Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Show: Part 2 with Mix Tech Editor Kevin Becka

By Tim Dolbear
www.timdolbear.com

Sound Experience with Tim Dolbear, Special Guest, Kevin Becka from the Blackbird Academy and MIX Magazine. We continue our conversation about HD Audio, cool new gear and trends in manufacturing.



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Coming up in September we have some amazing engineers lined up. We will be diving into LP production and getting a production ready for the Lathe. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Show - Sound Experience with Tim Dolbear; All about HD audio with Special Guest Joe Palmaccio.


By Tim Dolbear
www.timdolbear.com


The HD audio Special.

Sound Experience with Tim Dolbear, Special Guest, 4 time Grammy award winning engineer, Joe Palmaccio from The Place... For Mastering In Nashville.


From basics about file types to Sample Rate Conversions and real life workflows... This is the show to learn all about HD audio.

Download or Stream HERE


Links refereed to in the show:

Real Life test with wave files

Part 2 of real life use:

Part 3 Of real life use, SRC and Saracon



Next time on Sound Experience, join us for Part 2 of our conversation with MIX magazine Tech editor Kevin Becka!




Mixing to tape vs not... A listening test.

By Tim Dolbear
www.timdolbear.com

I promised some test files of mixing to tape.

Here is a song, NOT MIXED, just a fader up/ruff mix of the session, no plugs other than some verb in the AUX. This is a song I am tracking/producing for Paul Martinez called "The Little Things"

Test files; 44.1k 24bit. Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) was done with Saracon. Tape is ATR Master Tape at 15IPS. Session is at 96k.

1. No tape = The ruff mix leaves Sequoia, Mytek D/A feeding a Great River EQ-2NV, into our Manley ME VaribleMu the captured back to Sequoia at 96k using an Apogee A/D.

2. Tape Clean =  The ruff mix is leaves Sequoia, Mytek D/A feeding a Great River EQ-2NV, into our Manley ME VaribleMu then to the MCI JH110B and captured back to Sequoia at 96k.  Levels are set very cleanly, Less tape compression and saturation happens as a result.

3. Tape-Pushed = Same routing as Tape Clean but hitting the tape +3db harder.


http://www.timdolbear.com/audio/Tape-Test-TimDolbear.zip

Info about level:
The Taped Pushed version is louder RMS of course, but no peak overs.  In fact I can feed it a normal level and have the A/D peaking at about -4db, And then bring up the Feed to the tape machine 6 db and the peak after tape never goes above -1db at the A/D, no overs.

RMS comes up, tape compression comes up, the Limiting the tape imposes kicks in and makes it so I bring it up +20db on input and not have overs at the A/D.  Very cool!  So notice the peaks and not just the RMS. But really its about the over all sound. thats it.

All in/out levels on the machine are Calibrated to 0VU/-16DB digital. The input feed to the tape machine is handled by the Mastering edition Manley Vari-Mu that is Stepped in DBs so recall on a mix is possible

Remember the best way to compare these files is to load the 3 wav files in to your DAW on separate tracks and Solo the one you want to hear. Its a good way to go back and forth to compare. In Samplitude/Sequoia you can mute tracks 2 and 3, and while track 1 plays, if you solo either 2 or 3, it switches instantly to the solo'd track.

Enjoy and post your comments!




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Show! Sound Experience with Tim Dolbear, special guest Erik Zobler

By Tim Dolbear
www.timdolbear.com




This week's show, Tim' talks with Erik Zobler about his history, workflow and wear all the hats.  Available now for streaming or download:



HERE



August 22nd, part 2 with MIX magazine Tech editor and professor at The Blaird Academy, Kevin Becka.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New Episode: Sound Experience with Tim Dolbear - this week part 2 with studio guru Craig Anderton

By Tim Dolbear
www.timdolbear.com




This week's show, in Part 2, Tim' talks with Craig Anderton about workflow and mixing.  Available now for streaming or download:

HERE





Aug 8th we have on producer and engineer for Jeffery Osborne, Greorge Duke, Miles Davis, Anita Baker and many others, Mr Erik Zobler

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New show! Sound Experience with Tim Dolbear, Special guest Mix Magazine Tech Editor Kevin Becka.

By Tim Dolbear
www.timdolbear.com




This week's show, Tim' talks with Mix Magazine Editor and Professor at The Blackbird Academy, Kevin Becka. We talk about his role and wearing many hats, and about new equipment coming out.  Available now for streaming or download:

HERE







Aug 8th we have on producer and engineer for Jeffery Osborne, Greorge Duke, Miles Davis, Anita Baker and many others, Mr Erik Zobler

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Part 6: MCI JH110B Rebuild - Done! Time for the rap-up!

By Tim Dolbear
www.timdolbear.com


It's Done!   Long road, but it's done and sounds amazing! Mixes sound like a record! I am totally sold on mixing to Analog tape.

Doing the final setup with the MRL was a challenge, not the normal alignment part but I had to setup everything such as erase depth, Rec Lin, Bias Freq... So it was an all day and evening thing... But Its now done and running amazingly.

Total cost... (not to mention the hours spent)
$2438.59 (original unit w/shipping was $749)

Thanks for following along. Here is links to all the installments.

The Adventure Begins

Part 1 Rebuild the rack and replace all the IC sockets...

Part 2 Re-assembly

Part 3 Rebuilding all the Molex Connectors.

Part 4 We Got Sound!

Part 4 Smoke in the studio!

Part 5 The final Stretch!