Jump to content

al mcguire

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About al mcguire

  • Rank
    vintage soundguy
  • Birthday 12/19/1916

Profile Information

  • Location
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
  • About
    I live on a 33' Freedom cat ketch

Recent Profile Visitors

4,824 profile views
  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-08/the-battery-will-kill-fossil-fuels-it-s-only-a-matter-of-time
  2. The "Best client/producer/agency quotes" thread

    Eric Toline, never let fact get in the way of a joke
  3. The "Best client/producer/agency quotes" thread

    ">great reading but it sounds like a Wednesday reading. Can you make it sound like a Sunday reading?"< The catholic schoolboy in me would rapidly translate the script into pig latin.
  4. The "Best client/producer/agency quotes" thread

    "Don't worry about the traffic noise, we are not looking that way"
  5. Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band is 50 years old

    It hasn't had it's 51st birthday yet.
  6. Boom operators - Cool photos

    I'll be the 3rd Al
  7. NFL Boom ops

    Definitely a long pole gig
  8. Curtis Mayfield - People Get Ready

    Music is important to me. There are some songs and songwriters that go right to my heart. They can fill me with light on very dark days. Curtis Mayfield is one of those artists, and People Get Ready (1965) is one of those songs. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Mayfield I usually stay w/ the original versions of hit records but for this I found a live performance on youtube to better show his guitar playing. Curtis always had his own sound and it was largely due to the tuning he used which was a F# open tuning, not one you see often. It is also the black keys on a piano and for a self taught musician in a family with a piano it was a godsend, no bad notes if you stay on the black keys. For the guitar players on jwsound here is how to tune to a F# tuning https://youtu.be/GXEAioT_kEY and if you want to learn People Get Ready here are the signature melody lines https://youtu.be/cO26d0GT24A
  9. Effect of new tax bill on freelance soundies?

    Incorporate as a S Corp or LLC
  10. OT: Best all-round DI box?

    What I want most in a Direct box is to isolate me from whatever signal I want to record. I want a transformer, a 20 db pad and a ground lift History A vintage Wolfbox custom-made by audio engineer Ed Wolfrum in the 1960s. Passive direct boxes first appeared in the United States in the middle 1960s, most notably in Detroit at radio stations and recording studios like "Motown", "United Sound Systems", "Golden World Records", Tera Shirma Studios and the Metro-Audio Capstan Roller remote recording truck. These DIs were custom made by engineers like Ed Wolfrum with his "Wolfbox" and by concert sound companies to solve certain problems associated with amplifying electronic musical instruments, especially electric guitars. These boxes typically contained an audio transformer (like the Triad A11J through 1974) with a turns ratio from approximately 8:1 to 12:1, and thus an impedance ratio of around 144:1. With this kind of transformer, the output voltage of the instrument is stepped down to a range compatible with the typical mixing console's microphone preamp. The typical console preamp input impedance of 1,500 ohms would appear to the electronic instrument as a high input impedance of 216,000 ohms.[1] The passive direct box was suitable for most electronic musical instruments but it negatively colored the sound of ones with weaker output signals, such as Fender Rhodes pianos and Fender Precision Basses with single-coil pickups. To accommodate these instruments, active direct boxes were designed containing powered electronic circuitry which increased the input impedance from about 200,000 to above 1,000,000 ohms. In 1975, a 48-volt phantom powered active direct box was designed for Leon Russell's recording studio, its circuitry published in dB, the sound engineering magazine.[2] The sound company Tycobrahe, known for supporting large rock festivals such as California Jam, offered an active direct box for sale in 1977, a model capable of +9 dBm line level output, with a built-in attenuator to compensate for various input levels.[3][4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DI_unit Build your own passive direct box. https://www.diyrecordingequipment.com/blogs/news/15851820-how-to-build-a-boutique-passive-di Deane Jensen http://www.jensen-transformers.com/history/
  11. On My Radio

    Otis Redding (September 9th 1941 - December 10th 1967), gone to soon but never forgotten.Picture: The recording of "Otis Blue", July of 1965 at Stax in Memphis, TN.L-R: Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Tom Dowd, David Porter, Julius Green, Andrew Love, Floyd Newman, Wayne Jackson, Issac Hayes
  12. #metoo and sexism in general

  13. Vasileios, add something like this to your kit https://www.trewaudio.com/product/whirlwind-sp1x3/
  14. The True History of the Traveling Wilbury's

    "Wilbury" was a slang term first used by Harrison during the recording of Cloud Nine with Jeff Lynne. Referring to recording errors created by some faulty equipment, Harrison jokingly remarked to Lynne, "We'll bury 'em in the mix"