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News update August 2011   Leave a comment

Hey all!  Bluewater Sound is back and I’m very excited to see what happens in the next year!  We have moved the fort to Pittsboro, NC.  I have the studio set up here, but I’m more interested in beefing up the live sound/ recording system.  But before we get into that, I want to share the last project we completed in Wilmington.  Here is a link to the album I recorded for Tom Rhodes and his band

Tom has since moved to California, and is doing very well. I will be adding some songs from this album to the player on the website soon.

Here the long term plan for the Bluewater Sound:

I’m in the process or researching, demoing new speakers for a new A rig.  In the running are EAW KF 650, Turbosound TA-890H, or Community SLS 960


Turbosound TA-890H

I would also like to add some beefy subs to this setup eventually but for now, I might just double up on the number of EAW FR250Z’s that I have now, which will become the B rig.

Here’s something else I am very excited about, the Allen & Heath iLive IDR 32 with a T series controller, probably the T112.  I’m going to try to use the Mixrack with a laptop, until I can justify the controller.  The great thing about the iLive is that you can do just that, control the system with a laptop and iPad.

Allen & Heath MixRack iDR32

Allen & Heath iLive T112

This combo will also become my 64 channel mobile recording rig.  This rig plus one additional converter (Lynx Aurora 16) will be able to record 64 channels of audio to multiple recording programs for back-up, so if one system crashes it will still have at least two backups.  The last thing you want to have happen while recording live is to have audio drop-outs or software crashes.  It’s not like in the studio, you don’t get a do-over, t happens once, then it over.  Having a high channel count of high quality reliable audio recording that can also run the main mix FOH and monitors will be awesome!!

Thanks for reading!  Please subscribe to this blog for updates.  More coming soon!

-Captain Nielsbeard

PS  One more pic for ya!

Allen & Heath T112


Pro Tools Going Native in 8.1… Smart move   Leave a comment

Now that it has been leaked on Sweetwater that Pro Tools 8.1 will be supporting native* processing (see below). So,  I can replace my “misconceptions” blog post with this!  Funny though that they only put it up on the site for a matter of minutes (plenty long enough for us nerds to get screenshots!!) after the outrage ensued on forums when Avid (parent company of Pro Tools) didn’t release the native version yesterday and instead released more hardware for what seemed like a non-existent market.  But now it makes sense.  They are doing a series of releases leading up to native making this huge transition go smoother.  I suspect native will arrive no later than early 2011.

The issue, and major source of frustration for many recording engineers in the past few years was that the real Pro Tools, Pro Tools HD used HD cards (processing chips)  that plug into the computers PCI(e) slots and lightened the load of some processing from the computer.  These HD cards were a huge barrier because the price and technology, though they were great and top of the line when they were introduced in 2002, remained unchanged since.  I don’t have to mention that computer technology is both way cheaper and way better than it was in 2002.  So to pay 20-30 thousand dollars for little to no benefit over professional native systems; systems that have the same latency (delay from processing), same track limitations, and equal processing power as the top of the line PT HD systems was just not a feasible option.

To add to that frustration, professional native system users are denied work that they are more than capable of doing simply because the first thing some musicians ask when they ask about recording is…  Do you have Pro-Tools?  This is completely understandable because most commercial studios:

  • They bought it when computers couldn’t do what they can do now and
  • Still use that setup because it works well and they are all still compatible with each other.
  • And that the ability for native systems to compete on the same level as PT, mostly due to the incredible performance of multicore computer technology, has only been around for a few years now.

When faced with this question, some of us had a workaround just buy buying a Pro-Tools le system which is very limiting to say the least, and secretly used the native system after studio hours, the rest of us had two choices:

  • Simply say “no, I use ______” , At which point the conversation stops. or
  • Say “no, and explain why the  ______ works as good as any PT setup”, at which point you usually just get a nod,  and a blank stare

Either way we usually didn’t get a chance to talk further or show them examples our work.  Now that Pro Tools is going native it is both going to:

  • Deflate the myth that Pro Tools is better than other DAWs and
  • Allow Native engineers to be compatible with the big studios that use PT

Although it’s not great news for folks who bought an HD system recently because they had to, most studios who bought the system years ago claim that it has paid for itself over and over again.  Not to mention that now, native DAW and freelance engineers can have professional level Pro Tools for a reasonable price, their projects are compatible with the systems at big studios.  This means that they will be booking more and more time at the big studios to supplement their projects with the lavish comforts and uber expensive vintage gear!

In the end, everybody WINS… especially the musicians/clients, because they can enjoy some of the benefits of a million dollar studio for less money.   Some of their project can be done at studios like mine for cheaper (the hard, time-consuming stuff), and the rest they can do at the luxurious studio (Facebook pictures and drinking exotic coffee).  😀

The point is, they can pick and choose from both worlds to get the best possible value for the dollar! That is what it’s all about.

…again I’m glad I could replace my old blog post (ranting about misconceptions, sounding silly) with a more positive one.

Thanks for reading!

Native*, the term used for DAWs (digital audio workstations) like Nuendo, Cubase, Logic, Sonar, Reaper and Digital Performer that use the computers processors to do all the work for the software, as opposed to Pro Tools HD that uses HD cards (processing chips)  that plug into the computers PCI(e) slots and lightens the load of some processing from the computer.

Posted August 10, 2010 by bluewatersound in Uncategorized

Just -In !! Government Seeks to prosecute downloaders!!!   1 comment

Government seeking to prosecute dowloaders

This is an abomination!!

First, If they want to pull this crap then they also need to sell licenses instead of a CD or download. You buy the license to own it forever. That way when your CD gets scratched, or your hard drive fails. You still own the rights.

Second, No evidence that it hurts any industry.  There are lots of music that I would like to have and share, but wouldn’t definitely wouldn’t pay money for it.  Most people would just rather not have it.  If people start getting prosecuted for downloading music, bands will be forced to give away their music for free. Many bands are already doing this. In the age of being able to stream music all day (pandora) everyday on your computers and phones, why pay for it when you stream it all day long, with video for free.   This is useless wasted effort on the government’s part. I feel like enough of that is wasted already.

Being a recording engineer and musician, I want bands to have as much money (to record with me) as possible. Fighting the inevitable is useless. If you are a good musician, you’ll make plenty of money from live shows. As for the record companies, nobody cares about you because you screwed musicians for years. no sympathy.

I would like to hear you thoughts on this people. Repost if you agree. Especially if you download.

FYI (I bought over 90% of the music I currently use)

Posted July 2, 2010 by bluewatersound in Uncategorized

First You-Tube video; Bob Marley “positive Vibration” playing along on drums   Leave a comment

I ended up getting a really nice drum sound with only 3 mics.  I will post some original music with this setup soon.  I had some subs stacked in that room about 12-16 inches apart.  I set the bass drum facing the space between then so that when I set up the bass drum mics I can add sound absorbent material around it therefore sealing off the bass drum mics from the rest of the kit.  I used a Shure KSM137 and Beta 52 about 4 inches from the resonant head.  The third mic was an Audix SCX25A which I used for oveheads.

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Posted June 25, 2010 by bluewatersound in Uncategorized

Bluewater Sound is blogging?!?   Leave a comment


Welcome to our new blog.  We look forward to sharing with you, information about us, what we are doing, and to discuss audio related issues and concepts.  Mic shoot-outs, pre-amp shoot-outs, analog and digital processing shoot-outs, will be common place here, so feel free to subscribe.

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Posted June 21, 2010 by bluewatersound in Uncategorized