Oct 292010
 

So the local venue has kept me pretty busy of late.  I’ve been working full time on an install project in the small room.  Basically installing more permanent cabling and patch points for audio (analog & digital), com, lighting control, and data.  This along with some acoustic treatment, new soft goods,  and a dimmer rewire project all in preparation for a gear upgrade.  Right now the room gets a Midas XL8 and a Crest X-Monitor for most shows.  The upgrade (if it comes through) will include new FOH & Monitor consoles and a whole new monitor rig.

I’ve been working this room a lot.  Usually at FOH but occasionally I drift back into monitor land for a show.  Though most acts come through with their own FOH guys (no gals yet;-)  I’ve mixed a few myself.  Among them Joan Osborne and Jon Anderson.

At the XL8 in the small room

Rhythm Devils in the small room.

Hiroshima in the small room.

 October 29, 2010  Posted by at 11:08 pm Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Oct 222010
 

So QSC is partering with Greg Mackie’s new venture to design digital consoles?  Oh joy.  I may be proved wrong but Pat Quilter just lost a couple respect points with me.  Really,  has Mr. Mackie designed anything that could be called anything positive (except possibly affordable) in the last twenty years?  Sure, the old Tapco 8000 series stuff was ok.  But it wasn’t anything to write home about.  Since then Mackie’s designs could be called odd, impractical and occasionally flat out cheap.  Of course opinions vary.

Press release here.

 October 22, 2010  Posted by at 3:05 pm Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 102010
 

So while things were slower than usual in the past year or so there have been some interesting things happening in Frugal Land.

At Frugal Control I’ve had a few projects come through.  Late in ’09 I did some interesting dialog cleanup for a documentary on 9/11.  I also provided mastering services for the second album from  Kamikaze LTD, After Radio.  I mixed a track on this one too.  Bonus points to anyone who figures out which one.  Kamikaze is made up of friends and alumni I know from both City Honors and Binghamton University, as well as noted buffalo Bassist Jim Wynne.  I’ve functioned as something of a technical adviser since they began.

That was followed with a release concert for After Radio held at Buffalo’s Alt Theatre.  I handled lighting along with shooting some still and moving pictures.  Also did some authoring work to prep Jim Siniscalchi’s video for projection.

Summer of 2010 also included my 9th annual trip trip to work the COGIC AIM Convention, this year in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Then after a lot of bureaucratic hassle I signed on as part of the crew at a local venue.  I’ve decide not to name the venue here for a host of reasons but I’ll talk about some of the shows as I go along.  Many of the artists are great (some not so much).  The crew is decent and there’s some great gear too.

 October 10, 2010  Posted by at 1:03 am Tagged with: , , , , , , ,