Friday, 27 February 2015

The Oompah Roundabout news.

                                                The Oompah Roundabout news.
The Oompah Roundabout are planning to go back into the studio (Gap Central recording studio)
to record their new song!
This will be their 5th single release. They are also planning a higher output this year (2015) with plenty of material to choose from they tell me they basically pull a song name out of a hat and that becomes the next release! Their new song is entitaled "Big Knob"! A catchy medium paced song with lots of lalalala's as Windy and Hormone put it in the song for everyone to sing a long to.
Hormone has just returned from a Holiday to Bali where he got two new tattoo's, a new cymbal and cow bell for The Oompah Roundabout studio drum kit and a nice new canon lense to use on future film clips at Halfanacker film studio.
Hormone has just put up a video of his tattoo session on The Oompah Roundabout uTube channel!
I'll put the link here.
They have also just bought a new old vintage YC-20 Yamaha organ that they will use on future songs and they have a video of that on The Oompah Roundabout uTube channel as well, With Hormone showing off his brilliant playing skills! George wobble, Hormone's much love shitzu just loves his playing! Poor Dog! hahahahaha
I'll put that link here.
So if you are into truly indie rock then check out The Oompah Roundabout! They write, Record,and produce all their music, using real instruments. Basically it's old school recording using digital instead of tape. They also film and edit their own video's with a 0 budget and learning as they go philosophy.
They have as they say loads of fun.
Support this Australian indie band and like,subscribe and comment on their video's!
They tell me they will reply to all comments good and bad.
I'll put their uTube channel link here.
The following links are some of the places where you can download The Oompah Roundabout songs!

Some of Hormones guitar's.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Oompah Roundabouts 4th video out now!

                                      The Oompah Roundabout's 4th video, out now!

The Oompah Roundabout's 4th music video is out and up on their uTube channel!
It's to their latest record entitled "Breed with you".
A fast paced song recorded in their Home recording studio ( gap central recording studio ) and once
again sent over to the USA to be mixed and mastered by their good friend Mark S at the Wave Shop.
This is the first song to be recorded in the studio live room since the boy's revamp accoustic treatment
was carried out.
The video was shot in their home film studio ( Halfanacker film studio ) with editting being carried out at 
Drummer Windy Wobbles edditting studio and also at Guitarist, Hormones Howe's Halfanacker film studio.
The boy's had some fun adding a bit of 1960s psychodalia to the clip and took an anything go's approach, using layer's of colour and visuals!
The video is a big jump forward as the oompah's learn more and more of what can be done and are 
already planning their next 2 video's to their next 2 releases before christmas.
They are planning a steady release of records in the new year and also hope to take the Oompah
beat on the road.
All their records are available for download at :


Friday, 3 October 2014

Ingrid Michaelson,"Be OK"

Ingrid Michaelson,"Be OK"

Album Notes
As the Hotel Café became a nationally recognized launching pad for songwriters in 2008, Ingrid Michaelson stood out amongst the venue\'s native artists, having already established her credibility through licensing deals and MySpace playbacks. Her second independent release, Girls and Boys, made waves one year prior when it toppled the iTunes charts, eventually selling over 740,000 digital copies of its lead single thanks to promotional help from Old Navy commercials and Grey\'s Anatomy episodes. Arriving in 2008, Be OK furthers her Norah Jones-gone-pop approach with 11 tracks. This isn\'t a proper studio effort -- rather, it\'s a benefit project (with proceeds going to cancer research) that takes its material from live performances, rarities, and several new tracks. Filled with handclaps and breezy guitar chords, \"Be OK\" is the album\'s flagship song as it bookends the set list with two different versions -- one filled with harmonies, keyboards, and percussion, and the other sticking close to the acoustic formula. Michaelson\'s voice is strong enough to carry such tracks alone, but her melodies sound strongest when flanked by buoyant harmonies, whether they\'re provided by the singer\'s own double-tracked voice or contributions from her touring bandmates. \"The Chain,\" a longtime live favorite and perhaps the best song on this disc, even careens into an emotional three-person round, utilizing the harmony approach better than any Michaelson track since \"The Way I Am.\" She leads the pack, advising her estranged lover to \"glide away on soapy heels\" while her melodies are echoed by Bess Rogers and Allie Moss. It\'s a simple song, but its passion and presentation make all the difference -- a telltale sign of a songwriter who knows how to breathe new life into a veteran genre.

