Well...so it's already over a week in, but it's the idea of a new year that counts...right? 2014 was filled with dandy recording and great touring, courtesy of my ol' pal Ben, among a lot of other great jams. 2015 is already filling up the books, with some new records in the works, and plenty more traveling and rocking to come. Check out the tour page, and stay tuned here. May you all stay happy...
Monitor mix action shot! Eastern Kentucky University has built a lovely new performing arts center, which Ben and I performed at a few nights ago. Amazing facility, crew, and crowd. Kentucky is still going strong...
I've been off of the road for a second and have been working on mixing a couple of projects. Often, things are rushed (as is the music/film industry in general) when I get asked to mix a project, and I don't have a lot of time to fuss around with new gear in my setup. However, I've had some extra time on these last projects to mess with a couple of new plugins (to me, at least), and I'd like to mention my new favorites here.
1. ValhallaRoom by Valhalla DSP - valhalladsp.com
ValhallaRoom is a stereo algorithmic reverb, as are many other plugins and hardware boxes... I've always preferred convolution reverbs working in the box, as they sound more natural and spacious to my ear than most of the algo verb plugins. ValhallaRoom has changed that for me. I don't care what type of programming and whatever went into the design of this reverb....it sounds incredible. There are rooms, plates, halls, gated stuff, etc, etc, an extremely easy user interface, low dsp taxation, great presets, and, most importantly, a deep and extremely musical sound on almost any setting that has made it my favorite verb plugin so far. Best of all, it's only $50. Check it out...
2. UBK-1 Movement Generator by Kush Audio - thehouseofkush.com
Gregory Scott, the man responsible for Kush Audio, has made analog goodness happen in the digital world. This is a saturation/compression plugin that is based on his popular UBK Fatso hardware unit. I would go into detail, but Gregory has put up a a series of videos that explain it better than I ever could. They're here: http://www.thehouseofkush.com/#!ubk-videos/cwaa I've heard and used a lot of the "best" compressor plugins, and most of them seem to be a poor and life-sucking comparison to the better hardware compressors that I've used. The UBK-1 is waaaaay different.
I'm still hacking away, and there is more to come here, but check out these two if you haven't already. Trust me....they're great!
Napa Valley seems like a dreamland...perfect weather, farms, great food, and on this past weekend, great music. We played at the BottleRock festival, and it was a dandy time. Lot's of good music there, but my personal favs. to watch were Outkast, Heart, Weezer, and Matisyahu....not my typical listening choice, but these guys all killed it....and Andre 3000 is a very nice man.