MARMOR & STEIN

Two More

August 2011

Marmor-Stein

Two more tight mixes from the Marmor&Stein forthcoming album (especially showing Vetal’s exceptional drumwork). It’s gettin’ long and hm-m… excitingly conceptual.

2. Der

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3. Jungfrau

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Cowboy got the Blues

August 2011

A whole other, rawer, grittier, warmer, swampier sound…

Rumblekat

The Epiphone Rumblekat feels more like a slender, small-bodied acoustic guitar with a massive set of cojones. The top and back are slightly arched (this one is an older Korean-made Custom Shop all-transluscent finish and kinda “aged” hardware model), and the semi hollow bodies vibrates with the music in a whole other way, and that feels different as you hold the instrument. Easy to fine-tune different sounds when plugged in, by blending the pickups. Much less forgiving of poor technique as your usual P-thing, but much more rewarding when played cleanly. It has helped a lot to build kinda slick and tight bottom on Steile Treppe recently.

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Anything Goes…

August 2011

Thank Jan ‘BEANFIELD’ Krause severe and irreversible album mixes are finally (with some reservations) done. Well,… Manley is THE shit!

1. Steile Treppe

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Jan&Taran
Jan&Taran1
Jan&Taran2
to be continued…

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Englishmen Do It Better

July 2011

Actually all early European pickups (Hofner / Framus / Hoyer etc..) were built this way…

Rezomatik1

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Talking Dirty

March 2011

Nitty-Gritty

I have it on authority of several US contributors of the correct vintage that a ‘nitty-gritty gator’ once was a ‘lowlife hip dude’ and can assure that in terms of sound (and of course looks) the Danelectro Nifty Fifty (15w rms solid-state amp) is undoubtedly one of those die-hard fellows

Nifty-Fifty-Dirty-Sweet

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Budget Babe

February 2011

Another low-cost little gem…

Cardinal

…being rediscovered during the last recording sessions – Electrovoice Cardinal (Cardioid Capacitor Vocal Mic) is beautifully engineered, impressively stylish, and sounds good to boot. The frequency response of the Cardinal is flatter than that of most large-diaphragm mics, as the presence peak is less pronounced and quite broad, but there’s also a hint of low-end lift at around 70-80Hz, which gives the mic a very subtle ’smile EQ’ characteristic, the practical outcome of which is that the sound is mildly flattering but still very natural sounding. There’s nothing thin or edgy about the sound and, because there’s no excessive inherent coloration, it responds well to EQ — you’re not constantly trying to fight the mic’s in-built character. Of course you don’t get the fudgy warmth of a tube mic or even a transformer-coupled model, but to our ears this makes it easier to place the vocals at the front of a mix without using excessive volume, and there’s certainly nothing budget (except the $199 price tag) or second class about the sound of this little beauty

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NEXT SHOW > tbc

February 2011

There are no shows scheduled at this time due to Taran’s health issues. Please stay in touch (we still do some occassional blogging regarding recordings, odd equipment and the other fun stuff)…

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Es geht Los!

January 2011

Jan

To be continued…

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“It Was a Very Good Year”

December 2010

Sekt

Mikael Tariverdiev: “Dorogi” from the 17 Moments of Spring OST

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Form follows function

December 2010

Seraph

This beautiful piece of all-american handcraft, built upon ingenious and now unfortunately gone Nace M1-7, is called SERAPH. No comment…

Seraph 2×2v6 smokin’

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