Saturday, 16 April 2016

People You May or May Not Know....But Should....Mark Loughman and BAE....

....The CD Giveaway at the bottom of this post is now closed....


When I was 12 I wanted to be Lemmy....When I was 14 I wanted to be Tony Platt or Mutt Lang...."still do"....When I heard AC/DC Back in Black....I very quickly realize it sounded....not just a little better....but a lot better compared to all the other albums I was listening to at the time....and I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life....I wanted to be a sound engineer....


I remember catching the 192 bus into Stockpot to try and get a job at Strawberry Recording Studios....I remember bugging the hell out of Andy Macpherson at Revolution Studios trying to get a job there....And now years later all those studios are gone....gone the way most million pound recording studios have gone....replaced by a few hundreds pounds worth of laptop....some software....a few plug-ins and some nice monitors and a rack or two of outboard FX's....Of course you now need to know what your doing more than ever...."but that's what YouTube's for"....Mic placement together with blankets and pillows have become an art form in itself....But slowly my racks of gear are being used less and less as plug-ins get better and better....

"oh look....Manc Grey Sky...."

Recording gear as with guitars and amps....you can honestly say....”we have never had it so good”....but some things....like telecasters and tubes are still as important today as they were in the 1950's....The humble Microphone Pre Amplifier....not as glamours as a large diaphragm condenser microphone or Pro-Tools....but just as important....The relatively cheap Shure SM57 through a dedicated mic pre-amp will give a 10x improvement in sound quality above the same SM57 plugged straight into a recording input....Most recording inputs that you can buy today are at most just Analog to Digital Converters....they are not mic pre-amps....Even the beautiful UA ApolloTwin is just a converter with fancy software....To be honest I would be better off with a Apollo Twin....I'd probably use it more....but I proffer using my mics and my mic pre's....I enjoy the process....and I beleave in getting the best sound possible from the start....Fixing something in the mix is always going to end in disaster ....so you need a mic-pre....


If you've not seen Dave Grohl's film Sound City...."why not"....the star of the film is Sound City's Neve 8028 analog mixing console....The same desk that Nirvana used for the album Nevermind....The same desk that recorded some of the best music to ever be recorded....So why is the Neve 80 desk so good....it's the 1073 mic pre....Rupert Neve throughout his whole career has been obsessed with creating the perfect EQ circuit....when designing the 1073 Rupert Neve picked the frequencies that he believed to be the perfect range....even boosted into distortion the 1073 still sounds musical....The Carnhill / St Ives transformers Neve used to isolate the audio signal within the 1073 were used because again they sounded the most musical....With the big sound of 70's rock guitar....the sound of Rock n Roll”....the 1073 has never been bettered....


This nicely brings us to Mark Loughman....who is Mark Loughman and more importantly....where is this post going....in short Mark is a ex Mancunian who wanted to be a rock star....Who moved to LA to become said rock star....Started working for Brent Averill Enterprises....Brent Averill was the guy you went to if your 20 year old Neve desk had a problem and needed fixing....Then when recording on old desks became more problematic than they were worth and SSL desks were the law....Brent Averill came up with the idea of racking up old 1073 mic-pres and EQ modules with standalone power supply units so you could record with old Neve mic-pre's at whatever recording studio you were working in....


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But with retirement looming Brent Averill wanted to passed on the reins and sell up....Mark having worked for Brent for nearly a decade was the perfect choice....BAE as the company is now known....has gone on to leave the Repair and Mod work behind and create perfect reproductions of old Neve modules....using the same Carnhill / St Ives transformers Neve used....right down to the same Canford wire used in the originals....BAE has gone on to improve upon the original design....BAE 1073's now have extended frequency ranges....added DI outputs using Jensen transformers and created stand alone versions....the 1073 DMP for the musician on the go....But ultimately reproduction doesn't do justice to what BAE has done with Mark at the helm....Attention to detail bordering on obsessive....and with the tolerances of 70's components nearing 15/20%....while today's tolerances are more like 2/3%....you could say BAE makes 1073's the way Neve never made 1073's....



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As you can tell I'm quite taken with the BAE stuff....and as good as the UA Apollo Twin is....it's not a BAE 1023...."I wouldn't loose an arm for a 1073....but I could easily kill for two 1023L's"....Five grand plus VAT is a lot of money....but so is a Mac book Pro....and that would end up in the bin....where as a 1023 in twenty years would still be a 1023....and still worth 5 grand plus....


Now we come to our destination and the real reason for this post....Not content with being mild mannered BAE Boss by day....Mark Loughman by night is Hong Kong Phooey...."sorry"....Mark Loughman is also a bit of a Rock Star....under the guise of product development no doubt”....releasing a CD of his songs....Mark also likes to help out the local LA unknown's by letting them play on his CD's....People like Matt Sorum....Josh Homme....Steve Sevens and Dr Jonathan Aronoff's louder brother Kenny....Now as I was supposed to do this post months ago....I have a copy of “My Zanzibar is So Fudo” to give away....but as I'm a mess....


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Mark has a new CD out already “Bleedin Aura”....So I ordered two copy's again....one for me and one for you....but Mark's lovely wife Hanni sent a spare....I was hoping for a 1073 Dual DMP....”I'd have been happy with a used one”....So one lucky trendsetter will win a copy of both CD's and a lucky runner up will get a copy of just the new CD "Bleedin Aura"....


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To win just find me on Tweeter...."hint....hint....it's at the top of the Post"....and in my timeline I have put a photo of the Fudo CD....tweet me back on the photo tweet and in 30 days from now....17th April 2016....I will pick 2 winners on 17th May 2016...."I'll pick the winners on YouTube so you can see there has been no cheating"....I will inform the winners on Tweeter and you'll have to send me your address....anyone from anywhere can enter....oo oo oo....nearly forgot....Mark also does a weekly web blog live stream called...."Don't Forget Your Lunchbox"....that you should check out....Thursday 12 noon PST....

youtube.com/baeaudio


This is the new and improved Episode 1....
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Just find the tweet and tweet back for a chance to win....I'm not after your email address or anything like that....it's just a simple give away....I will even pay the Postage to You....Your looking for the photo of the "My Zanzibar is So Fudo" CD....I might have posted it a few weeks back to make you work for it....k.j....

http://markloughman.com/
http://www.baeaudio.com/
and the very marvellous Warren Huart....Produce Like A Pro