review by Andrew Leahey, for AllMusic Guide
Ingrid Michaelson: Be OK

Friday, 26 September 2014

Toe rag recording studio:

                                                        Toe rag recording studio:
Another truly cool studio producing a warm old school music sound! We at Gap central need a tape deck, it's now on the "stuff" to buy list!
to add to the studio! anyway, on with the show! Toe rag has the look, gear and sound!
The studio was established in 1991 by Liam Watson and Josh Collins in the Shoreditch area of London. In 1997, the business migrated to Hackney because of climbing overheads. Although the studio didn't open to only take care of the analogue side of recording, it was shaped to eventually use analogue gear (notwithstanding the expense), as "there were heaps of [cheap digital studios] opening up all the time and then shutting down each week on the grounds that they didn't generally offer anything different.
Not withstanding a CD and Dat recorder on hand, The emphasis is on analogue at Toe Rag!
The studio uses Studer tape machines, it has a 1-inch 8 Track, a 2-inch 16 Track and a 2 Track quarter inch.

For monitoring the control room has a set of 15"Tannoy Red load speakers,as shown on the above picture mounted above one of the two vintage mixing desks! This one being a calrec, the other being an "EMI RED 17". Out board processing with some vintage EQs, compression and Reverb racks. An assortment of vintage mics from Neumann,Reslo and STC.
This coupled with vintage guitar amps, from Vox, Fender, Selmer and a vintage Hammond organ and Ludwig and Gretsch Drum kits added to the fold makes for recorded bliss. A live room that producess that special sound! All the stuff needed to create analogue music at it's best.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Japans CD market still reigns supreme with 85% of all music sales!

                                Japans CD market still reigns supreme with 85% of all music sales! 

It’s a well known fact that music CD sales have been going down, and fast, for some time now. Ever since people got the internet in their homes and learned what it could do, the downfall of the physical disc has been on it’s way, whether it be by piracy or iTunes. However, it appears that in an increasingly digital business, there is one place in the world where the physical still reigns supreme.
Japan, the world's second biggest music business sector, is totally fixated on Cds. Actually, of all music sales in the nation, 85% are Cds, whereas in most other countries, digital downloading is the leader, or in dynamic spots where streaming has now assumed lead, for example, Sweden. And surprisingly, digital downloading in the country have really been declining for years, which is the reverse for a significant part of the world (however not for the US, where digital downloading sales dropped surprisingly this previous year). Indeed, while online sales were at $1 billion in 2009, only after four years they raked in just $400 million—a huge fall in such a brief timeline.
While its odd seeing just about anybody purchasing a compact disc nowadays, it is especially bizarre that Japan would be heading the world in CD deals, as they are ordinarily an early adopter regarding new innovation. The nation is frequently years in front of different markets in the matter of new telephones, computers, and so forth. 

The New York Times reports that there are maybe two primary reasons why this wonder is occurring: a "protectionist business atmosphere" in the music business and a social affection of collecting stuff.
The Japanese people appears to be careful about digital download sales in terms of music, and its tricky to say totally why. It may originate from an absence of alternatives in the sphere, which are, no doubt kept down by big organisations. Not only is it's rights administration exceptionally confusing in the nation, making licensing arrangements troublesome, however companies additionally aren't excessively stressed over wandering into the digital sphere at the moment. Spotify and Rdio, two of the largest  streaming choices on the planet, don't have a presence in the nation yet.

Music's finest odd couple, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga!


  Music's finest odd couple: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga!

                                                                                                                                                         Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga's eagerly awaited colaboration Cheek to Cheek drops in on Tuesday.  The two are as doubtful a pair as it gets, but their first album together is most excellent: a cheeky return record that offers Tony Bennett the opportunity to connect with a more youthful fan base, and gives Lady Gaga the opportunity to showcase those fine pipes, that are normally covered under layers and layers of synths.
Said to have been Frank Sinatra's favourite singer Tony Bennett's voice is still in fine form and Lady Gaga is ammazing! A feast for fans of both.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Vox musical instruments:

                                                            Vox musical instruments:
The Vox amplifier is famous around the world, leaping into prominence in the early 1960s when The beatles burst onto the world scene, followed by all the other British Invasion bands and solo performers!
It's not widely known that vox also made musical instruments, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Guitar foot peddles and Organs!

