Solid State Logic

In the most recent certified agreement for TAFE teachers in Victoria, term holidays (non-teaching weeks) may be spent engaging in "self-directed duties". Make of that what you will.

You may be happy to note that I spent my entire holiday (all day, every day) installing a new Solid State Logic AWS948 mixing console and remodelling the studio.

Well, remodelling is too strong a word. Since the old Tascam console had to go and the new console has its own stand, so did the crappy old school desks the Tascam was sitting on. I found out that Woodstock Studios was selling a cabinet with four columns of 12U of rack space. So we decided to buy it. It needed a bit of structural improvement, but it still cost a lot less than a new custom-built number. We also got new patchbays.

After spending a bit of time with the console, I can say that it's an absolute pleasure to use. It sounds fantastic and the features are pretty good: decent mic pres, two channels of dynamics and the famous SSL bus compressor, E and G series EQ, configurable stereo channels (stereo, dual mono for mixing and dual mono for in-line tracking), fader automation, recall on some switches and pots (not all) and DAW control.

We're loving it!

Gefell please

Recordinghacks has a Gefell M930 to give away this month. Must... resist... Hang on. It's a competition!

Another mic to win

Gotta love Recordinghacks. They have yet another mic give-away, a pair of Telefunken Ela M 260 small-diaphragm tube condensers. And I'm writing this entry to increase my chances of winning! Shameless, isn't it?

Pro Tools show-stopper

I've been enjoying Pro Tools 9 too and haven't even applied 9.0.x updates, but on Thursday night I had a showstopper.

I was playing multitrack for a show and it played two cues from different times in the playlist simultaneously. Took a reboot of my Mac to fix it.

I've seen a lot of weird PT stuff over the years, but I've never seen anything remotely like that.

Blackspade UM25

Those chaps at Recording Hacks keep on doing it! There's another mic to win, and they say that if I mention it on my blog, it doubles my chances.

You know, you never can own too many microphones!

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