Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Photography

Check out my Flickr for some of my best shots

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bonus Info: Toxicity (SOAD Drum Cover) by Geoff Bosco

This drum kit is the 2007 PDP MX series kit I bought in 2008. I still think these are the best bang for the buck kits out there. Even with some of the great kits Tama are starting to produce at this price point. I still lean towards the DW sound.

The tom toms have Evans clear G1s on both sides. These are the Level 360 versions. These are nearly a year old, and they, one, still tune up like a breeze and two, as you can hear, still sound great.

The snare, a 13' 5.5" solid maple stave made drum by Spawn, has a coated G1 on top and a clear Remo (Gasp!)  Ambassador on the snare side.

The bass drum has a clear Evans EQ4 on the batter side and a plain black ported Evans on the resonant side.

The video was recorded on my Nikon D7100 in manual mode with the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 (IF) DX. (1080 30p 1/30s iso 400 f/3.5)

I used a four mic setup to record this track into the Reaper DAW. I have a Sennheiser e604 on the snare, an AKG D112 in the bass drum, and a matched pair of Oktava MC012 in the Glyn Johns configuration for overheads.

The drums were mixed pretty simply. I always start by adding highpass filters, even to the bass drum, just to where I want the lowest frequencies to for that particular source to be audible. Just gates comp and eq on the bass and snare, with just a tiny bit of guitar distortion added to the snare to give it some mid range cut. Then I sent a aux input from the snare into a comp on the overheads to duck the sound of the snare in them. That's very typical in metal drum mixing. The overheads are compressed a bit (slow attack/quick release) and just a bit of eq. I sent these track to a drum buss where I compressed a bit more, then into a brickwall limiter, just to cut down the highest peaks 2-3db, and did some final overall eq.

On the master buss I simply repeated what I did on the drum buss, with slightly different parameters of course, and added gain to get the final levels.

I used Sony Vegas to edit the audio and video together. The video itself is one complete unedited take, but there is an edit in the audio. I though about editing the actual video that goes with it the fixed audio, but I kind of liked the way it came out. lol See if you can spot it.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A quick explanation of why CT has a salt shortage

In the days leading up to a big storm people begin to get nervous. They go out to buy things they think they might need. Then they start thinking about how everyone else is thinking the same thing..."well, we better get to the store before all the bread and milk is gone!" And, since everyone knows that the store aren't going to raise prices for things they're going to either buy now or buy four-five days from now, that is exactly what everyone does. And since there is no incentive for retailers to increase stock, they don't...

Well, it took me long enough...

I've been meaning to do this for a while. This will be the hub for all my social media stuff. Check out these links.

I will also blog from here, not just link to stuff from other places.