A Sound Investment?

THIS IMPRESSIVE techno-thingy, apparently pulled from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, makes sound sound better in recordings. It rounds of the edges of raspy vocals and volume spikes and subtly warms the sound by using actual vacuum tubes like 1950s radios. Who even knew vacuum tubes were still made!?

For any techno-nerds, it’s an ART Pro Channel II optical compressor and EQ that goes between the mic and the computer.

Naturally, once I learned such a device existed, I wanted one to round off and warm up MY vocals. It took me about a ton of aluminum cans collected by the side of the road to pay for it,* and several misadventures to get it working, but the thing does make a difference. How much? Well, we’ll all find out next month when I (finally) release the studio version of “Little Heart.” 

Meanwhile, the recording light is on…


*Not really, but my mother taught me to never let a few facts ruin a good story. It was actually a half ton.

Author: Bodhi Bill

BodhiBill.com is about sharing the songs I've been gifted with. Where did they come from? Two remarkable, life-changing events happened In 1996. First, I experienced an unexpected encounter with a friend of the family who was dying. The impact was so profound I left my career in advertising and became a board certified chaplain, working with the dying. Second, original songs began channeling through me with no warning. This was a complete surprise. Even though I'd played guitar since high school, I'd never considered myself a songwriter—or even a singer for that matter. More like a third-rate folk music plunker. But the songs came through anyway. Since I retired in 2015, I now have the time to record and share these songs. Although they are not "commercial" in style or content, I feel they are lovely little gems worth preserving and sharing.

2 thoughts on “A Sound Investment?”

  1. Yes, certain “black boxes” do make a difference… if you’re REALLY listening. We do face the challenge, though, of a large portion of the population who have stopped being critical listeners. Good for you that you’re encouraging your listeners to hear the difference!

    1. Alas, seems most people these days “listen” to music with $10 earbuds or over crappy car speakers. AND the difference this unit makes was more subtle than I hoped; it’s discernible but not readily apparent to anyone short of a mastering engineer. The WOW factor is definitely subdued. But better is always better and these things do add up in a mix. So I’m glad I got it but not jumping with joy over the improvement.

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