men Gone”): myspace.com/kellielynne (EDIT: I was recently reminded how bad the quality is on MySpace’s player… check out the unmastered version on our “clients” page instead.)

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Note: This tutorial is pretty out-of-date now, and there are probably better ways to do it, but it could still be useful.

Pro audio work on Linux can seem daunting, but most of the friction is in the initial setup… after that, a Linux Audio system will remain stable for years, assuming you don’t update core parts of the system without thorough testing. So here’s my preferred method for installing a lean, mean, barebones Linux (Ubuntu) system and the latest version of Ardour — with some FX plugins thrown in for good measure.  I recently did this on a friend’s computer (Darren’s), and it went decently well, though his RME interface is being finicky (probably something RME-specific that I forgot to do).  I’ll try to update this with better info as I can.

Also, if you’re looking for a more full-featured audio workstation, please check out Planet CCRMA, 64 Studio, and Ubuntu Studio; Linux audio customizations that are much more complete than what you’ll get from this tutorial — though hopefully this tutorial will still be useful for you as a reference.

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Another reason why we’re open-source.

Posted June 29, 2009 @ 3:14 pm | Filed under: High Fidelity

Check out this link.

Just another clue that expensive VST plugins with flashy GUIs are not necessary for good music production.  In fact, you don’t have to spend a dime on software.   Concentrate your investments in good hardware if you’re building a studio.

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