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.


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.

Steve Albini – inside his recording-head (a bit…)

Steve Albini is in the recording „business“ one of the less figures, who stands a bit outside, but is at the same time one of the most influential for modern band recordings. The reason is in my option, that he is a real musician on a constantly experimental way in playing (Shellac, Black Flag…) and recording with the greed to find always fitted ways in sound and band recording. I guess he is famous for his drumsound, but i think it’s far beyond. He is questioning everything and is a very noconformist. This quite philosophic Q&A interview discribed his viewpoints and you hear between the lines the critical aproach he has.

DIY your spring reverb

I’m a big fan of spring reverbs, because of its unbeatable charme. You send an instrument through it and the magic happens. The easiest way to create some kind of depth and surealism out of cold, static instruments.
And its acutally cheap to build. If you don’t wanna buy old and overpriced equipemt on the second hand way, the guys from Preservation Sound found a way to DIY it.