Furman M-8×2

On more than one occasion I’ve heard what sounded like a radio broadcast over my headphones in between recordings. It’s pretty amazing what seems capable of traveling through your home electrical wiring. So, aside from the important circuit breaker aspect, that is why I added a power conditioner to my rack.

This device handles 15 amps of power shared between 8 switched outlets on the back and one on the front. It’s supposed to help protect my gear by keeping the electrical flow from damaging fluctuations with its cleaner power. Additionally, power strips largely only temporarily handle some of a surge while still letting power get into your gear. This, on the other hand, has a resettable circuit breaker that trips and gives a better chance of protecting that expensive gear from damage.

I’d much rather replace this $80 device than any single piece of gear.

This power conditioner takes up 1U of rack space, so it’s easy to fit in at the top of any standard rack.

Everything in my office/control room now runs through the power conditioner, without any strain on the amp capacity.

TASCAM Series 8p Dyna

In the Fall of 2020 I began using the Series 102i, which has two combo XLR/TRS inputs, as the main audio interface on my main tower computer. I just recently connected it to TASCAM’s Series 8p Dyna; I was able to add 8 more combo XLR/TRS (balanced) inputs to the 102i.

The Series 8p Dyna features per-input analogue compression. Just like on the Series 102i the first two inputs are on the front of the box, which has proven to be a major convenience. This now gives me four (4) instrument (such as electric guitar) inputs between the two devices.

It took an optical cable to connect the two units. The TASCAM driver software treats them as one device with ten inputs. This has been working perfectly in Studio One.

As with the Series 102i, the Series 8p Dyna included a promotion for both the TASCAM TM-80 large-diaphragm condenser mic and TH-02 closed back studio headphones free.

This promotional video from TASCAM features the Series 102i and Series 8p Dyna as well as the 102i‘s bigger sibling, the Series 208i audio interface.

Vertigo

I laid down a drum track with Strike® the other day. Then, yesterday, I sat down and created a few more layers of audio. The track now includes bass and electric guitar, and a synthesizer track.

The synth is powered by the Revolta 2 virtual synthethizer within MAGIX Music Maker. The electric guitar was played using Strum Session 2 from Applied Acoustic Systems. I don’t remember who made the bass guitar virtual instrument.

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TASCAM Series 102i

To make it easier to use microphones on my iPad, this USB audio interface was a great choice! It offers two combo XLR/TRS inputs on the front. The back adds eight (8) more inputs that I won’t likely use, but are great additions for the price.

This device came with a rebate for a free pair of TASCAM TH-02 headphones AND a free TASCAM TM-80 microphone. The headphones are what I was already using in the studio, so I now have a pair for someone who joins me in the control room. The microphone is now being used for vocals in the booth.

I often use this interface with my iPad to run vocals through effects available in Garage Band. I usually then send the modified vocals to the TASCAM Model 16 mixer if I’m not instead trying to figure it out on the tablet.

Some Recording Progress

Since I got started with this hobby (back in early December) I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time toying with that Tascam Model 16 mixer. I feel like it took me longer than I think it should have for me to figure how to get it to send sound to and from my DAW applications, but now it’s helping me have some real fun. A few months ago I started recording music for some friends — most notably two different but equally excellent guitarists — and I believe I’m starting to get the hang of this.

I’ve had some fun recording my friend Smokin’ Joe Rodak in my home studio. I put together a page highlighting his albums, the last of which I lent a hand with compiling and some of the producing.

Tascam Model 16

As pretty as the Allen & Heath ZED24 mixer clearly is, I had arranged for its return before it even arrived. The mixer would be amazing if it was going to be used for live venues where a simple left and right track would suffice.

In its place I’ve gone and ordered a Tascam Model 16. While the ZED24 comes with 8 more inputs, the Model 16 has some of what the Zed24 is missing. With it, I can get a stereo mix as well as 14 individual audio tracks all simultaneously pumped into the DAC. It also features a Bluetooth input (it could come in handy) and an SD card slot to record without connecting to a computer.

The ZED24 is a mixer. The Model 16 is a mixer, an audio interface, and a recorder all in one. I’m a little disappointed that the distinction wasn’t clear enough before I made the initial purchase. Fortunately the vendor made the exchange easy and rather painless.

Trying Out a Mixer

As the studio continues to take shape, it’s come time to start looking at mixers.

The ability to mix sound from numerous sources definitely fits in with what we want to do. Tomorrow we take delivery of an Allen & Heath ZED24, which is a 24 channel multipurpose mixer with USB.

The ability to connect with a PC based DAW is extremely important. While this mixer is great for live performances, we want to mix in the studio environment.

Something I discovered late in my research has to do with limitations of the USB feature. This board sends a left and right audio stream of the mixed inputs. It seems some of these mixers are capable of sending every input as a separate track into the DAW, but this one may not.

We shall see.

It Sounds Good to Me

This site is a personal hobby that intends to focus on the creation and performance of sound.

What does that mean to me?

For Musicians

  • Interviews and profiles of local artists and bands.
  • Reviews and recommendations of albums and songs.
  • Stories and reviews of concerts and performances.
  • Home studio audio recording and mixing.

For Comedians

  • Interviews and profiles of local comedians.
  • Reviews and recommendations of albums and tracks.
  • Stories and reviews of shows and performances.
  • Home bar small audience performance recording and mixing.

For Poets

  • Interviews and profiles of local poets.
  • Stories and reviews of shows and performances.
  • Home bar small audience performance recording and mixing.
  • Solo studio performance recording and mixing.

For Readers

  • You may learn about a local artist of whom you weren’t previously aware.
  • I may post about my experiences with learning the technology, which could benefit your own learning experience.
  • You may enjoy some of what I help produce in the studio or at my home bar.

This site is intended to represent my home studio, which I’ve affectionately named “goodsoundwaves”.

As for the name, it’s a pretty simple story. Over twenty years ago my big brother made me a mix tape when I was going through a really difficult time. He entitled it “Good Sounding Sound Waves”. That was a bit wordy for a domain name, so “goodsoundwaves” was born.

If I’m able to provide additional exposure to local talent, and I manage to gain experience with my home studio, I will consider this a success.

EDIT: Then the coronavirus came. Now I mostly just record myself.