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 …
ad a great session last week at Nutmeg Post. The session was a pick up for a spot that I recorded two summers ago. It’s an internal video for YouTube that’s running on the Google campus. So I’ve never been able to actually see it. Some of the info in the spot has changed in the past 1.5 years, so I went in to re record some of the lines that changed. It was my first session in NYC and was awesome to be back in the studio. Such a good feeling. So much fun. Laying it down and jiving with the client. This one was through ISDN: Integrated Services Digital Network, which is a technological infrastructure that lets you transmit voice and data at once. So that the client and talent can be on opposite sides of the country, and the client can hear what the talent sounds like through the mic and communicate with them in real time. So I get set up by John, the engineer at Nutmeg – cool guy, works on making mash ups in his spare time, like Depeche Mode vs Nine Inch Nails – and then get connected with everyone else over in …
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”
oicing this spot was so much fun. First off, Sonic Zen Records, where we recorded 2 of the 3 sessions, is super laid back and Charlie Wilson, the engineer and owner, is super chill. Even when he has to catch a plane to Seattle right after a session, he’s on point. The direction from Jane Morgan and Aaron Barry from Studio B Films was incredible. They rocked. They’re the reason this spot is where it is. Which is to say: they’re why it’s dope. This one spanned 3 separate sessions. So there was a lot of time to refine. By the third session, I was in the pocket before I got in the booth.
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