Category Archives: gear

Talking Game Audio with Zachary Quarles, Audio Director at Microsoft (Xbox)

I realized I never linked to this really fun interview I did with the fine folks at Ossic!  I AM DUMB. We talked about all things audio including my process, some of the projects I’ve worked on, VR, and my side projects.  Check it out:  

Recording: 1969 Chevy Camaro 427 V8 big block

A couple of weeks ago, I was up visiting my family at my brother’s place.  He’s had a ’69 Camaro for over 15 years that he’s been meticulously restoring. This is what it looked like shortly after he originally got it. This is what it looks like these days. As you can see; it is a gorgeous piece of hardware. — We decided to test out my dpa 4061s with a quick and dirty recording session.  We mounted the mics … Continue reading

Recording: Air Ducts

Whenever I move into a new place, I try to go through and record all the vents, doors, cabinets, and anything else that might make a noise.  I recently unearthed a few recordings of some air ducts I did shortly after moving into my current place.  Each vent has its own personality and some of them get REALLY loud.  In the following clip, I moved the mic around to different locations within the airflow and then started tweaking the vent … Continue reading

Down the Rabbit Hole: Modular Synthesis

I’ve been on the precipice of building a modular synth rig for a number of years now. It’s always been something that’s been incredibly interesting and somewhat intimidating for me. No presets? What? No undo? What? What?? No software registration? YES. Anyway, a couple of months ago, I decided to go for it. I started doing some heavy duty research in terms of what was currently available and relevant in the modular world, what the online “scene” was like (I … Continue reading

Drones & Soundscapes

I like making drones. I like making soundscapes. I do a lot of it for my job and for my personal music projects. Oftentimes I’ll start with a small phrase or sound that I’ve either recorded or created via outboard synths and then I start destroying that signal with additional outboard gear and/or software plugins. The drones in this set aren’t pieces of music by any stretch. They’re little textures that I may or may not use. Maybe I’ll put … Continue reading

Recording: Saturday Morning Downpour

Woke up this morning to hear rain battering the windows.  Stumbled out of bed and got the rig setup. There are three recordings in one here: 1) Interior Rain – I set the mics up in the back porch and pointed them up towards the corner so the mid would capture where both sides met and the side channel would pick-up the spread throughout the rest of the porch. 2) Drainage into bucket – There’s a nice sized hole in the drainage … Continue reading

I Hate Moving: Part I

Whoah, it’s been awhile!  Apologies! The last few months have consisted of me packing up and moving from the suburbs and into a new place.  I hate packing.  I hate labeling.  I hate cleaning.  I hate anything having to do with the act of moving.  I *do* like throwing things away.  There’s something incredibly therapeutic about taking a box of items out of storage, realizing that you have no idea what is in the box, then watching it sail through the air … Continue reading

Dear Garage Door: A Love Letter

So, I started going through more field recordings from my parents’ place and came across several that are based around their garage door. Sure, it’s not much to look at…but the thing has personality.   The first round of recording was during a really windy winter day, so I just set up the recorder, sat down in a corner and let it record for a bit.  After awhile, I started wandering around and opening some of the small windows to … Continue reading