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3/24/2015

I know; I said I would talk about getting that big fat guitar cab sound into your recordings. I think I'll hold off while the studio is going through a major renovation. I would like to be able to get good sound samples up with any advice blog post. 

 

I just started selling the mics at the beginning of the month. They are in one local store; American music, and I have been sending mics off for reviews to total strangers (talk about nerve-wracking). If you would like to do a review of my mics, drop me a line. Does anybody know of any magazine that does unpaid gear reviews? Every magazine that I know of, charges for reviews. Which is a shame. I understand that magazines don't want to write bad reviews for potential advertisers, but it would be nice to not have to "read between the lines" of magazine gear reviews. All my local reviews have been really great, the only problem is, I know the people who are reviewing/testing my mics. To get a true review, I need to send the mics to studios who are willing to publish an honest review of the mic. So, if you are a pro studio with a blog that reviews gear, let me know.

 

I just sent 2 mics Justin in St. Louis, MO at Smith Lee Productions. Check them out at http://smithleestudios.com/

 

I am just a little envious of the studio they have there.  

 

I will also be moving the blog over to a social media site soon. This web page is just a little bit too tedious to be doing a blog on.

1/4/2015

The first blog entry.

Well, after 2 years of selling off some of my favorite posessions....like this.

The 1969 BMW R60/2 US, was the hardest item to sell. 

So I could get this......

It took quite a bit more to get the operation up and running, but it happened! I now have exactly the microphone I wanted, The microphone that I thought should have existed 20 years ago. I have the ability to reliably produce them. And they sound amazing.

 

Now what?

 

The hard part is done, right? Or is it harder to place the microphone in the hands of studio engineers around the US? I don't know..... I just got the patent the other day and have only let a few studios use the mic. Response has been overwhelmingly positive, but is that good enough? I don't know a thing about marketing. Is making a great product enough? I've been told that I need to put myself out there. Outside of countless evenings performing on stage, I'm a fairly private person. So here it goes. Here is my blog. I hope to be able to share all my experience with you and let you in on the easy way to do things.

 

I have been fascinated with microphones from about the age of 14. I saw an old Electrovoice mic at a music store in San Antonio. The tag said "for display only". The clerk took $10 for it. I took it apart and had no idea how this thing worked.....and then took it to a friends father who ran a small TV repair shop. He showed me how to replace the ribbon, cean it up, test the transformer......I was hooked. At one point I must have had about 30 vintage ribbon mics, all repaired and humming along nicely. When I started taking session gigs in the early 90s, I didn't see too many ribbons lying around the studios. Sometimes A studio owner would ask me to bring some of my test gear and soldering iron to fix up some compressor or an amp. A hickock tube tester lived in the trunk of my car, or the back of the van, depending on what year it was. Nobody ever wanted to fix a ribbon mic back then (well, maybe some of you did, but I didn't know you then). 

 

When digital started hitting the smaller mainstream studios in the early to mid 90s, you still didn't see too many ribbons around, but when I would bring my own mics and preamps for sessions, people didn't seem to want to argue much with the results. Ribbons just didn't seem as harsh as condensers in that low bit depth digital environment.

 

So, on that note, I will end my first blog. In a week or so, I will go over the question most commonly asked of me by new studio owners..... How do you get that great, big, fat, guitar cab sound? Well, there are a bunch of ways; and it involves polarity. But first, I need a logo, and some more boxes, and more transformers, and velvet to line the foam, and figure out how to print these damn UPS shipping labels, and......