                                                          Vox Organs:

The Vox Continental from the year 1962 had a distinctive sound that is now synominous with the sixties Pop and psychedelic era!
Groups such as The Animals , The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Zombies, The Monkees, and many more made these organs popular! The vox range of organs had the colour of the keys reversed being the white keys black and the black keys white which gave them a very groovy look to match their very groovy sound. The Continental and other Vox organs such as the Jaguar, the Continental II, Super Continental, and the Continental 300 share characteristic visual features including orange and black vinyl coverings, stands made of chromed steel tubing, and reversed black and white keys.

                                                                Vox Guitars:

The first electric guitars vox produced were The Apache, Stroller and Clubman! Modelled after solid-body, bolt-neck Fenders, which wern't available in the UK at the time. A Clubman Bass followed these models shortly after!
 Vox president Tom Jennings commissioned the London Design Centre to create a unique new electric guitar, and in 1962 Vox introduced the pentagonal Phantom, originally made in England but soon after made by EKO of Italy. Aside from the unusual body and headstock shapes, Phantoms featured copies of the Fender Stratocaster neck and its attachment,
It was followed after a year by the teardrop-molded Mark VI, the model of which had just two pick-ups (instead of three) and was made particularly for Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, again utilizing a Bigsby-like "Hank Marvin" bridge. Before the decade's end, Stones bassist Bill Wyman was demonstrated in Vox promotions playing a teardrop  hollow bodied bass made for him by the organization, consequently showcased as the Wyman Bass. Numerous guitar gear powers question that he ever really utilized the instrument for recording or live work. Vox explored different avenues regarding built affects and electronics, with guitars, for example, the Cheetah, Ultrasonic, and Invader offering various built in effects. Ian Curtis of Joy Division is known to have claimed two white Vox Phantom VI Special effects guitars which had push button effects switches on the scratch plate. Amongst numerous advancements were the Guitar Organ, which emphasized scaled down VOX organ hardware initiated by the contact of strings with fret contacts, delivering organ tones in key with guitar harmonies. This instrument was overwhelming and awkward with its steel neck and outer circuit boxes, and infrequently worked accurately, yet was a sign of the inventiveness of this organization.
In the mid-1960s, as the sound of electric 12-string guitars got to be prominent, Vox presented the Phantom XII, which has been utilized by Tony Hicks of The Hollies, Captain Sensible of early English punk band The Damned and Greg Kihn, and Mark XII electric 12-string guitars and additionally the Tempest XII, likewise made in Italy, which offered a more traditional body style. The Phantom XII and Mark XII both offered an extraordinary Bigsby style 12-string vibrato tailpiece, which made them, alongside Semie Moseley's "Wanders" show 12-string Mosrite, the main 12 string electric guitars to gimmick such a vibrato. The Stereo Phantom XII had split pickups looking like the Fender precision bass, each half of which could be sent to a different amp utilizing an installed blend control. Vox delivered various different models of 6 and 12 string electric guitars in both England and Italy. 


                                                      Effects Pedals:

Guitar effects pedals, including an early version of the wah-wah pedal used by Jimi Hendrix and the Tone Bender fuzzbox pedal used by Jimmy Page of the Yardbirdswere also manufactured. In 1967 Vox introduced a series of guitars which featured built in effects such as Distortion (fuzz tone), Repeat Percussion (percussive tremolo), Treble/Bass Booster and a wah-wah operated by the heel of the picking hand pushing on a spring-loaded lever over the bridge. The Delta phantom style guitar and bass, the Starstream teardrop 6-string, and Constellation teardrop bass had such effects.

Vox also pioneered the first radio microphone system, which freed singers from being connected by a microphone cable to their amplifier or PA.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Five tools needed to set up a home recording studio.

                                      Five tools needed to set up a home recording studio:

While using appropriate gear as well as a surprisingly small amount of funds it is possible to build a specialist top quality home recording studio at your house.
Listed below are your five standard tools that you will need:

1. A recording unit:
For a perfectly beneficial digital recording device, look no further than your home computer. Your built-in sound card is likely to work fine, but in case you are serious about home recording, you should consider buying a sound card made exclusively with the purpose, with a high-quality digital camera audio converter (DAC), microphone pre-amps and MIDI input/output.
To record music on your computer, you'll likewise need sequencing software of some 
kind. This is software that records either simple sound from a receiver (Mic) or MIDI information from electronic instruments. Sequencing programming permits you to effectively alter and blend various tracks, include effects, trade sound recordings to Disc. The business standard for expert sound sequencing is Pro-tools (has it's own sound card), however there are choices for any financial plan. 

