Taming the Clucks – Part II

I know that these posts are slow and infrequent – appologies for that, but a LOT of different things have happened in life, work and everything lately. The IHR podcast has suffered unfortunately, but will definitely be propped up in the weeks to come. I’ve actually finished and been using the “Incubator” for the past month or so – really enjoying the space. There’s always going to be SOMETHING that needs to be tweaked, improved, adjusted in the studio, but, I’m extremely happy with the result. I’m always excited to fire things up and work on...

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Incubator Improvements

I’ve been a little lax in updates on the Incubator. A LOT has gone on since the last post I tossed up with a photo-diary of running Cat 5e cable out to the “Incubator”. The first of a couple of projects I’ve been working on was getting better lighting out there. The previous owner had used the structure as a woodshop and had four flourescent light fixtures plugged into recepticles mounted on the beams which in turn were wired to a switch on the wall. The light fixtures had to go. Period. I decided on getting a four halogen spots for ambient lighting and place those...

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Tethering the “Incubator”

Yeah, yeah… I haven’t been posting for the past little while. And I’ll skip the excuses, but please head on over to the IHR site to get a hint about what’s been taking so long… In Vancouver, the sun was out and Spring seems to have arrived. I took the break in weather as an opportunity to tackle one of the most important projects on my list to bring the Incubator into reality. For those who don’t know, the “Incubator” is what I’m calling the shed on our property – I blogged about it back in the fall with my plans to convert it into...

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Say “No” to Stock Responses

Over the past few days, I’ve been able to kind of sit on the proverbial “other side” of the boss’s desk. Instead of me pounding the pavement and knocking on doors offering my wares, I’ve been (the “boss”) entertaining requests from around the world to consider the merits of others’ creations. It’s been enlightening to see the variety of approaches folks take to “market” themselves. Some tactics seem to be in line with my own marketing techniques: there has been some research and familiarization done to try and focus the...

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Silence Can Be Creative

When mixing tracks, I don’t always take the view that I HAVE to use every track I’m given. A lot of times, the impact of the song is strengthened by making (sometimes liberal) use of the Mute button.

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2011 Discoveries

My second annual list of music discoveries. This list of albums were not necessarily released in 2011, but I did “discover” them over the course of the year and found myself listening to them repeatedly.

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