Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Suggested Non-Electrical Activities

Storm prep complete, the very last electrical thing I did before Sandy Frankenstorm knocked the power went out Monday afternoon was do a sub-frequency kick drum transducer test at a friend's cottage in the eastern Long Island woods. The winds really hit hard from about 1pm to 7pm. A creepy yellow full moon came out at about 10pm. Tuesday morning, enter chainsaw. Ten to twelve oak trees either snapped at the lower trunk or shedded major limbs on the property, three blocking the driveway exit. Finally getting back home to the studio apartment (further west) late Tuesday, I was happy to see the only thing to deal with was one large oak tree limb that had just missed the apartment, taking out the porch railing and a (already-cracked from stem-to-stern) ceramic chiminea, but not much else. Easy work. I have propane gas heat, flowing (cold) water, and a little bit of hot water left.

There's no stopping an Oak Tree determined to take out a Chiminea
After seeing newspaper accounts of what happened further west on LI, in NYC and NJ, it's obvious that the further east on LI we are, the less we have to complain about this time around. We barely got any rain, and anyone who whines about not having power for X amount of days (or weeks) should go have a peek at the images coming out of Breezy Point, Queens, or Staten Island, or anywhere, it seems, in New Jersey.

UPDATE: Benefit for family of local Montauk woman washed away by storm.

Saw bucket-truck repair crews from North Houston, TX working on downed power lines around here today. Beep and wave at an-out-town crew near you.

Suggested Non-Electrical Activities

1. Meet and help neighbors. Check on friends. Offer water if needed.
2. Repair (missing springs) and tune (using a wrench) an Auto-harp. Scary.
3. Read. Don't lose reading glasses.
4. Early to bed, early to rise.
5. Drive around town, listen to radio, look at damage. Say "wow" often.
6. Cut wood. Lots of it. Stack it. Keep the chain oil flowing.
7. Go look at the boats, beaches, woods. Watch for downed wires.
8. Play an acoustic instrument. Write about the hurricane, but not obviously.
9. Find repair crew that traveled from far away. Thank them.
10. Get hand-cranked radio you where always thinking of buying.
11. Eat all the food. Then clean the 'fridge.
12. Cook up ideas for local disaster relief benefits. Attend existing ones.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Recording During a Hurricane

A few days ago, we did a line-check recording test with the new sub-kick transducer we recently built, and it went well. We were very anxious to do a real-world kick drum test with this thing, and what better time than right now, on a day when a record-setting storm (Sandy) pproaches...

We'll make this blog post quick, before the power goes out:

1. For reference, channel one of the digital I/O accepted the input from an EV RE320, pointed at the sound hole in the front kick drum head.

2. Channel two of the digital I/O accepted the input from the sub-kick, placed about a foot from the front of the kick drum. The sub kick's -20 dB pad was engaged.

Happily, all has gone well. Track one has attack and clarity we want from a kick drum sound (we'd have spent more time with stuffing the kick drum and precision-placing this mic properly, but there was a hurricane coming), and track two has plenty of low-end WHOMP. Just a quick test, and we're lucky it even happened at all today, what with all the power going out everywhere.

On the audio clip of this recording, with RE320 is panned all the way left, and the sub-kick transducer is panned all the way right. Mick Hargreaves

RE320 mic close to kick, Sub Kick is one foot from front head

Top track: RE320; Bottom Track: Sub Kick

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

LSRR Sub-Kick Test a Success...

A peek behind the curtain into how we do things...
At Lantern Sound Recording Rig HQ just now, the new sub-kick transducer (essentially a dynamic microphone) passed the first test with flying colors. With the sub-kick placed about a foot away, an empty lite blue Samsonite suitcase hit on the opposite side with a closed fist generated these waveforms. The transducer was plugged straight into the FA-101 interface mic pre, with gain very low. Top track has -20dB pad engaged, while bottom track has no pad. This thing has a lot of gain, and a very low-ended sound, of course, which is what we're going for. It's designed to add super low end alongside a conventional kick drum microphone setup.

Later this week, we'll get this thing in front of a real kick drum and see what it does. We'll simultaneously record the same kick with an EV RE320, and post some mixed sound files over at the Sound Cloud. MH

The LSRR Sub Kick Transducer is a 12" driver in a 12" wood drum shell.
Track 1 : -20dB pad engaged / Track 2 : -20dB pad disengaged

Monday, October 15, 2012

SETLIST / PHOTO: MH & King Guys, Rodeo Bar NYC 10/6/12

We're inching towards using this blog thing to be the main "update place". Facebookers and Twitterers, you'll see clickable blurbs in your feeds. First up, the setlist from last week's MH & The King Guys SAT 10/6/12 show at the Rodeo Bar, NYC USA. - MH

Sunday, October 14, 2012

POSTERS: 10/19, 10/20, 11/30

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Grey Horse Tavern FRI 10/19
Stephen Talkhouse SAT 10/20

Brickhouse Brewery FR 11/30/12

Monday, October 1, 2012

POSTER: SAT 10/6 10:30pm Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys, Rodeo Bar NYC

Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys SAT 10/6 Rodeo Bar NYC
SAT 10/6 - Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys, Rodeo Bar NYC

Its the "official" unofficial Libra Birthday Celebration at the Rodeo Bar, with one of our favorite Libras.... Chris Mehos, guesting on drums for the evening.


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