Computers are such adaptable and compelling home recording devices that nearly everyone picks this alternative. Nonetheless, in case you're a firm adherent that computers and music don't mesh, you can purchase a multi-track digital recorder that records onto a flash card or even copies straight to a cd, ect or go  analogue and purchase a multi track tape recorder. 

2. A decent Mic

Don't hold back on your mouthpiece (haha). Indeed with the greater part of the enchantment of advanced altering and impacts, you can't do much with a terrible source recording. The best type of mic for recording solo acoustic instruments and vocals is a condenser microphone. For vocals, you'll likewise need a pop filter, a modest bit of material that protects the mic from hard "p" and sharp "s" sounds. 

To record a full band, you'll have to mic the majority of the instruments independently utilizing more modest dynamic mics. You should be able to come across great condenser mics for under $200 and dynamic mics for under $100.

3. Monitor speakers and headphones: 

Monitor speakers are unique in relation to typical stereo speakers. They're essential in a recording studio environment as they show the sound precisely as its being recorded, without "coloring" or "sweetening" the sound .This is important to guarantee that your recording will sound precisely how it did when you were playing it. 

It's up to individuals how they go about tackling the recording process,  one typical way to record tunes in a multi-track situation  is, recording each track one by one (drums first , bass second, acoustic guitars third, and so on). The most ideal approach to do this is to utilise a set of headphones to listen to the tracks you recorded before as you put down new tracks. Good headphones keep the sound in, so to minimise spillage onto the new you are recording.

4. A MIDI controller or synthesizer 

A synthesizer is usually  an electronic keyboard that can be setup to play numerous types of sounds. At the same time synthesizers come in numerous distinctive shapes and sizes, for example, guitar synths, wind instrument synths and drum machines. 

A MIDI controller is similar to a synthesizer, however doesn't really deliver any sounds without anyone else's input. The instrument is truly a controller, in the same way as a joystick for a computer game . A MIDI controller produces MIDI information which might be utilized to play different synthesizers, whether fittings  or programming based. Case in point, you can utilize a MIDI controller to play an electronic keyboard plug-in like Protools. Alternately utilize a solitary MIDI controller to play an entire system of interconnected synthesizers and drum machines.

5. An audio interface 

An audio interface is similar to an external sound card. Instead of connecting mics ect, straight into your computer, you connect them to an external box or mixing desk that that connects to your computer with a solitary line, either USB or Firewire. The interface handles analog to digital conversion, taking stress off your computers processing power. This is particularly valuable for laptops, which don't have space for additional inside PCI cards and for the most part have slower processors. 

Sound interfaces, otherwise called breakout boxes, accompany a specific number of microphone preamps( (anywhere in the range of two to twelve) and dials to control the recording level of every amplifier. By and large, each one instrument and vocal needs its own particular amplifier (drums need no less than 3 different mics), so search for an interface with enough preamps to for-fill your needs. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Daptone Records.

                                                        Daptone Records.
Daptone records was founded in 2001, by Neal Sugarman and Gabe Roth!
Converting an old 2-story town house in the working class area, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York
into an analog recording mecca of soul and funk!
Head studio engineer Gabe Roth captures a cool 60s/70s sound. Daptone has a house band The Dap Kings, who are truly a class act, and provide the backing music for star soul singers
Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley,  To list just a couple!
Recordings from Daptone are available in many formats including: vinyl, cassette tape! CD, and mp3 download!

A truly amazing independent Record company full of soul and heart.
I have no affiliation with Daptone! It's a label i came across while browsing on uTube and was so impressed to find a cool old school Record company that record talented people!
I for one will be following this label with keen interest and as a lover of vinyl can't wait to organise my first order of 45s!
Daptones website link is here.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Music and Stuff

