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A Fear of Flyers

An Assorted Gallery of Vintage Punk, Hardcore, and New Wave Flyers and Leaflets

Now being added… Posters of the Plasmatics, Black Flag, Stimulators, Nina Hagen, CBGB, Shaboo, False Prophets, Warzone, TSOL, Club 57, White Pigs, Left Bank, Max’s Kansas City, and more.

The Reducers

Alembic F-2B Inspired Preamp Clone

I’ve always wanted one of these so I built one.

Until then, I never realized how great sounding and versatile this amp is. It’s now a studio staple. We use it for everything; bass, guitar, organ, DI.

In many ways, it’s the sound of rock and roll. It’s Bootsy Collins, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, David Gilmour, and Stanley Clarke in a box.

The circuit for this preamp has been around forever...

Leslie 825 9-Pin Connector Wiring With Motor Controller Switching and External Preamp Input

This setup can easily be mounted in a 1590B Hammond box  with IEC connections for power, a 1/4″ TS audio input, and even a TRS jack for a remote footswitch.

Don’t forget the fuse in your build! The main Motor switch on the schematic is optional but could be useful if you want to use the Leslie without rotation otherwise the Leslie will always spin.

The 9-pin connector we used came from our stock...

MTI Rotophaser with Footswitch Schematics and Images

The MTI Rotophaser is a rotating tremolo horn speaker system made in Italy in the 1970s. It is similar to the top half of a Leslie cabinet.

These are somewhat uncommon to find and often the footswitch has been lost or damaged.

Since the Rotophaser won’t work without the foot switch and its tangle of cable,

I’ve drawn up some schematics for the MTI Rotophaser footswitch and posted them on this page...

Curious Voodoo – The Subkick Microphone

The original intent of this article was to provide some sort of comparison between a simple DIY sub-kick, the more elaborate commercial designs and the over-blown DIY sub-kick designs found floating around the internet. That didn’t quite happen.

Since the sub-kick has become an indispensable tool in the studio, I was curious to compare my simplistic, cost-effective approach with the more expensive...

Battle of the Bandwagons – Analog Vs. Digital

Digital audio is brutally clean. Even though it can be sterile and lack character, I think that’s a good thing. Tonal character should not be a byproduct of the recording process. It should be something employed as a tool to define a desired sound when, and only when, it is desired. With the limitations of analog technology, control of the underlying tone is finite...

Transferring Session Files – Studio to Studio

Remote Sessions and Transferring Session Files from Studio to Studio
Q: I’m planning on adding vocal tracks to my beats. What’s the best way of going about it?
Q: I’d like to add another guitar track to my song but I recorded at a different studio…
Q: I want to remix my song without all that reverb…
Q: I want to master my song, but certain elements just don’t fit in the mix no matter what I do…

Dealing with Click Track Bleed

Cheap and Easy Tip of the Day:

A significant amount of click track bleed from the headphones can ruin a take. Use a cheap pair of earbuds or in-ear monitors along with some ear muff hearing protectors. Any bleed will be completely isolated.

Great for recording acoustic instruments, especially singer/songwriters, where bleed normally a concern, this technique also provides exceptional isolation fro...