All posts by Chris Janton

The 12 Major Changes To Recording In The 2000s

I got to thinking about the many changes that came about in the recording business during the 2000s the other day – some of it good, some of it bad, most of it significant. Here are what I consider to be the 12 major changes in recording that took place during the 2000s, in no particular order.

via Bobby Owsinskis Big Picture Production Blog: The 12 Major Changes To Recording In The 2000s.

The problem isn’t piracy – it’s competition.

The problem isn’t piracy — it’s competition.

There is too much music and too many musicians, and the amateurs are often good enough for the public. This is healthy for culture, not so much for aesthetics, and shit for musicians. Musicians in the early ’90s were already feeling the pressure of competition from CD reissues of old stuff; here in the future, you can get almost anything that has ever been digitised for free and listener time is the precious commodity.

via Rocknerd » Blog Archive » Culture is not about aesthetics. Punk rock is now enforced by law..

CEA Announces Expanded Support of High-Resolution Audio

HRA music files provide greater clarity and detail than MP3s and other compressed digital audio formats, resulting in a listening experience that more closely represents the original recording.

via CEA Announces Expanded Support of High-Resolution Audio – CEA.

Gee, AIFF files provide greater clarity and detail than MP3s and other compressed digital audio formats. What about lossless compression?

Remarkable marketing and an utter waste of time and energy. Just use 44k/16bit. The 4 people out there who have a sound reproduction system that can usefully reproduce the dynamic range available (not necessarily used) on the CD probably get a visit from the police with a cease-and-desist order for sonic abuse of the neighborhood.

Hey Amazon, Apple! How about FLAC/ALAC files instead of your compressed stuff? Make that tune worth $1.29.

The Joys of the Aggregate Audio Device

Start with 1 Mac (2 outs), 1 audio interface (6 outs), 1 speaker emulator (2 outs)

Take a Garageband or Logic Pro mix and direct it to your momentary output of choice. That usually means change a preference, apply the changes, continue working.

Wouldn’t it be great if that was a one-click operation?

Open Audio/MIDI Settings. Click on the little + icon in the Audio window to add an “Aggregate” device (not a “Multi-output” device – that drives all the outs at once). In my case I added the Mac outputs, the Scarlett interface, and my VRM box. I don’t see a way to cause the order to change, so I named it “mLRsLRLRLRvLR” to help me remember what order the outputs are in. Logic Pro lets you provide your own labels for the ports, so it can be a lot easier.

In Logic I open a new project with a single track, Audio or Software Instrument will do.

Route the output of the Audio track to an Aux (creates the bus)

Route the output of the bus to each in succession

1/2 for the Mac outs

3/4, 5/6, 7/8 for the Scarlett

9/10 for the VRM box

Now we have 5 output pairs that we can switch to by routing the Aux to the appropriate pair of outs.

I place inserts on the Aux so they don’t have to repeat. I place an Channel EQ on each set of outputs just in case I want to adjust.

Now I can listen on the main outs (Mac speakers or AV monitors connected to the headphone jack), external monitors with a simple plug on the patch bay to route L to the grotbox along with setting the output to mono, headphones (open back) for bigger, different sound, or the other set of headphones connected to the VRM box that gives me room emulations.

Easy switch.

If I want the “big speakers” in the living room I still have to do a “manual” switch to Airplay to get the sound to the living room, but that’s acceptable. Easy to do with a bounced track and playback to both office and living room.

what fun!

Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted And You Didnt

Audiophiles – addicted to epic trailer music, adore Soundtracks for movies, shows and video games. Looking for talented yet undiscovered composers.

via Why Hans Zimmer Got The Job You Wanted And You Didnt.

I have to admit, I am kind of addicted to epic trailer music. That’s one of the reasons I go to see *big* films in *big* sound in *big* theaters. Hans Zimmer soundtrack? It’s probably on my list of go see, see again, get some soundtracks.

There’s a great video at the bottom of this article that shows a recording session with 12 players/percussionists. Kind of reminds me of how Berlioz scored for loud, louder, loudest.

A 31 band spectrum analyzer makes a great visualizer ;-) Let’s you see the subsonics wanting to happen (.lt. 40Hz)

United States of Burgers

Arizona’s finest?

Frybread is a post-Revolutionary War American Navajo staple made by frying lightly sweetened leavened dough in lard. It makes an awesome replacement for tortillas in a taco shell, but its an even better vehicle for wrapping around your burger, making it essentially an excuse to eat a deep fried hamburger without feeling quite so guilty about it.

via United States of Burgers.

Rapini with Orzo and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This Needs more rabe!

This recipe comes from a new book that aims to bring new meaning to the term "fast food." It’s titled "Quick-Fix Vegetarian" by Robin Robertson, a Virginia Beach, Va., woman who has written more than a dozen cookbooks and who writes an online cooking column (

This recipe, one of 150 in the book, she says is "extremely versatile," as spinach or chard can be substituted for the rapini, and penne or rotini pasta can be substituted for the orzo.


  • 1 bunch rapini (broccoli raab), coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces orzo
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • cup chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts


1. Cook the rapini in a pot of salted boiling water until softened, about 3 minutes. Use a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the rapini from the water and set aside.
2. Return the same pot of water to a boil; add the orzo, stirring occasionally, until it is al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes and reserved rapini. Cook until the rapini is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the orzo and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts.

(Serves 4)