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Rick's Rap   - June 2003

      The Star Diner outdoor gig scheduled for the 7th was rained out. Major bummer, dudes and dudettes!

      Serious health problems (involving hospitalization and/or surgery) have beset half of the members of the Rock Creek Band organization, resulting in a big time glitch in our heretofore break-neck forward progress. I remember the days when if a band member said they were having a health problem, they were probably referring to a worse than usual hangover.

      Our practice sessions have been seldom and sporatic, and when we have gotten together we've pretty much just tried to keep our chops up, as opposed to accumulating new material and arrangements. The promo package is pretty much static, and Eric is the only one actively looking for bookings.

      The recording setup is waiting on parts that are estimated to be restocked in August. The pc hard drive that we installed for temporary mixdown files died, and we've got to get around to exchanging it while it's still under warranty.

      We did get around to checking out the dual mic experiment. The cheap mics I used apparently weren't well enough matched to totally cancel out all feedback, but they did suppress it well enough for us to get excruciatingly loud in Eric's basement. When we get the live recording setup in operation, we should be able to use this technique to get some reasonably good isolation on the vocal tracks. Like the brain dead cretins that we are, however, once we determined that we could get really loud before feeding back, we didn't turn back down to a reasonable practice level. I wore earplugs for the session, but Eric didn't, and he sent me an agitated email to inform me that his ears were ringing for days afterward.

      When Barb was looking for gigs, she found some places that expressed an interest in acoustic music. I don't believe they paid much, (I'm thinkin' tip jar), and some were for evenings during the week. Eric and Doc have indicated that these constraints are show stoppers. I spoke with Bob and Lukas, and they were both favorably inclined to put together an acoustic trio and see what we can find.

      With this in mind I bought a small Carvin PA. It's a 6 channel powered mixer with 2 speakers and stands. The speakers weigh 24 lb each (I've reached an age where equipment weight is a primary parameter). The head weighs 18 lb, it puts out 200W mono for the mains, and it has a preamp monitor mix out. I don't think we'll need monitors, but if we do I can pick up a power amp, and use the Bose 802 speakers.

      Now we have to find some times to get together and work out some acoustic arrangements, put together a demo package, and find some gigs. I suppose the proper attitude here is to just keep plugging away, and figure that things will happen when they happen.

     

      Stay tuned,

Rick

               
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