Well we’re here and safe. Very tired due to getting up at 2am and not really sleeping since. Got my festival pass and a sofa to sleep on. Got to have a brief and chaotic sound check today, but everything should be awesome. Bearsuit will grace the Adidas classic stage at 8:30pm. So not long.
Running on empty so i think i should prob eat and drink. All feels like a dream….
You know? If there isn’t any tuna nigiri going around the conveyor belt, don’t ask if there’s any in the kitchen, because they’ll find some in the kitchen. Luckily Sufjan played for two and a half hours, so after my bowels had exploded and the nausea had subsided I actually felt well enough to GO…
Blind Test #1
Take the test and I will post the results on May 21st.
One of the great audio debates for the last decade is Analog mixing vs. Digital mixing. Most ‘analog minds’ will argue that mixing in the box, with all of it’s tweaking benefits, is still not providing the depth, stereo image and character that mixing on analog consoles provides. The ‘digital minds’ say the audible differences between the two are negligible, arguing that mixing in the box can get yield great results.
In the advent of this debate, we have the invention of the summing mixer. The summing mixer gives the in the box engineer an analog back end, thus providing a way of enhancing the result of their hard work by running their stems or tracks into analog mixing components (i.e. copper wire, passive or active amps, transformers, etc). More recently, software developers have even created analog console emulation plug-ins to replicate this analog back-end or in some cases the front-end as well.
So…what do these summing mixers and plug-ins sound like and are they worthy investments in today’s convenient digital world? Below is the first blind test. You be the judge.
There are four files to listen to, A B C D respectively. One mix is purely the box. One mix is in the box with a console emulation plug-in on every channel and the master bus (Sonimus’ Satson plug). One mix is ran out of the box into a Dangerous 2-bus summing mixer. And just for fun, one mix is ran through both the Satson consoles and the summing box. All sounds are from software-synths and samples, in an effort to eliminate any pre-coloration from recording into the computer.
Which is which? Take the test below!
Afternoon to all, please excuse myself not post anything for a while, I’ve been distracted. There is lots to tell but if you already know me then I’ve probably already told you, but I want to tell you all again.
Recent adventures include. Seeing DFA 1979 at the HMV Forum in london. It has to be the single greatest thing I have ever experienced. I love DFA and they played ever fucking song. I think I ended up smiling for at least 24 hours solid after it all.
Last night we had Rolo Tomassi played my wonderful work place, Norwich Arts Centre. (Which you should vote for here as greatest small venue in the UK). It was an awesome gig, loud, trashy and mad. Also having Holy State as main support was insane, never thought having fleetwood mac on before a set would be such a good idea. Great night.
Only ten days into may and still so much left to look forward too…
On the 19th Im off with to see Sufjan Stevens at the Manchester Apollo. Im going with my amazing girlfriend Tori, And its going to be visually and sonically mind blowing.
Then off to Primavera with the fabulous Bearsuit to do some sound work. And watch some bands maybe, but I’ll let you know later.
All in all fucking brilliant month so far, and I promise to keep you all up to date with it all.