Monday, March 25, 2019

New Pete Mancini single: "My Hometown" on Diversion Records



Buy or Stream: www.diversion-records.com/album-pm-mht 
Artist Bio & Links: www.diversion-records.com/artist-pm 
Out March 22nd, 2019 on Diversion Records

Recorded at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig
Produced by Pete Mancini
Engineered and mixed by Mick Hargreaves
Assistant Engineer - Thomas Shinkel

Performers: Pete Mancini, Mick Hargreaves, Alex Sarkis, Buddy Woodward

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

REVIEW: The dbx goRack

OK, so what you're about to read is going to cost you about sixty bucks (used), or as much as $180.00 new. When dbx first came out with the Go-Rack (based on their pro-sound RackDrive DSP technology), there was some sort of insane twenty-nine dollar introductory price, and then after that, it went up to sixty bucks new, which is when I got it. Now it's more, but it's still worth it.



The dbx speaker processing featured in the GoRack is what caught my eye. I needed a quick and dirty solution to head off any feedback problems with a live sound on-stage monitoring system. I put this line-level two-channel device in the system across a couple of on-stage monitor mix feeds just before the power amp inputs, and its one-button "anti-feedback" feature immediately got the job done every time out. Great!

Pluses: Each channel has its own gain adjustment knob, there's a master volume knob, and a "mute" switch that silences both channels.


Then I started digging in on this thing. There's 10 EQ curves to choose from. I selected one that sounded good on the monitors. Wow. Better than expected!

Then I began to notice how flexible this thing is, and saw a bunch of applications I have yet to use this thing for...


The two inputs (ganged XLR and 1/4-inch all-in-one deals) can be switched between mic and line levels, AND those inputs can be summed together (mono mode) to appear at both XLR outputs. Holy crap - with a powered speaker box, a guitar, a microphone, and the GoRack, suddenly you have a nice simple PA rig to do those menu-venue gigs; it's a two-in, dual mono out mixer!
 (And what's that 1/8" Aux jack on the back of the unit? Yes, that's were your 'break music' gets connected.)

But wait... what if... two mics were plugged into this thing, set to dual mono? That would mean each mic signal would appear at its respective line-level output and, yes; it's a two-channel microphone preamp for your home recording set up!
 What? You want to record with compression, based on some classic gear we have here at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig? No, you're not being greedy - Push a button, and yowza, value added, a two channel compressor based on the legendary dbx 163!

If you're thinking dbx forgot the DJ market, you'd be wrong. With the push of one button, you can kick in a Subfrequency Synthesizer across both output channels, adding in an "octave down" sound for the dance floor.

A lot of bang for the buck, this piece. I'll probably never use all the features, but I can guarantee there will come a time when the microphone preamp ability is pressed into service when we're recording an extra set of stereo channels from the top of the stairwell here at the studio for drum ambience, or in an emergency situation - it will be a session-saver!

The only downside I can see here is the external "wall wart" power supply. We all have enough of those annoying things lying around a cluttering up the rig. There's also no phantom power available on this thing, but hey, you can't have EVERYTHING.

No, I am not affiliated with dbx, nor am I paid for this review; there's no "buy it here" link included where I make a percentage. I just figured you might want to check one of these out. They're TOO handy for me not to pass along the information.

Here's the info at the official DBX website.

Mick Hargreaves / LSRR

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Missing Suns "Shut Up and Deal" EP Drops!

Hard hitting rock and roll based out of Queens, New York City; founded in October 2017, with an indie, punk, and hard rock sound.

Laura Storch - Vocals/Guitar • JT Esterkamp - Guitar/Vocals
Matt Sitro - Bass/Vocals • Tony - Drums/Vocals

Recorded and mixed at the Lantern Sound Recording Rig.
Mastered at Story Book Sound.

Friday, March 8, 2019

New Pete Mancini Single "Hometown" Out on Diversion Records March 22nd


Major portions of Pete Mancini's upcoming release "Flying First Class" (Diversion Records) were recorded here at the LSRR, Pete producing, Mick Hargreaves engineering/mixing.

A lot of cool players joined in on this album.
Buddy Woodward and Alex Sarkis join in on the fun for the song "Hometown".

Preorder Here

Friday, January 11, 2019

My Father's Place (Roslyn, NY) THU APR 18 2019: Cassandra House, Quarter Horse, Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen

Pete Mancini, currently busy making his new record here at the LSRR, will do a full-band show at My Father's Place (Rosyln NY) on Thursday April 18 2019, along with Quarter Horse and Cassandra House.

Tickets


LSRR Hosts Cabin Fever Music Festival Stage: FRI FEB 8 9pm Buckley's / Center Moriches LI NY

The Lantern Sound Recording Rig is proud to once again host a stage at the Cabin Fever Music Fest 2019. This is a FREE show Friday Feb 8th 9pm at Buckley's Irish Pub, Center Moriches NY

9 pm Bryan Gallo + His Band 9pm
10pm Necter Band 10pm
11pm Foster Europe Band 11pm
Cabin Fever Music Festival 2019
Buckley's Irish Pub
Center Moriches LI NY
 
Bryan Gallo + His Band - 9pm

Necter Band - 10pm
Foster Europe Band - 11pm

LSRR Adds Ampeg SVT 400T Bass Rig

Top: Ampeg SVT 400T
Middle: 2x10 Carvin cabinet, Eminence Legend drivers
Bottom: Ampeg 1x15 Classic
Left: Lakland Donald "Duck" Dunn PBass, Lindy Fralin PUPS

Many, many artists have recorded here using our classic 1964 Ampeg B-15N Portflex flip top combo amplifier. It's an amp that's been on countless classic records that we all love, and it always delivers a classic vintage sound.

Now we've added a monster bass rig to the arsenal: The Ampeg SVT 400T rack-mount head.


The cool thing about the newest addition to the bass amp arsenal here, the Ampeg SVT 400T head and Ampeg 1x15 speaker cabinet, (coupled with a 2x10 cabinet loaded with Eminence Legend speakers that we already had), is that it gives us three simultaneous bass tracking options:
  • Mic the 15" speaker;
  • mic the 10" cabinet;
  • and take a DI tap, either out of the back of the amp, or via an outboard DI box. 
When we track with this setup, the speaker cabinets could be isolated in the stairwell, while the head could be placed near the bassist out in the big room.