Nov 102011
 

Well, the Frugal Audio guy has been out of service for a bit due to health problems.  Hoping to be back at work by December but that depends both on how I feel and what the doctors will allow.

Still, the last few months haven’t been without activity.  Shows at the local venue included Gordon Lightfoot, Soul AsylumStarship, Rare Earth, Martina McBride, John McDermott, Jeff Foxworthy and more.  In addition, covering for an injured coworker kept me pretty busy over the summer with general operations and maintenance too.  Also had some factory training on the Biamp Vocia system that’s being installed to handle paging & background music throughout the venue.  The main room is getting a new L-Acoustics Kudo PA that I’m looking forward to working with when I get back.

Thanks to Audio Images for throwing a few extra days of work my way this summer.  First at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls and then at Kingdom Bound Festival.  It had been many years since I last worked a major Christian festival.  It was interesting to see what things have changed and what hasn’t.  Also fun to see which artists and crew remembered me from years past.  Got to catch up with a few old friends and made a couple new ones too.

The Frugal Studio is undergoing yet another software upgrade.  Though it was only this past spring that I upgraded to Sony Vegas Pro 10, I decided to pony up and move right into version 11.  They bundled it with some extra software and made the upgrade price pretty attractive.  However, this also necessitated a move to Windows 7 64 bit.  So far all the software installation, including dual boot with the old XP setup, has gone pretty well.  Hardware upgrades will have to wait a while.  but fortunately I don’t tax the system too heavily.  I have added a total of 5TB of storage to the studio in the past six months.  So, for the moment, there’s plenty of room for new work and to organize and backup older material.

Lastly, just this week I had the chance to get out and visit with the old boss, John Michael Talbot.  In nearly ten years together on the road, we never played a date here in my hometown.  Yet, JMT was able to book a few multi-day parish missions in my area this trip.  We spent some time catching up and I stayed for the first part of the evening.  It’s a much scaled down version of our previous tours.  John Michael’s carrying a small Bose PA with no lighting.  He, Viola and helper Peggy are traveling by minivan, no bus.  It’s great to see them going at it and doing what God asks of them even in these most difficult times.  Surprisingly, that little Bose PA doesn’t sound bad at all either!  Things like that might just put guys like me out of business!

More updates will come as I have new info and the time to post.  As always, if I can be of any help to any of my readers be it live event production, studio production, install design or anything else- please just drop me a line or give me a call.

Feb 022011
 

Well, fortunately it hasn’t been too slow a winter for the Frugal Audio Guy.  Completed installation and testing of the Midas Pro3 consoles in the small room at the local venue.  Followed by two New Year’s Eve shows with Eddie Money and a New Year’s Day show with Little Feat.  Still sussing out a gain structure issue when feeding the Crown I-Tech amp rack from the Midas desk via digital.  Adjusting the digital input trim on the Crowns seems to have it licked but we shall see over time.

Shot some video of a great seminar with friend and Buffalo legend Jim Wynne not too long ago.  Hoping to get that edited an online soon.  Part of that process is a storage upgrade to the main computer in the Frugal Studio.  2TB RAID10 array is initializing right now.    Also worked a crew call for repeat client Break The Floor Productions.    Thanks to them for the repeat business and to the easy going crew of Nuvo.

Looks like I have a couple of good events booked for the coming year.  But, I’d love to fill the calendar out with more touring and convention work.  If you need a Frugal hand, please drop me a line.

 February 2, 2011  Posted by at 7:13 pm Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Dec 222010
 

Been pretty busy locally.  A billiard tournament, show with Paula Cole, and seven shows with Frankie Avalon.  Now in the big push to get things ready in the small room before New Years Eve.  Floor stripped and painted, new Midas consoles.  Details and pictures soon.

 December 22, 2010  Posted by at 12:05 am Tagged with: , , , , ,
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 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: , , , , , , ,