Summer Studio Move/Electric Plant

A summer’s day doesn’t pass by without folks asking me about the studio move and transition from the Electric Canyon in Butte Creek Canyon to Energy Plant in town. The transition along with recording is absorbing the majority of my Summer thus far. Exciting changes...

Ten hours of Factory Noise Ambience

Our world is full of noises. There is natural noise and man’s noise. Factory noise is something the world did not hear until the dawn of the industrial revolution two centuries ago. Electric motor driven machiery whines and hums. Plumbing swooshes while trains,...

What does an an audio engineer do?

The retooled ElectricCanyon.com website is online, thanks for visiting. It includes this blog to share audio highlights, information and stories. I have always shared audio knowledge and my experience with those interested. A sound guy’s real life experience can...

Digital Consoles hit the mainstream

The first time I touched a digital console was in 1988…twenty seven years ago. It was Yamaha’s first, and it was conceptually a great idea, but did not sound very good and flopped. The following two decades did not sound so good in the digital mixing world...

The Noise Series

Noise is part of life. As an audio engineer, I am often attempting to eliminate or minimize noise at live music events and in the recording studio. As a creative passion unto its own, I create electronically generated noise available for listeners to stream on YouTube...

The Design and Construction of Electric Canyon

Electric Canyon was designed and constructed in 2002 and 2003. The two year process began with a phone call to a studio designer I read about in Tape Op Magazine. I couldn’t find the article again, so I emailed publisher, Larry Crane, who replied “Wes Lachot”....

The Magic Snare

A nice sounding instrument in the hands of a performer that knows how to play it is a magical combination that often makes life a little easier for an audio engineer. This is true on stage live or in the recording studio. A sound system, in a live performance setting,...

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