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  1. #21
    knows every handout in every town Remote recordist...never gets chicks
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    Let's see now. Male, 48 (coming up fast on 49) caucasian (or as they say here in Malaysia "Other"[1]). Originally from the UK (Yorkshire) but based in Malaysia for the last 12 years. Ham-fisted guitar player with an occasionally gigging covers band and even more infrequently with a blues/jam band. I've been playing in bands on & off since I was 14. My recording experience is restricted to home stuff. First on a Fostex XR-3, now on a PC[2].

    I used to be an IT techie but after a long ans slow slide away from the ivory tower I know find myself working in pre-sales. I personally put the blame on aluminium cookware, but it pays better than cutting code

    I've been hanging around since sometime during the Mixerman Diaries when I was sent over here by Tarmadillo (us old bar band hacks stick together). I've been around the internet guitar boards forever, and before that on Usenet (I was a "Stevie" on rec.music.makers.guitar. Man that was along time ago). I hand around here for the crack and for Cape.

    So now you know.

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    2) You can't snap the record key off a PC when you get pissed off after fucking up a simple overdub ten times in a row.

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    Jerryskid---'oh and ParamB, since you're a pediatrician I sure you can find me some Flintstones Chewable Morphine, our drug store doesn't carry it anymore.......' What kind? grape or fruit flavored? The fruit flavored is a smoother ride. The grape flavored will kick your ass...Patrick
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    Jerryskid---'oh and ParamB, since you're a pediatrician I sure you can find me some Flintstones Chewable Morphine, our drug store doesn't carry it anymore.......' What kind? grape or fruit flavored? The fruit flavored is a smoother ride. The grape flavored will kick your ass...Patrick
    Anything but the BAM BAM's....they mess with you pretty hard..
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    OK, I’m a 48 year old, married, former US Marine who went from framing to Electronic Engineering to IT Geek.

    When I was 14, I found a guitar in my grandfather’s closet – a 1962 Yamaha Red Label FG150 He told me he had bought it and never learned it and if I could learn to play it I could have it. I managed to figure out John Denver’s “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” so he let me have it. (Y’all can just stop laughing right there and shut the fuck up – I hadn’t even heard of rock n roll at that point and i liked John Denver) I still have, and play, that guitar.

    By the time I was 15, I and some friends had started a band and had one too many guitar players so I bought a used Fender P-Bass from a pawn shop and became the bass player. Been doing that ever since in several bands (4Sight, New Law, Storm Within)I quit the last band when I got married and had kids cause we were never going to be rich or famous or rich and I needed $$$ to raise a family.

    Now after about 10 years of not playing I’ve put together a mini studio in my office at home and I’m trying to record some of the 100 or so songs I’ve written. I wound up here whilst searching the net for info on Sonar and mixing and have already learned a ton from some of you (Thanks!!) and hope to learn enough to share a couple of my tunes on the song forum. I’m struggling because the last time I was recording anything it was with a Tascam PortaOne and a Roland TR505. I thought being an IT geek would give me a leg up on learning digital recording but . . . well – slowly but surely

    If any of you hot guitar players out there who can stomach bluesy country and redneck rock want to help me out with some lead tracks feel free to send me a message. And I’d love to find anyone else who is in Arizona that might let me look over their shoulder and learn a thing or two.
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    Nick, 32. Heya

    The shorter:

    Happily married, Mortgage, 2 puppies, zero kids and no firm decision as to the likelihood of any.

    Singer, Audio Engineer (sort of, technically), have played bass, guitar, and keys in some sort of professional capacity, in that order of proficiency.

    The longer:


    The first inkling that I might be into music was as a kid, I was apparently transfixed by a family friend's cheesy 70s Spinet-Organ. You know the ones with the fake woodgrain veneer, two keyboards and the bossa-nova rhythm machine? Well apparently it was cool enough for little-Nick, and Mum & Dad were kind enough to get us one and pay for some lessons. I got a bit of a musical theory grounding here, but it was very 101 stuff, and I quickly started to confound the teacher by picking things out by ear rather than learning to read the notes on the staff. Later on I did all the typical muso/recordist-to-be stuff - messed around with cassette recorders, "invented" overdubbing when I got a twin-cassette deck with a mic-mixing input, etc . I switched to guitars as my primary instrument somewhere in here as well, and started singing in high school bands somewhere around year-8, primarily because no other bastard would go near the mic

    When I got to year 11 in 1993, I got to play with a somewhat-useful recording rig for the first time. Soundcraft Spirit 8-buss, The ubiquitous Fostex R8, with an Alesis 3630 and a Boss ME50 for outboard.

