Allen & Heath ZED10FX (review)

A video review of the Allen & Heath ZED 10FX mixer follows this paragraph of blather. Please allow me to introduce a new category to The Bent Page, and that category is BLOG CASTING. Soon I’ll be posting video blogs here on WordPress and YouTube. A separate streaming channel is also in the works but not finalized. Let’s look at that video review first. Another paragraph of explanation follows.

Over the past several months, I’ve been doing my homework in preparation for putting together a video blog casting studio. (The first order of business was to clean out my old office, which was chock full of nothing useful.) Naturally, the computers were updated. Next comes the audio component. To mix and feed audio into the digital recorder in my computer, I chose the Allen & Heath ZED 10FX mixer. At first glance it may seem like a bit of overkill, but my requirements and consultation with friends in the music world led me to this unit. I needed at least 3 microphone inputs with power supplies. The ZED 10FX has 4. I also wanted the ability to plug in some musical instruments because a few of those friends from the music world will (at least they said they would) participate in some of the productions coming out of here. Instead of having them lug all their gear, they can plug into this unit. There is also the ability to have studio monitors (speakers) connected through the ZED, a separate headphone output with the ability to isolate the feed to the phones. The onboard effects were less important but for the price, why not? Without going crazy on the technical side, each channel has the ability to be sent to the “RECORD” bus separately, so if those pals are playing away and I want to record each channel independently, this can be done. In other words lots of flexibility.

Now that the audio is piped into the system, I’ll be tweaking the video in a few different ways. Most import are the lights, which are on the way. More on this issue soon.

Jim Croce’s songs

Remember when music was intelligible? When you could understand the lyrics? When the music was produced by people playing instruments as opposed to computers regurgitating digital samples of who knows what? Whether you remember or not, may I suggest thumbing through some old vinyl or surfing down through the download device of your choice to Mr. Jim Croce.

Croce was a guy with talent for the ironic. You’ve heard his songs in all manner of venues, but take a moment to listen to them on their own. Maybe in your car or sitting on the porch with a nice cocktail. One of my favorites is “Two Less Footsteps.” The man gets it spot on here. The song tells its story, moves along like an ambling freight train, delivering a wry smile and clever grin before it’s over.

I’m not sure who produces this kind of music today. Maybe no one. At least, not in English. (In Spanish I can recommend Julietta Venegas for one.) Too much doom and gloom. Too much bass, not enough skill, and precious little irony or finesse. Your suggestions to rectify the hole in my present music library would be much appreciated.

Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Axis of Awesome

I was sent this link by my cousin. This comedy band, Axis of Awesome does a fantastic presentation of 4 chord songs that will have you laughing and amazed. Check it out.

Fascinating, funny, and fabulous. Makes you wonder about all those pop hits, doesn’t it?

Published in: on August 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Holiday Music, Aruba

The Holiday Season is in full swing here in Aruba. Live music is a key element and there are many venues enjoy it. Last night, I stopped in at Zeerovers where a friend was celebrating his new job. There was an excellent band playing. Here’s a photo:

The music did get a little loud for my taste, but I went around the back, on the water side of the joint and relaxed with an ice-cold Coca-Cola, good friends, and a view of the stars that was hard to match.

Whatever holidays you’re celebrating, enjoy them responsibly.

Bon dia.

Published in: on December 5, 2009 at 10:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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