Some cars going past on a quiet road.
Meanwhile, some audio I made of a 3D printer back in January is finally getting some overdue attention from me. 3D printers are musical.
Mark Lanegan Band – Hit the City, with 2 B-sides. Some vocals from PJ Harvey on Hit the City. Incredible bass guitar sound. From the ever-excellent RPM Music in the Old George Yard.
Tom Waits – Asylum Years. I found half a dozen Tom Waits songs on a old tape that a friend had made me back in the 90s and decided it was about bloody time I got a full album. From JG Windows in the central arcade in town, because I was browsing through some percussion instruments as well. I’m thinking of getting a cabasa, some large claves and a shekere, for anyone interested. I’m reminded of this clip from the Coffee and Cigarettes film as well. No idea how I stumbled upon it, but it’s very entertaining:
The 48v phantom power wasn’t working on channel 1 of this little (standard 1U rack size) beauty. Thankfully, I didn’t try to repair it myself, once I’d worked out what was going on. I have what I think is a healthy fear of soldering irons and idiots such as me tinkering with PCBs and the like.
I went along to MAC Electronics over in Jarrow (http://www.mac-electronics.co.uk/) and for a very reasonable fee, they fixed up the corrosion in its poor innards, straightened out the voltage problem and gave it a jolly good servicing.
It sounds crisp, clean, full and lovely; ready to go on the next recording sessions with these guys in July:
Or indeed anything else in between.
Here’s a recording I made last year whilst visiting Bavaria and my dear friend Lisa. Amazing enough to see her and her 2 remarkable children again, this was another highlight of which I’d been notified in advance; I was ready and waiting to dash outside at a few seconds notice to catch the morning herd through the village.
I don’t know what I was expecting but the farmer was on a bicycle. Perhaps I envisaged a quad bike or something.
Kuhstau is Lisa’s word for it and I like it. You can’t rush the herd, so anyone on their way to work or the shops or wherever will just have to wait while they get where they’re going. I think it’s a brilliant sound, the cowbell when it’s actually suspended from a cow, or even better, a whole street full of them.
Makes you wonder, really.
For example, imagine the heat coming from this entire wall of rack:
Meanwhile, just not symmetrical enough. A nice try though:
Finally, I don’t know what that monitor is for at the top left, looking for all the world like ms-dos kernel panic or summink, but I like it:
I have just got one of these in stock. Focusrite Scarlett Studio, used, in great condition and all working.
I have finished testing this and everything is in really very good order. Everything is included that you would get when buying new:
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and the bundled headphones, condenser microphone, XLR cable, USB cable, manual, software CD and mic stand mount for the “CM25″ cardioid microphone.
It works excellently. The Focusrite info is here if you need.
They retail new for £199, and I have this on sale at Amazon over here for £175 plus postage.
Of course, because I’m so nice, if you message me, email me, tweet me, whatever, I can send it in the UK including packing and postage for £165. Paypal or credit/debit cards are welcome. If you’re outside the UK, ask me for a despatch price.
I shall now toddle off and listen to some more cassettes. I haven’t heard some of these albums in about ten or fifteen years, including Horses by Patti Smith, coming to a Sony CFD-E55L CD Radio Cassette-Corder With Digital Tuner near me in a few seconds time.