Cricket studios - Bologna, Italy

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Cricket studios - Bologna, Italy

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Hi all

Some shots from my studio (http://cricketstudios.it) :

DIY quadratic diffuser:
http://emillo.net/download/indipendensdei.jpg

Tracking room:
http://emillo.net/download/studio.jpg

Mixer (soundcraft rac-pac), outboards, interface (staudio dsp2000 c-port):
http://emillo.net/download/mixer-interface.jpg

Yamaha AW2400 & Revox PR99:
http://emillo.net/download/workstation.jpg

Ciao
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Nice Nice, especially the instruments! And your 'acoustic tools' are interesting...

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studio32 wrote:Nice Nice, especially the instruments! And your 'acoustic tools' are interesting...

Ah I have lots of instruments...

Let's see...

Keyboards
an upright piano (needs tuning)
a Korg MS2000
a Behringer UMX61
a strange electric organ (more of an electric accordion) paid 10 eur.

Guitars:
one nice classical (alhambra)
one nice folk (yamaha)
one ovation (sort of folk with carbonium back)
two electric (one tele and one really cheap strato)
one electroacustic (some bulgarian copy of a gibson)
two really old (from the '50) strange guitars


Other string instruments:
a danelectro bass
one double bass (romanian)
two cheap chinese violins
one nice cuatro (lovely venezuelan instrument)
one bouzuki (greek instrument)
one cheap mandolin

Other
many percussions (maracas, guiro, triangle, shakers, darbuka, tambourines, etc..)
one flute traverso and many whistles and recorders
various harps + an harp set (one harp for each key) and a chromatic harp (difficult!)
a SUPER NICE chromatic accordion
two borrowed trumpets (a yamaha and an old one)
a yamaha trombone
a nasty clarinet
a not-so-good alto sax
a melodica (mouth keyboard - don't know how you call it in english)
a nice (although chinese) gretsch drumkit + cymbals
a fender deluxe reverb (nice tube guitar amp)
a fender power chorus (nice, but not as nice as the previous)
a montarbo bass amp with a huge cone



As far as room treating is all home made, basically I have five or six panels 60x120cm made out of light plywood + one sheet of rockwool all wrapped in a nice fabric (you can see two ofthose in the photo).

Then I made those diffusers out of a project that I found online. Apparently has been removed but there's a copy here: http://web.archive.org/web/200712191106 ... lator.html

I bought a styrofoam cutter (about 100 EUR and cutting that is one of the funniest things I've done :))

The photo shows 4 of them, Each is 60x60cm, I have another hanging on a wall.

Some timid bass trap on the corners, again wood and rockwool. Bass is difficult and expensive to control, unfortunately...

I'll leave gear and microphones for another post ;-)

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*is getting on his chair again..

Wow, this is how a linux audio studio should look like imho. A (real) instrument based studio! :)

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Very nice! And in Bologna, as well. I'm hoping to get to your part of the world next year. I want to go to the Ducati factory and museum. :)

Nice studio and instruments. I wish I had the space and money for something similar. What are you using Linux for in your studio? Are you using Ardour as your main DAW or are you using Linux for something different?
emillo wrote: a melodica (mouth keyboard - don't know how you call it in english)
If you're referring to the instrument I think you are, it would be called a Harmonica in English.

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ntnunk wrote:Very nice! And in Bologna, as well. I'm hoping to get to your part of the world next year. I want to go to the Ducati factory and museum. :)

Nice studio and instruments. I wish I had the space and money for something similar. What are you using Linux for in your studio? Are you using Ardour as your main DAW or are you using Linux for something different?

I'm using GNU/Linux for every computer need since many years (at least 10) and of course I use ardour as my main (software) DAW - I also have a Yamaha workstation that's quicker for tracking with a multi-mike setup, so I tend to use that lately. Ardour + gcdmaster are the super-combo for mastering and cd writing here.

Speaking of museums :-) I also acquired some tape recorders (on many formats none of them "professional": half inch, quarter inch and cassette). If It's rock I like to track the base tracks on tape and then trasfer to the DAW (ardour or yamaha). I love tape as creative tool: like life, it's not perfect, and slightly different each time. Linear, straightforward.

I use abc for lead sheets, mhwaveedit as casual audio editor, mplayer as universal player, I'm very willing to learn csound, but it's hard. I explored also pd.

Zynaddsubfx of course, and qsynth sometimes. Aeolus and linuxsampler.

Hydrogen (I made some kits for it too): I had fun with it in the past and occasionally use it. Another one lost in the passage to 64bit was Freehwheeling: pure fun with that.

I used some trackers too, mainly soundtracker and milkytracker.

Speaking of sequencers, my favourite was muse (devleopment seems halted, though - at least the 1.x branch), I felt that its timing was better... but I also used rosegarden in more than one occasion. In this area there's room for improvement, for sure ;-) I miss expecially "groove templates", if you know what I mean.

