Using Terminal for reading ISRC on a Mac

1 01 2015

Today I needed to check out the ISRC on a Final Master CD before sending it to the master plant.
Here is the trick:
Insert the CD. Launch the “terminal” in applications.
To read ISRC codes, type: drutil subchannel
Here we go!

For CD text, in terminal just type: drutil cdtext

Re-amping With A Passive DI-Box

12 04 2013

Re-amping and it’s benefits

Re-amping is the process of recording the pure signal from instruments like bass or guitar into the DAW and then send this signal to stomp boxes and/or amps.
This turns your guitar amp or guitar rack into a real life plug-in.
And it could save you time and money once the final mix-down has started and you find out that you are not happy with the guitar sound recorded previously.
Instead of playing the same parts over and over again, until the sound is as you want it for the mix, you could record your guitars quietly into the DAW. Once everything is played to your satisfaction, you just blast it out to the real world and make it fit to your mix.
Another benefit for home recordists is, that loud guitar parts could be cut any time during the night and re-recorded with full amp sound while your neighbors went to their jobs. Or go to a professional recording studio an do it there.

Some might say that it feels odd to play for e.g. heavy metal riffs with the direct guitar sound.
No doubt – it would so. In this case the help of a guitar plug-in in your DAW or a POD PRO by Line6 would be the solution. Plus you should record the emulated sound parallel to the raw signal for the feel of it, while working on other tracks of your song.
Once I had to play the guide tracks for 12 songs of mine, with a boring click (THX Kai), before the drummer came in and I did it with the unworked sound of the guitar – which was a real pain in the A.

Hear one of the songs on Soundcloud exclusively for my blog readers

In Our Hearts

How to
Since passive pick-ups supply an unbalanced load with high impedance, a Passive DI (Direct Injection Box) is needed to match the low impedance, balanced line-level input of your DAW.
The advantages of a passive DI’s is that there’s no need for supply voltage as the DI’s galvanic isolation avoids hum and other unwanted noises in your signal.

Make a long story short here’s how to do it.
Guitar → Passive DI in Unbalanced 47 kΩ → 600 Ω Balanced Out → DAW
Use of the same Passive DI vice versa
DAW out → Passive DI 600 Ω Balanced Out → Unbalanced 47 kΩ → (Stomp Boxes) → Guitar Amp

Now, all you have to do is to mic the guitar cabinet and re-record the new sound to your DAW.
It’s easy like that and saves someone’s money on specialized re-amping boxes.


Are You Gay?

Listen to ´Are You Gay?’ in this song all guitars are recorded this way, sending the pure tone to real Marshall’s.

Go Panic! Album

Also check ´Waking Up` by Go Panic! another production of mine. Here I sent the piano in the Choruses and the Break Down to a distorted Marshall Amp.

Have fun with experimenting!

Sincerly yours

Andrew Cane

Dynamics and quality win the Loudness Wars

13 09 2009

Guns ‘N Roses:
Dynamics and quality win the Loudness Wars

from Bob Ludwig:

On Sunday, November 23rd the new Guns ‘N Roses record Chinese Democracy was finally released after many years of waiting and many millions spent making it. 14 different recording studios are credited. I was thrilled to have been chosen to master the album.

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The Beatles: Loudness War

18 09 2008

This is the wave form of “Something” by The Beatles. You can see how the waveform changed from digital release 1983 to digital release 2000.

Waveform image of “Something” by The Beatles, from the CD albums: Abbey Road (Toshiba), Abbey Road (EMI), 1967-1970,

“The Instruction Song”

28 07 2008

Recently i started to arrange “The Instruction Song” by Kristina Hanses.

Its the last song we recorded for her forthcoming album. I can tell that we have been tired while we worked on this one.

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