    I proceeded to spend the next 3 years (I did an extra one so I could use the studio more ) neglecting my "real" studies, but filling tape after tape as I learned that little studio top to bottom. Again, in the absence of much external information (ie, the internet) I "discovered" a lot of things here. Bouncing to achieve more than 8 parts was an easy concept - just like my old twin-cassette days but with more tracks . Flipping the reels over, bouncing through a reverb, then flipping back (remembering that the track order would reverse) was a HUGE epiphany for me at the time, and I'm almost a little sad it's so easy to hit "reverse" in a DAW these days...

    1995 I got a part-time job at a TV station here, operating studio cameras primarily, and also doing a bit of sound-recordist work, which was realistically more of a "boom holding" and "lighting case carrying" position than anything else. That turned to a full-time position a couple of years later, and I spent the years between then and 2004 doign pretty much every job in the place - ENG/EFP camera, audio (natch), edit, and 3 years as Graphic Artist. Somewhere in here I started doing the odd vocal session for a local Jingle studio, and decided that would start to concentrate on singing a bit more seriously. I also met up with the other guys from my band toward the end of this period.

    Late 2003 I was feeling like I'd plateaued at the TV station, so I resigned on good terms and went to Uni full-time to study English & Journalism (with a smattering of History and Philosophy). Clearly employability was not high on my priority list Despite the fiscal hardship involved in such a move, it's been very rewarding.

    Early 2007, I applied for the position of Sound Designer/Audio Engineer for an upcoming animated TV series that a local company were producing. It was quite a step beyond anything I'd done previously audio-wise, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to throw my hat in the ring. To my utter astonishment, they offered me the job. We're currently wrapping up the second season of that series, and I have my fingers heavily crossed that they'll have more work to offer me after that. Unfortunately it's a feast-or-famine sort of position, and once the series is in the bag and the budget exhausted, I'm without work until they get funding for another one. I'm quite nervous about that at the moment, as we have a mortgage, and the economic climate is a little shaky as we all know. We have enough put aside for a few months of no work, but after that it gets dicey...

    As a result, I'm currently trying to get my ducks in a row to pick up some more freelance gigs. I'm lucky in that I've got diverse experience, and therefore have a fairly broad base of skills, but at the same time it's hard to know where to aim if you're not specialising in the one thing. So the portfolio website is almost done, and I'm about to start seriously pushing for work. I'm hoping it's going to be one of those "blessing in disguise" moments - I love the freelance lifestyle, but I've never had the impetus to try to make it the primary income before.

    So that's me, or at least from one angle. Is anyone actually still reading?
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    Kevin, male, 42, Georgia

    I started writing music at 13 and playing in bands at 14 with my high school pals. Didn't get serious about it until I was just out of high school. I started recording on a Teac 4 track 1/2 reel to reel with a couple of PZMs, 57s and 58s. I still have the very machine I recorded my first multi-track recording on and I actually use it on occasion.

    I'm semi-retired now I guess you could say. I built a fine recording studio in my basement with the intention of trying to make some money off of it. It was then that I discovered that my house is across the street from the mayor of my town. Seeing as I would be in code violation for running a customer based business out of my home, I've had to keep it very low key. This was a costly disappointment, but it's mine, and I spend a lot of time in there. Occasionally I have a client, but for the most part it's just me and my wife using it. Suits me just fine really as I got kind of burned out with people being around all the time.

    My wife is a musician as well and we are pretty much a team as far as writing and jamming goes. I couldn't ask for a better partner.

    Since I spent 20 years pushing my bands and my efforts, I didn't have a chance to get out and do some real living. The past few years I took up rappelling, rock-climbing and caving and have been having the time of my life.

    I'm more of a lurker here and really don't post that much but I do keep up with what's going on.
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    I'm 27. I play the drums for (not much) of a living. I found the diaries on the internet by accident years ago, bought the book and found the forums. I lurked for a long time and when I had questions, I signed up.

    I don't even read the other audio forums. They suck.
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    Alfredo, male, 22

    I'm venezuelan, and even though I read this forums everyday I barely post, but I enjoy being a part of CAPE everytime it comes around and I'm able to be a part of it (got to be a part of CAPE 5 and 6 but not of 7) and I first came into The Womb because of Zoesch.

