Monday, May 25, 2015

The Mods and Legend + Hires

Another great weekend at work... Friday night I was engineering for The Mods who play a musical homage to the 60's and 70's mod scene. The band are all great musicians with years of experience. Well worth checking out if you like the Mod scene.
Saturday night I had the pleasure of engineering for the fantastic Legend who are the ultimate Bob Marley tribute. I have had the opportunity to work with these guys a number of times at venues as well as festivals and they never disappoint.

Working with Legend gave me the chance to try out a new high-hat setup consisting of a sontronics STC-1 paired with my new Green 12 by 12 Gauge Microphones. I had an audience member say that it was the best high-hat sound they had ever heard. I was really pleased with the results although I need to get a different mic clip for the Green 12.

Also this weekend I had some of my equipment out on hire to Borough of Poole Council for a two day dance event over two locations in Poole. I also had a system out with the lovely Lou Brown who  organised a house concert, if you aren't sure what a house concert is checkout the website here.

Lou Brown and Clive Gregson

Saturday, May 23, 2015

12 Gauge Microphones

I had a new toy delivered through the post today all the way from the USA. I bought a Green 12 from 12 Gauge Microphones.  I saw these Green 12's online a while ago and thought they looked pretty cool and I finally got round to purchasing one to try out.
The guy who makes these little fellas is a bit of a one man show. All the mics are handmade using used  shot gun shells.
I have only opened the box today so I haven't had a chance to use it yet but I will do tonight. The reviews are really good online so I am looking forward to it!

If all goes well with this microphone I think I will be trying some of their other mics. The Green 12 is such a handy size and built to last. It also comes in its own case (test tube) plus it has its own serial number and free stickers too.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Flare Audio - a revolution in pure sound

One of my favourite audio companies Flare Audio have launched a kickstarter campaign to rise funds to release their new in ear headphones. I have tried their over ear headphone which are amazingly transparent. The clarity and separation is incredible. Needless to say I am very excited about the prospect of in ear headphones.

Flare are an UK based company who are making some fantastic equipment. It is a pleasure to support a UK based business.

Chris 'Percy' Young
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Empire Affair Freebe

A few months ago I engineered a show for Empire Affair at Mr Kyps. I was asked by the boys to record there set, mix and master it. They are very happy with the results so much so that they have released the recording for free... get your copy here!

If you are interested in having your live gigs recorded I have a number of packages available to suit everyone just get in touch.

Chris 'Percy' Young
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This week...The Strypes + Larry Miller

This week I had the pleasure of meeting and working with The Strypes! If you don't know who they are I suggest you check out the documentary about them on BBC4 (Here is the link The Strypes: Best Thing Since Cavan)
They were a great bunch of talented guys and they deserve all the success they are receiving. They reminded me of the spirit of Dr Feelgood and early The Who sound.
I should also mention support from the Raglans who did a really energetic set, embracing their Irish side. They are well worth checking out.
                                                 The Strypes - Image by Damian Godley

In complete contrast to The Strypes  I also worked with Larry Miller this week. I have had the opportunity to work with Larry Miller a number of times now and he is a phenomenal blues guitarist and song writer. It is always a pleasure and never a chore working on gigs like this one. Larry played a moving tribute to BB King who sadly died this week, the drummer of Larry's band was privileged enough to have played with the King himself.

Chris 'Percy' Young
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