                                                                 Music and Stuff!
A lot has been said about today's music! To me there is some great stuff and some crap stuff out there.
And having said that, Personal taste is an  individual thing that everyone has and everyones personal taste differs! In most cases it comes down to cost! Record labels aren't making the money they once
made due to the massive amounts of illegal downloading that happens these days so they need to cut recording costs, And they also don't take as many risks on what they put out, So rather than support artists of talent and difference they go for things that sell, 
Now to say that labels didn't do that before the digital age would be wrong! Yes, they did! But and it's a big but! It is hard to see where the next truly lasting big thing is going to come from in the future.
The beatles were turned down by many labels for different reasons, The last reason is famous! Decca
records label heads said to them "guitar bands are on the way OUT! Laughable that in 1961/62 that
that was their attitude! George Martin for some reason could see that they had something! This was a guy that had never before recorded a rock/pop group! But he was prepared to take a risk! And when at  the meeting of EMI label heads he told them of his find and planned signing of them ( The Beatles ) 
They laughed at him! The rest of that great rags to riches story is history, 
These days its doubtful that will happen again! 2 reasons! reason 1, Finding a group or solo artist with 
that emence talent! Reason 2, Finding a real record label with a George Martin type person running it
who is prepared and can afford to take a risk!
Not someone who looks for the best looking girl or boy that can simply be auto tuned and who can dance! 
Now i'm not going to sit here and bag out different artists! There is no point! and all being said, This is
only my point of view, and their are always exceptions! eg: The Arctic Monkey's come to mind,
But not on the scale of yesteryear! 
And on another positive  note, It is fun scraping through the crap and finding some still great bands out there doing some great stuff. eg, Paul Weller, The Kooks, The Kaiser Chiefs  and of corse Windy and I
( The Oompah Roundabout ) we don't use Auto tuning or any music loops, Really we still record the way it was done years ago but we record onto a mac instead of tape.
We are lucky that we have our own studio! We never bothered to try for a contract for many reasons!
Our, age! Our looks! hahaha to name a couple! and the main reason being we want to put out what we want wether it sells or not! 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Mastering at Abbey Road Studio.

                                                    Mastering at Abbey Road Studio.

Mastering is the final stage in the production process and ensures that the music fits together seamlessly and that it is presented with the best possible sound. It involves editing and compiling the required mixes and tracks in production order, cleaning the audio to remove any unwanted blemishes or corruptions, polishing the mixed sound with equalisation, compression and other outboard processing and then producing the final master. The combination of our award-winning engineers, Abbey Road Studios acoustics and our unrivalled range of traditional and state-of-the-art equipment ensure that we are world leaders in the fields of audio mastering and sound restoration.

We can master to enhance both old and new recordings from any format: 78rpm or LP discs, analogue tape, digital master tape or audio file. We have a range of stereo and surround mastering suites for creating a finished audio master, from mastering for a CD or audio files, cutting lacquer or copper vinyl, through to 5.1 and 7.1 surround production for DVD or High Definition broadcast and Blu-ray disc.

We welcome clients to attend the mastering session and work on a one-to-one basis with our specialist mastering engineers. Alternatively, we offer a tailor-made virtual service for global clients through our Abbey Road Online Mastering service. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Bruce Foxton.

                                                                     Bruce Foxton.
Bruce Foxton, bass player, song writer, singer! was born in working, Surrey England 1 september 1955.
He, Rick Buckler and Paul Weller made up that iconic band from the late 1970s early 1980s The Jam.
Unfortunately The Jam split in 1982! leaving millions of fans, me included! Disappointed!
Bruce went on with a short solo career releasing the album "Touch sensitive" (#68 uk) and had minor
uk hits in 1983-84 with "Freak" and "This is the way" "Makes me wonder" . He later joined "Stiff little fingers" and was in that band for 15 years! Stiff little fingers released 5 albums.
In 1995 he and Jam drummer Rick Buckler collaborated on "our story" a biogrophy on their years in The Jam.
And then in Febuary 2007 Bruce and Rick did what Jam fans around the world could only dream about! They announced that the 2 of them would be reforming along with members from 
"The Gift" a Jam Tribute band and go on tour! In march 2008 they toured Australia and New Zealand! I caught the Perth show ( Western Australia ) And although Paul Weller wasnt in the band they still sounded great and true! My older brother was with me, He being the one to turn me onto The Jam!
Knowing how i was feeling about seeing 2 of my 7 hero's, The others being, John ,Paul, George, Ringo, and Paul Weller, and seeing his face light up made my day! Bruce released a solo album in 2012 called "Back in the room". 
This link is to Bruce Foxton's official web site.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Oompah Roundabout shoot new video!

                                          The Oompah Roundabout shoot new video!
The Oompah Roundabout shot the video for their new single "Breed with you" last night. ( 06-09-14 )
Halfanacker film studio came alive with their crazy antics, jumping around like monkeys on heat!
Pre-Production work was carried out at Windy Wobbles studio last week and a recapping viewing had
the boy's in fits of laughter!
They assure me the video will be in good taste!
Some pics from last nights shoot are below this text.
The boy's other video's can be viewed on their uTube channel,
And this next link is to their website, 
You can find them on facebook as well.