G’day Suspects!

Greetings to all my old friends, past players and Vigilantes and Rick and The Goose followers.

I’m not doing gigs these days because of family commitments, but I’m spending a lot of time in my studio writing, recording and doing work for other people. Have so far done two albums for Clayton Black, one and a half Rick and The Goose albums, edited some stuff for Jazzworx here in Brisbane and even recorded two albums for an Irish choir among other projects. Got to keep your hand in.

Really enjoying my great new Taylor acoustic and plugging the electric planks into my lovely old amps and pedals. Back to just having fun, like when I was a kid.

Much of this site is about recording, mixing, reviews of gear and software (see the Reviews page) and a bit of general muttering.

Apart from playing guitar on the road for 100 years, I’ve also spent a lot of time behind the desk in studios, from the olden days of splicing tape and working with mono recorders, being the audio guy at Melbourne Uni (the Conservatorium and electronic music studio at the Percy Grainger Centre) way back in the 70’s, to more recently running my own little project studio at home and teaching audio engineering for a while with a really good local school and studio, Vandersound. Hey, Joe!

I also worked as amplification manager for Roland when we introduced the first guitar synthesizer and spent a couple of years touring the country doing in store clinics.

In the late 70’s I was lucky enough to complete the JBL Acoustic Design Certificate course conducted by the legendary studio and monitor speaker designer George Augsperger.

I was ecstatic to get my first four track tape recorder and am still blown away by the huge track count and endless features of modern DAW’s. One thing I’ve learned a long time ago – don’t ever let technology get in the way of the music.

So what does that all mean? Maybe it means I’m pretty old school and unimpressed by bad electronic dance music and cookie cutter pop stars with autotune voices.

I think of the more banal “edm” as corny noises for teddy bears to dance to at the teddy bears’ picnic. How’s that for old and grumpy?! But……..

Luckily, I still find the occasional  gem out there in contemporary music land. Real music and real musicians still exist.

There are many talented people around now who grew up listening to the music their parents were into and are fusing that with modern colours to create a new era of exciting contemporary music, and I appreciate that big time.

For a perfect example of what I’m talking about, check out this excellent track, “Wolf”, from the extremely talented Caiti Baker:


On this site you’ll find some recording tips and tricks and a bunch of plugin reviews. All the plugins reviewed on this site are from my own collection and ones that I use frequently. Some are freeware and the others I’ve bought and paid for. I like to share my experiences with them and hopefully they might be of some use to my fellow audio freaks out there.

I do, however, get a chance to try some of the latest stuff and will post about those when I can.