Week 160 (Variac Panel)

In construction photos, technique by manifold_admin

Some things take longer than others.  A little more than two years ago I advertised that the studio would be using Variac transformers instead of more modern technologies.  This was not a “retro at all costs” decision (though Variacs can be used to provide a really, really great dimming system), …

A spiritual beginning to 2011

In creativity, npr, technique by manifold_admin

I think we all look for auspicious signs around the time of the New Year–signs of good fortune to come, signs of disasters to avoid, signs of hope. Indeed, there are many rituals from many cultures intended to tilt the cosmic game in one’s own favor.  For the start of …

Colin Broad makes me happy

In recording studio, studio tech, technique by Michael Tiemann

It was over a year ago when Ben Loftis told me “I think you’re going to need a box from Colin Broad”.  I vaguely remember looking up the name, seeing the boxes, and thinking “OK…when I’m a little closer to building out the studio I’ll have to see what’s current …

Construction and Deconstruction

In books, cd, creativity, culture, Miraverse, technique by Michael Tiemann

While I have been fairly diligent about maintaining my construction blog, I have neglected to blog about much else since January, which could mislead the reader into believing either that nothing else of interest is happening, or, worse, that nothing else has been interesting me, both of which are false.  …

Jazzin the Piedmont?

In books, creativity, dvd, Miraverse, recording studio, technique by Michael Tiemann

Last month at the Ars Electronica 2008 conference and festival, I had a chance to discuss with a number of very smart folks both my physical studio project, Manifold Recording, and my approach to creating a new recording environment/context, the Miraverse.  In the course of those discussions, a number of …

Console sketches

In Manifold Recording, recording studio, technique by Michael Tiemann

When I embarked on this studio design and construction project, I was confident that the decision of which console to buy would be among the simplest, certainly easier than choosing the color scheme for the isolation booths and the control room, for example. Boy was I wrong!