Toys for Pitbulls

Pitbull lovers know that one of the characteristics of the breeds that make up the generic “pitbull” label is their fondness of chewing—hopefully their toys, and not our shoes, couches and the legs of dining room tables. They have powerful jaws, and we, as owners, search pet stores and online sites hoping we can find […]

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Recording Equipment For Sale

It’s December, so I’m getting a jump on spring cleaning… I also need to buy some of the great Thermionic Culture gear, so I’m waving goodbye to some items I no longer need. All items in “as new” condition. Apogee Converters and Big Ben Clock Apogee AD 16X and Apogee DA 16X 16 channels of […]

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Fiona Apple Writes Heartbreaking Letter About Her Dying Dog, Cancels Tour

Fiona Apple Writes Heartbreaking Letter About Her Dying Dog, Cancels Tour | Pigeons & Planes. I’ve always liked Fiona Apple, and today she touched me, and many others I’m sure, with her thoughtful and loving letter which you can read at the above link. Her Pit Bull, Janet, is seriously ill with Addison’s disease. My […]

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Party with the Pits

I visited C.A.R.L. (Canine Adoption and Rescue League) today, who are hosting a “Party with the Pits” event this weekend (Oct 26-27 2012) I was notified of the event by my favorite rescue, AFLAR (All For Love Animal Rescue) who board some of their rescues at C.A.R.L. As I strolled around the shelter with AFLAR’s […]

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Vocals: Recording, Editing and Mixing

Recording Vocals Here are some tips and suggestions for recording, editing and mixing vocals, from the perspective of a producer/engineer. Although my focus is rock music, some of the following suggestions should be useful for other types of music but which may require different approaches. In almost all articles about any type of audio recording, […]

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Pit Bulls—the Most Misunderstood Breed

I’m a huge Pit Bull fan. They really are a misunderstood breed, not helped by ignorant media reports that attribute blame to pit bulls whenever a dog vaguely resembling a pit attacks a kid or another dog. Of course, there are bad owners breeding and abusing these dogs for fighting. But any dog can be made aggressive. […]

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A Life In The Death Of Joe Meek by PalmDoorFilms — Kickstarter

The amazing Joe Meek, one of the most influential figures in British recording and production. I’m glad to see that a new Kickstarter project is born to help fund a feature documentary. From the site linked to below: “This feature documentary chronicles the rise, fall and resurrection of Joe Meek. It shows, due in equal […]

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R.I.P Tyson

A few weeks ago, Tyson (aka Kevin) the Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, died suddenly after a very brief bout with an auto-immune disease. He was only a year old. He was one of those fun-loving, playful pups that just enjoyed life. He was the best friend to my dog, Walter. I had saved Walter from death […]

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Recording and Mixing Rock Guitars

Here are a few “getting started” ideas, tips and tricks for recording and mixing electric guitars. I deliberately have written in generalities: I have seen posts on forums, and in some articles, blathering about “boosting 500Hz by 3.5 dB, cut 2 dB at 200Hz, add 5 dB at 3.35 kHz blah-blah, use a 4:1 compression […]

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Compression: An Introduction

A compressor can be described as an automatic volume control. By manipulating a compressor’s settings the incoming signal can be changed: louder parts of the signal can be reduced in level, leaving the quieter parts of the signal unchanged. This reduces the dynamic range of the signal. The compressed audio might then be raised in […]

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