    I'm a clasically trained pianist, started playing when I was 5 and I basically don't remember life without music being around. Played quite a bit in Venezuela as a soloist, with orchestras, chamber music ensembles and singers/instrumentalist accompanist. Moved to Waco, Texas in august last year to get my masters in Piano Performance from Baylor University and I'm one week from being done with the first year of the program.

    Besides that I started toying around with keyboards when I was 17, I play (but now is basically record) with a band called Echoes (www.myspace.com/echoesve) and we owe a HUGE deal of grattitude to The Womb because of the amazing people we found here that helped us on our first album (which we hope to promote here sometime around when it's finally ready).

    Because of the band and the two Cape's I've been in, now my dream job would be to become a session musician, but I can't seem to find anything to go about that.

    I'm pretty selfconscious about my playing and I almost never like what I play or record, even though I can feel proud of some of it because I've worked really hard on it, I can always go on FOR HOURS picking on stuff that's either wrong or that I should change, but one thing I've learnt is to try and do your best and then let things go.
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    I'm the son of the worlds best flat top acoustic guitar builder (well, I think so - though he always paraphrases a wine maker he once heard, saying "I build guitars in the company of other fine builders). This lead to my own love affair with the guitar in particular, and music in general. When my hands started to give out (due to an apparently genetic condition called ligament laxity) I started to focus more on building guitars (which I'd always done). Now days, I build electric guitars, and help keep the books around the shop. Our shop is also a large repair shop, and have five full time repair people.

    After I got out of Berklee in 2000, I worked for several years as a stagehand/sound guy/lighting guy, mostly on corporate events. Getting very sick of hearing about quarterly stock returns, and feeling that my soul was being sucked out my ears, I've begun doing a lot less of this kind of work.

    A few years back, I started riding my bike because I felt it was time to "start giving up my summer exercise program," and of course the first step to giving it up was to start it. But, oddly, I didn't give it up. Since then, I've ridden about 7,000-8,000 miles, including a few bike tours, and more importantly I gave up my car in 2007.


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    Being Over There Now Retired phone sex worker... no more hang-ups!
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    ..this is my sane and quiet refuge from all things science/medicine/family if that gives any indication at all.....
    This is your sane and quiet refuge? Dude, your life must be hell on a turbo-charged Segway...

    Well, while I'm here, I'll play too. I'm Rick, 47 YO DWM, I like long moonlit walks on the beach, cuddling, using sex toys on women... oh wait.

    I believe my mom was listening to Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet while I was busy being gestated; some months later I emerged in southern Connecticut with music imprinted on me. My first musical memory was The Beatles on Ed Sullivan when I was just under two years of age. When I was five and living in California, I saw Ray Manzarek playing an ironing board on TV and decided it sounded cool and I wanted one too.

    When we moved back to CT the next year, my parents sprung for a rent-to-buy spinet piano and lessons. It wasn't an ironing board (now revealed to be a combo organ) but it would do for the time being. Three years in I realized that the music I was being forced to play wasn't moving me, so my parents (in an effort to motivate me again) swapped the piano for a cheesy Baldwin home theatre organ-- two manuals, an octave pedalboard, and a Roland drum machine grafted on (you couldn't program it). Thus began three years of Three Coins In The Fountain, Just One Of Those Things, I Cover The Waterfront, Lady Of Spain, Nola, and countless other cheeseball organ arrangements that spoke to me not at all. When my interest (understandably I think) flagged again, my parents stopped paying for my lessons, and there the organ sat gathering dust and spiders.

    Then I saw Emerson Lake & Palmer at Cal Jam in 1974 and a light bulb appeared over my head, one shaped like prog rock. Thinks: I sucked at sports, but here was something that I didn't have to suck at. Four years later I was in my first band-- all originals, all jazz fusion. I was learning to write, learning to play well with others, and learning that girls went for guitar players and drummers and that piano players got sloppy seconds if they got anything at all. I was grateful for whatever crumbs fell from the table.

    A year after that band disbanded I found myself with my high school marching band, playing trios in the drum line, and default pianist with our jazz lab as a result. Some friends from the drama club had a Moddish British Invasion cover band but no drummer. So there I was, dressed like Paul Weller behind the school's drum kit, banging out Blue Suede Shoes and Twist And Shout... that ended when I went to college.

