Archive for April, 2012

Crooks Ranch – Our hideout

// April 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Blog, News, Personal Stories, Photos

The Oregon coast still has vast stretches of relatively unspoiled beauty.  May it ever be so.


This is very near the Pistol River area.  Wide open beaches like this, and lush pasture land inland.

Attention fellow Gearheads: The Studio at the moment

// April 30th, 2012 // No Comments » // Blog, Music, Updates

The truth is that music making toys hold a powerful Scientistallure over many of us musicians. While I have managed to relax my addictive state of mind some over the years, I remain fascinated with noise making devices, the software, and audio hardware that are the paint, canvas, and brushes of my work.

Here is my current setup:

Apple Power Mac 8 core with UAD Quad DSP card

Mac Powerbook with dual Intel processors.

Hardware synths:
Oberheim Matrix 12, Yamaha FS1R, Waldorf Blofeld, Access Virus Snow, and Roland XV-88

and my new passion, analog modular – Eurorack format.

Outboard equipment:

api 3124 mic-pre/mixer

Avalon VT-747SP Stereo compressor/eq

Aphex 109 tube eq

Eventide Orville

Lexicon PCM 80

Main software:

Logic 9, Abelton Live 8, Reason 6, Melodyne, Sibelius, Metasynth, Izotope, UAD plugins,

Arturia virtual synths (Moog Modular, Arp 2600, Roland Jupiter 8), and more!

BFD2 real drums, Huge library of East/West orchestral and world sounds, Supreme Beats, Albion Orchestra, and lot’s more!

Piano:  Kawai K-8 52 inch upright

Guitars:  Breedlove acoustic and Schecter electrics.

Newest addition:  a rare 4 reed Bina harmonium.