He’s Back!

Finally! Mr. Bowie’s back… but actually, he was never gone. Guess he was only trying to keep a low profile. Right now Mr. Bowie’s looking forward to spring and summer, just like the rest of us in this part of the world. He’s right on top of the really important issue: getting the garden ready for new catnip plants! He has become a real expert on harvesting, storing and drying catnip. I wonder if I should give up my career as a musician and get started into the catnip business…

In the next post, we’ll talk about “eastern European gangs of thieves” and how Mr. Bowie deals with it.

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Coolest Jobs in the World

Think about it. Some of the coolest careers also rank among the world’s rarest jobs. In life, we often say cats have the most important job in the world. Except for one of the most popular jobs in the US of A, and probably in some other parts of the world.

Mr. Bowie, a well known studio technician, loves his job. He sets up and adjusts synthesizers, microphones and headsets in recording booths, operates mixers and audio control panels, and advises performers on how to adjust their vocals. Don’t underestimate the value of an excellent studio technician. So I don’t complain when he’s sleeping on the job. On the other hand, I call myself a rock musician and my music is inspired by Kraftwerk, the pre-1980 Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode and Trent Reznor. There must be something wrong with the volume, the tempo or the bass…

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Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

OB-6

How to make a cat and his human happy. A big box from San Fransisco arrived yesterday. Sender: Dave Smith Instruments. Hallelujah! Dave Smith Instruments is an American company based in San Francisco, California which manufactures electronic musical instruments. Inside this box: the OB-6 Desktop, a 6-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer. The OB-6 is a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between the two most influential designers in poly synth history, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. The OB-6 sound engine is inspired by Tom Oberheim’s original SEM, the core of his acclaimed 4-voice and 8- voice synthesizers.

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This is an example of an activity we both enjoy, making music and a studio technician living in a box. Our aim, as I told you before is to rock you, some day soon.

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Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

Play It Loud

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Turn up the volume! Having spent days, it feels great to finally finish mixing a new song. There are many differences between experiencing a track on different speakers. A well produced song should sound great on everything from laptop speakers, cheap small speakers to a high-end hi-fi. I prefer mixing on speakers at low volumes but my studio technician, Mr. Bowie, prefers to hear loud, dynamic music.

Soon we will rock you.

A.I.

Artificial Intelligence? No! Only a new Audio Interface. Mr. Bowie, a respected and world-famous studio technician, told me that the studio needed an audio upgrade. Up to now, a USB connection on the mixer was used to and from the Mac to record and play live sound. The specs promised us CD quality to and from the Mac. Well, we didn’t hear that.

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Mr. Bowie recommended to buy the Apollo Twin Interface from Universal Audio. With its class-leading resolution and Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo Twin sets a new standard for desktop music production. This 2×6 Mac Thunderbolt interface allows you to record with near-zero latency through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — ingeniously merging classic analog tones with cutting-edge features.

Mr. Bowie also told me he needed active studio monitors. He preferred something from Neumann because he liked the shipping boxes. The KH 120 A studio monitor is designed for use as a near-field loudspeaker. The KH 120 A represents the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction possible. It’s perfect for tracking, mixing and mastering in music, broadcast, project and post-production studios.

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One day soon, we will rock you.

Back to Work

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A working studio technician is a happy studio technician. It’s Monday and Mr. Bowie is getting himself back in the groove, after taking some time off on the sofa. Getting great work done isn’t always just about finding a rush of inspiration, it’s also about defining your goals and setting yourself up in a productive work environment.

Mr. Bowie thinks it’s about time to buy a new box with a synth inside. He’s checking out the new Prophet-6, a 6-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with a modern twist.  It’s Dave Smith’s tribute to the poly synth that started it all—the Sequential Prophet-5. But please, Mr. Bowie, I told you before, you must keep an eye on the studio budget. A studio technician usually performs this routine task. Get back to work, Mr. Bowie!

Sofa Part 2

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How do you know when you’re ready to go back to work after your time off? Going back to work can be stressful. Are you really ready, Mr. Bowie? I’m laying down the tracks of a new song. Issues of timing, dynamic, pitch and tone need a critical ear.

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