    Fast forward a dozen or so years and a bunch of cover bands and original projects formed by guitarists who believed the sun shone out their asses, and with that much playing experience under my belt I felt it was about time I gave my own writing a proper airing out. I formed a band and called it Fulcrum (later Radiant City, and now @Fulcrum), and we had one or two fans and two or three places to play-- but the club owners loved us and believed in us. This was a watershed for me, the best writing I've done before or since, but when we went to record it in a proper studio, what was coming out of the speakers was lifeless, flat-sounding... we sounded fey, Oscar Wilde in bra and panties. I thought to myself, "I could do better..."

    ...And when the other members of the band drifted off one by one to their own lives, I stuck with the music as best I could (while juggling a new career in IT consultancy)... the upshot of which is that it took me a dozen years to make an album documenting that music. It would have taken a lot less time had other people actually been involved and had I not decided that I could produce and engineer it myself on top of playing all the instruments, but I'm a stubborn-assed Aries and I wanted to be able to point to it and say "I did this, and it doesn't suck... very much at all."

    That album, Luminous City, is available through Tunecore on iTunes, Rhapsody, and Napster.. see my sig.

    And having taken a dozen years to make that one, I turned around and improvised another one in three weeks, and that one (Movement Along A Path) got released more or less simultaneously with Luminous City. At the moment I am working with a close friend in New Jersey on a project that (judging from the music I'm inspired to write for it) might be the bastard child of King Crimson and Portishead. (I'm even learning guitar in order to model the heavier stuff.) And when I find myself up against a brick wall there, I turn to the recording of the next @Fulcrum record, which is about 2/3 done as from February 2010. It's nice to have two projects going at the same time-- I'm never, ever bored.

    My current recording rig is centered around Logic Pro 9, a MOTU Traveler, and an M-Audio Axiom 61 controller. This is also my live rig; the Axiom is soon to be replaced in-studio by a Keystation Pro 88 which hasn't worked since some drunken fuck at a biker bar fell against the USB port that was its power and MIDI brains. It's probably more work to get a good sound working all ITB as I am. Favorite soft synths at the moment are whatever came with Logic, Predator, Circle, Absynth, and Reaktor. My go-to processing plugs include whatever came with Logic and kit from WaveArts, Sonalksis, PSP, and a host of freebies.

    I've been a part of every CAPE so far, and have met many people whom I consider good friends as a result... you know who you are.

    Oh, and I own a kick-start dildo. That may change very soon.
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    I'm Unfcknblvbl.


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    You've wandered into the online audio equivalent of a Black Panther meeting, dressed like a Yuppie golfer, remarking aloud that you wonder if black people really do like fried chicken, watermelon and grape soda.
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    I'm Unfcknblvbl.
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    So am I... But my name is Harley
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    I'm Ditto.
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    To prevent collective vomiting of my fellow forum brothers and sisters I recommend to NOT do a google image search for "Beth Ditto".

    You can thank me later!

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    Gavan, Scottish Irish Dutchman born in Africa.
    Son of a musician , I was warned (by my parents) about getting invovled in all the madness of music but was sent (by my parents) to music lessons from age 6 , go figure.

    In my teenage years I decided to become a DJ and had to plug in a lot of speakers for some dodgy parties . It was good preparation for the day I would walk past a local Jazz club in which the owner was desperatly seeking an AE ,I volunteered. So began my my audio affair which has taken me places I could never have imagined.

    I have a small project studio now but still do odd gigs for
    left of centre jazz and neo-classical shows. Throw in some live recording ,mixing, mastering , a hint of post for TV and a partridge in a pear tree, for a varied and exciting existence.

    Since joining the womb my ears have had a whole lot more to listen to. RRReeespekt.
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    "much silence has mighty noise".
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    I'm Dave. I buy gear using something I discovered recently, called a credit card.

    I'm still trying to figure out what "LCR" means.
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    I'm Dave. I buy gear using something I discovered recently, called a credit card.

    I'm still trying to figure out what "LCR" means.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LCR

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    Ah, now I get it!
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    Thanks a lot - I think that just clicking on that link just got me put on about a dozen government watch lists!




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    100% gauche?


    Why that's me in a nutshell! Sign me up!



    P.S. LCR if it were translated into visual terms would mean, "Looky there! (<) Looky here! (.) Looky there the other way! (>)

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