API 512,  Purple Audio biz Mk, Avedis Ma5 (Taken with instagram)

API 512, Purple Audio biz Mk, Avedis Ma5 (Taken with instagram)

Final Mix Downs (Taken with instagram)

Final Mix Downs (Taken with instagram)

Sure hope John from American Opera is watching this.  (Taken with instagram)

Sure hope John from American Opera is watching this. (Taken with instagram)

12 Gauge Microphones are finally here!!! (Taken with instagram)

12 Gauge Microphones are finally here!!! (Taken with instagram)

Taken with instagram

Taken with instagram

  

Just decided to do a quick remix of this great track by @CashParks called “Headed for a Change”

My Baby Boy!!!!!!

My Baby Boy!!!!!!

This is what I will be doing this evening.

  

Two weeks ago GBS Detroit welcomed the Ypsilanti, Mi based band "Lawless Carver" into the studio to record their live session.  Behind the scene GBS also welcomed the “Moon Mic” creator and his wonderful sub kick microphone.  GBS used the microphone on the outer shell of their Tama Star Classic while also enlisting the help of a Electro-Voice Re-320 inside the shell to capture the beater.  The signals were combined in Digital Performer 7 running at 44.1 32 bit. For mixing I used the Universal Audio Studer a800 plugin and a Universal Audio La-2a plugin and that is it.  

Look up the Moon Mic online they are really awesome and totally helped my kick drum sit and sound exactly where I wanted it with no EQ whatsoever.

  

This week GBS welcomed Lawless Carver in to do a One Band, One Room, One Take session.  The session was outstanding and the band really delivered a memorable performance for the GBS Staff as well as the Kickstarter backers.  Take a listen to a early first mix from the session.

Mixing and Mastering : Jeff “Fuzzy” Wenzel

1st Engineer : Mk(e) Hostettler

Intern : Brandon Coskey

Love It

Love It

Ampex ATR-102 from Universal Audio

There is only one word for how great this plug is…  ”sweetness”.

I just did some mastering of the new Infatuations GBS Detroit sessions and I must say the tracks sound absolutely amazing.  The mastering chain was a Manley Massive Passive EQ, Ampex Atr-102 then Sonnox Limiter.  Look for further down this blog to hear and see what I’m talking about.

Top Ten Things Not to do when Planning an Arts Conference

10.  Don’t Kill 3g and Wifi for guests

(How do you not have everybody in attendance tweeting & FBing & four squaring?)

9. Don’t charge $65.00

(Really… that seems a little high considering TED Detroit is only $26)

8. Don’t lead with poetry 

7. Don’t have your main keynote speaker be from another area

(What does an outside person know about the area’s art scene?)

6. Don’t make your presenters have to bring all their own equipment

(How does a major university not have access to a PA system and a projector???)

5. Don’t have a 50+ yr. old crowd

(Are the baby boomers the cutting edge of the arts?????)

4. Don’t neglect to designate a parking area for your presenters

(Especially when presenters are hauling their own equipment)

3. Don’t make your presenters assistants pay the admittance fee

(Refer to side note on #4)

2. Don’t neglect to have a point and focus to your conference

(At the end of the 6 hours I still don’t understand what the point was)

1. Don’t neglect to involve the students

(How on earth do you have a arts conference at a major university and not have any students involved??  This was the most disappointing part of the whole day.  We assumed we would be talking to students eager to learn from us and what we got was a 50+ yr. old crowd who were dumbfounded as to what the hell GBS Detroit was talking about.)

  

Early mixes from the Infatuations GBS Detroit session last week.