Monday, 21 July 2014

Transformers Age Of Extinction and its impacts






My wife surprised me with a Germany release screening ticket for the latest Transformers output (always later then the international release) . Vice has been marking it as "the new high gloss trash" and I have to agree, but thats what makes it so amazing!
Behind the trash factor there is a lot more to this movie, an endless list of references from Goranger and Megazords over Gojira to Neon Genesis evangelion and other mecha culture stuff, there is even a nod to tentacle porn as the girl encounters the alien in the cage (I don't even remember any names of the human protagonists.) :P. All in all great, I was entertained and hooked. But seriously, don´t try to start thinking or all magic wears off. And also, as always if you think about transformers, don't try to search for creativity as the references listed above might as well be interpreted as lack of the latter. But since I got brainwashed to be a transformers fan as a kid and since I am big fan of remix and clash culture this still won't spoil the fun for me :D

Now, there was something else that caught my attention: The impact. Not the Impact of the movies actually, but rather the impacts in the Movie.
The frequency range by the majority of the impacts is more in the mids and upper lows rather then in the deep end.

It also seems to be an evolution: Transformers 1 introduced dancefloor style sounds in order to illustrate all kinds of events, most remarkably the transformations themselves.



But if you compare the trailers, impacts where pretty classic, bass heavy events with debris sparkle on top.


Wheras in age of extinction, the whole event choice and mix go even further into a dancefloor range. It makes sense, considering the popularity of EDM these days.


Listeners are used to be exposed to these kind of mixes over a long period of time.
It also makes sense on the drama level, while effectively illustrating the impact it leaves space for rumble if needed.

It will be interesting to see how this evolves across movies in the future.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Time for the bi annual update of my blog :P
Time flies!
Studio time? none!
who cares!
I can at least look at pics of my setup from time to time, and so should you:



Been moving house again since the last update because the landlord turned out to be a neo nazi asshole of a lawyer plus the house was humid. Sending out a big fuck you to that guy!
The new place has way more positive vibes about it, it is great.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Color of Bass

No worries, the sound was off.

Yesterday I listened to some good old dance stuff like Technical Itch, Panacea, Matrix and Fierce and also some brand new stuff like Felix Bernhardt. It struck me how much influence the dawn of synthesizers over the last century really had on the way we perceive music. Sound color has got the same importance and recognizability as melody and rhythm.
Let me make my point: Most dancefloor tracks are stripped down to rythm and bass, with a sprinkle of melody. But often they are just layers of sound and one of the things that makes a good track stand out is the recognizability of those sounds. Dance production turns into pressure design ;)


Monday, 6 May 2013

Back in Germany

Got hired by a leading music soft and hardware company and moved back to Germany as soon as my second daughter saw the light of day. This also means that I had to box the studio again. Will post pictures of the 5.3 setup as soon as I am done ;) in the meantime I am a happy dad again and look forward to my new job. Thanks to my fantastic family!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Studio Setup Progress

Second desk has been cleaned up, its main purpose is having a space for experimentation and plug other stuff in.


The Laptop, running windows and linux as dual boot is wired to a mixer through an old Edirol UA 25 ( I must have that thing for almost 10 years now... when where these interfaces released?). This is for monitoring purpose only and might be replaced later by some audio over ethernet since both computers are directly connected through an ethernet cable with 1gb network. This should be enough bandwith to do midi syncing and quickly transfer files. The cable network is also on a different broadcast domain then then the wireless. RTP midi is already up and running great.

The mixer is connected to the main interface of my mac (Profire 2626)

Since the rack slot is on the right side of my main desk I can keep my headphones (ATH-M40/s) on wherever I move infront of these two desks :D

Under the desk are my material boxes with cables and some not so often used equipment. 



Stuff I might need more often has been moved into some drawers for quick access and connect to the mixer.




Oh, and before I forget: this has been rounding of the setup. I was looking everywhere to find it after moving house. Of course it has been in the least expexted box... no more unplugging the studio from the wall, just click :D










Thursday, 24 January 2013

Finally, home studio taking shape :D

This means I gonna make some sound soon :D

Power supplies

Mephisto is annoyed about yet another change

I was hoping to avoid that kind of mess by using cable strips. Once I can afford it I will cut the length and solder the plugs back on.

This looks actually almost as tidy as I expected :D

taking shape

Main workspace

Secondary table is still a mess though, but this will be fixed soon !

Time to go to sleep, just one more sound ... zZzZZZ*-_-


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Power Supply

Last night I finally got arround to start wiring th Studio. As I want to separate power, audio and data networks as much as possible I thought it might be a good Idea to start with the power cables since they are most unlikely to change once plugged in.

There is one thing european island folks have to deal with: different plug standards :/


I Always wonder weather this has an effect on audio at all. In any place I lived so far I never heard or measured anything in my audio signals, so I assume not. Gotta research that. Since I only have one Phase in this house there is little I can do about power and sound. If anyone has tips or advice please comment.