Recording like in the 50’s – is not turning knobs, is moving people


Recodring in the 50’s is for a lot of people a kind of romantic way of the real recording. How it’s really been and how big the challenge is shows this video of a re-born 50’s studio in any detail. You dealing with microphone bleed, not reliable equipment, constant compression on tube gear and moving musicians and microphone in the recording room.
As i saw this, i’m glad to live now.


New Monoteur tutorial channel on Youtube

Just a short announcement for my new Youtube channel. I decited to share my knowledge about music creation with some instruments and production tips for interested people. But its not about previewing a new or old device rather then showing a way of approching the technology to get certain results.
If you like to support me and donate a small amount so that i have more time to do more tutorials, i created a Patreon page. Through the support you get access to special tracks, samples, videos or songs on the patreon site.


Matthew Herbert between the wars

Matthew Herbert is one of the most controverse composer in „experimental” pop music. He produced i.e. Roisin Murphy or Björk, but he relased by himself records where he for example mangling samples of a new born pig or a sample of a dying chick. Then he suprised with a range of house like dance records. But you always hear in his compositions a research for the way to the exit of listening „standards“. That’s some of the reasons the wrote a manifesto where he is limiting himself to a certain way of working and approaching. In this 50 min interview you can see his struggle between paying the bill and go agaist the corrupt system we live in….

play floppy melodies

This is less than a 8 bit sound. You can tell it anlogue scatch sequencing.
A polish guy let old computer hardware making its sound and orginized it into an orchestra of printers, harddisc’s and floppies. The “Floppotron“ is driven by a tracker software and it looks like if he find out a way to tune a printer, a scanner and a wall of floppy drives. I wish i could send him a midi file to play my tunes with his orchestra…

DIY Neumann U87i Microphone

More DIY…Today i show you a way to get an Neumann U87i (not Ai) for under 500 €. The difference between U87i and U87Ai is, that the „i“ got an output transformer what delivers more the vintage slightly compressed sound of an old condenser microphone. I like it very much, because you get on the headphone an instant fitting sound of the singer in the playback.
I made one for myself too and i needed 7h for soldering, measuring and screwing parts together. Unfortunatelly the france DIY page for this microphone is not selling it anymore (, but you can find the parts on different other DIY sites.