And a million other wonderful pieces of software I don't recall now... video tools for example... timidity... lilypond (not as hard as csound...but not easy) the all-mighty ecasound... etc...

I used in order RedHat(5.x was my first GNU/Linux), SuSE(7.x,8.x,9.x), Planet CCRMA on RH 8, Demudi, 64studio which eventually landed me to debian (now I have a lenny/64studio hybrid) and I must say debian is here to stay :)

I use GNU/Linux for my day telejob too, so that has been a route that paid for me, and I'm very happy of that. The only drawback is that I sit at the computer at least twelve hours a day :-/

As if it were not enough, I teach a GNU/Linux course for newbies (lot of interest lately, due mainly to those netbooks with linux preinstalled)
ntnunk wrote:
emillo wrote: a melodica (mouth keyboard - don't know how you call it in english)
If you're referring to the instrument I think you are, it would be called a Harmonica in English.
Hmm... no, I'm referring to this:

http://www.melodicas.com

So I guess it's still "melodica" in english too... or "wind piano"


Ciao :-)

PS: Sorry for the long post, I hope my self-teached english is understandable...
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emillo wrote: I use GNU/Linux for my day telejob too, so that has been a route that paid for me, and I'm very happy of that. The only drawback is that I sit at the computer at least twelve hours a day :-/
Me too! I spend 8-10 hours at work writing software, documentation, doing 3D graphics, etc. (all in Windows, unfortunately) and then go home and spend another several hours on Linux writing more code, doing 3D graphics (I'm trying to learn Blender) or working on music projects with Ubuntu Studio.
emillo wrote: Hmm... no, I'm referring to this:

http://www.melodicas.com

So I guess it's still "melodica" in english too... or "wind piano"
Sorry, I guess I was mistaken. I've never even seen one of those things. :)
emillio wrote: PS: Sorry for the long post, I hope my self-teached english is understandable...
I don't know about your spoken English, but your writing is better than a large percentage of the native English-speakers I know. And no, I'm NOT kidding! :lol:

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ntnunk wrote:
emillo wrote: I use GNU/Linux for my day telejob too, so that has been a route that paid for me, and I'm very happy of that. The only drawback is that I sit at the computer at least twelve hours a day :-/
Me too! I spend 8-10 hours at work writing software, documentation, doing 3D graphics, etc. (all in Windows, unfortunately) and then go home and spend another several hours on Linux writing more code, doing 3D graphics (I'm trying to learn Blender) or working on music projects with Ubuntu Studio.
emillo wrote: Hmm... no, I'm referring to this:

http://www.melodicas.com

So I guess it's still "melodica" in english too... or "wind piano"
Sorry, I guess I was mistaken. I've never even seen one of those things. :)
emillio wrote: PS: Sorry for the long post, I hope my self-teached english is understandable...
I don't know about your spoken English, but your writing is better than a large percentage of the native English-speakers I know. And no, I'm NOT kidding! :lol:
Thank you...
Well my spoken english is close to zero because I don't use it at all in the real world. I'm beginning to learn to understand when it's spoken by others by watching films or telefilms in english with subtitles. Without subtitles I grasp about a 50% of the meaning, so I'm still learning.
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Yeah, no joke. I'm a native English speaker and I'm terrible at spelling. Just horrible... But I love Italian! And Radio Italia.it! Solo musica Italiana. :)
-Matt

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MattKingUSA wrote:But I love Italian! And Radio Italia.it! Solo musica Italiana. :)
I'm actually trying to learn Italian. I just got the Rosetta Stone Italian levels 1-3 (it runs great with WINE!) and I'm working on level 1 now. I'd love to get fluent!
emillo wrote: Well my spoken english is close to zero because I don't use it at all in the real world. I'm beginning to learn to understand when it's spoken by others by watching films or telefilms in english with subtitles. Without subtitles I grasp about a 50% of the meaning, so I'm still learning.
Well you're doing very well with the writing. Truthfully, if I saw your writing in an email or something I'd think you were a native speaker. Maybe when I'm a LOT farther along with my Italian we can set up some Skype calls and practice on each other! :D

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Nice studio.. yeah! 8) .. specially the room with the instruments..

Regarding the Skyline Diffuser.. I had never heard about that.. the first time I've seen it (in this post) I thought it was a piece of art :D
I've found a document that explains the main ideas behind them in a comprehensive way, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/reports/1990-15.pdf

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What has happened to the West Indies cricket?
Well it's Saturday morning and again England are continuing to pile on the runs.Being a cricket fan since the mid 70s,when West Indies were the best side ever,it got me thinking again, why are they in such sharp decline?
One time they had a whole conveyor belt of wonderful fast bowlers and there was a time when just Barbados alone would have beaten England.Now their bowling is as lethal as park cricket.So what do you think is the reason(s) for their decline from top dogs to one of the worst test playing sides?

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