Blue Baby Bottle, Baby

t was time to fatify and robusticate. To infuse that extra heft to my vocal fidelity. It’s common for people to be shocked or embarrassed when they hear their voice played back to them. They cringe and say, “that’s what I sound like?” I had the same reaction when I heard my voice through this new mic: “That’s what I sound like?!?!” Except for me, with the Blue Baby Bottle, it wasn’t in horror, it was in satisfaction. Sometimes the word ‘Microphone’ makes me think of the French word for Microwave: ‘Micro-ondes.’ Just Me? Whenever I upgrade equipment, I’m reminded of how awesome it is to upgrade equipment. When I was drumming in a band (I played with these guys), I remember distinctly how each individual upgrade contributed to a more enjoyable style of play. When I got a new kick pedal, I could play better with my feet and it opened up a new way of playing. Ditto getting a new hi hat stand. A new ride cymbal changed the way I played. Same with new hi hat cymbals and drum heads. Every piece of new equipment was like a new injection of life into the quality of my sound …

Alex HerslerBlue Baby Bottle, Baby

The 15,000 Word eLearning Project and Allergic Rhinitis: A Comedy in Three Acts.

he timing of this gig was hilarious. Allergy season. My roommate and I were driving through Redhook a day or so before the job was going to start, and the air was filled with tufts of white blooms floating along in pleasant magic. The world had just let loose the largest amount of pollen it would all year. And I’ve got hayfever (allergic rhinitis) like nobody’s business. It’s bad. And once it hits, it lingers. Everything from the neck up pulses congested and the inside of my face itches. I like to say: “I’m not allergic to dogs, I’m just allergic to earth.” So I’m a wreck the first day I head into my booth to do this. Sneezy, nasally, hitting m’s with my entire head. In order to do this project, I came up with a daily regimen of Benadryl, sudafed and neo-synephrine. I’m also no stranger to the put-your-face-in-front-of-a-steaming-kettle technique. Neo-synephrine is actually a tool I’m going to keep on hand all the time. It’s a nasal spray that instantly and effectively clears up congestion. It’s a perfect solution if you’re heading into the booth and are little stuffed up and sounding nasally. But use it sparingly. If …

Alex HerslerThe 15,000 Word eLearning Project and Allergic Rhinitis: A Comedy in Three Acts.

Beats Music IVR

am excited to announce that I voice the IVR system for the new Beats Music App. The app officially launches on January 21st, and is getting a lot of good press right now. It’s a new music streaming service aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify and Rhapsody, but with playlists curated by folks in the music business. Helmed by Dr. Dre, Jimmy lovine and Trent Reznor (I’m a big Trent Reznor fan), I’ve got a good feeling about it. And they’ve got me on the back end of their IVR system, so if you ever call their 800-number, that’s me. I had a blast at the recording session with Mikael Johnston, a billboard top ten charting producer, having worked on tracks from The Crystal Method, Lily Allen and Enrique Iglesias. You can check out the IVR by calling the Beats Support Center at 1-800-442-4000. When prompted by the first dude, press “2”

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