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Past Perfect Song (Video)

A phone call can sometimes trigger a song. Happened to me some time ago and before I knew I was writing and recording the song.

Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story” they say, so rest assured: this is not autobiographical and I don’t mean anything bad to or for the person that called me. In fact I was happy with that phone call!

About the recording
I’ve used my new studio-equipment for this and some ‘old’ vintage stuff I have.  Yesterday I’ve recorded and mixed the song and during the recording session I’ve filmed large parts of it. Resulting in this video (youtube).

The video is in black and white and in it you see me using my new Harley Benton bass guitar for the first time on a recording. I’ve used it on a few other songs also. Must say I love this bass. It’s plays extremely well and because of it’s five way selector you can create many different sounds suitable for almost any style. Real all round bass guitar!

Recording software:
– Ardour (Linux KXStudio)
– MixCraft 5.2 (final mix)

– McCrypt Condenser Microphone
– BM800 Condenser Microphone
– Behringer UCA222
– SoundTech ST162

– Washburn WD-42S
– Hondo H175
– Harley Benton MM 84A SB Deluxe
– Akai MPK-Mini

The song is also available at SoundCloud but it doesn’t sound that great over there, so if you’re looking for the best audio experience click the video above to play it from Youtube.


House Of The Rising Sun – Live Studio Recording (free download)

The House of the Rising Sun became a world-wide hit for the band The Animals. They didn’t write the song however. In fact, it’s not known who wrote it. The song has been covered by many like Bob Dylan, Dave van Ronk, Gwen Foster, Woody Guthrie and many others. It was one of the first songs I learned to play (with easier chords). Later on, I learned this version when I was in a band.

Most of the time I stick to my own original songs, but this song is one of my personal favorites and will also be included in my upcoming album (yes, there’s a new album in the works!).

The song was recorded at my home recording studio. Video was shot during the recording (click to view on Youtube or watch below). I kept it as pure as possible so there are hardly any effects used except for some reverb on the vocals and master limiter on the end bus. I kept close to the version as the Animals once recorded it but of course it’s my own interpretation in the end.

You can download the song for free at SoundCloud.

Instruments used:
– Hondo H715 (Vintage) guitar
– JoYo JF-14. Fender DeLuxe Amp simulator
– Gretsch g5420t Electromatic with reverb (vst)
– Digitecht TRIO (Bass, Drums)

– BM800 Condenser Microphone
– SoundTech ST162 Mixer
– Behringer UCA222 A/D converter
– KXStudio Ardour Linux Audio Workstation
– ASRock Mini-ITX computer

– Medion Compact Camera (recording)
– Sony Movie Studio (editing)

Thanks for watching.

Home studio upgrade: new vintage mixer (video)

A (vintage) analogue mixer from SoundTech, the SoundTech ST162, has been installed in the studio today. ST162 means 16 channel input, 2 out (stereo out). I connected it to my Ardour Linux Recording Station using the Behringer UCA222 (2 in/2 out AD-converter).

In this video I give a short tour and explain some about the new setup. I also do a little sound test (speech) to hear if the mixer is ‘silent’.  You can’t hear it on the video but when there’s nothing connected there is a little electronic buzz or hiss. I know how to fix that though: simply connect the mixer or the computer on a different power outlet will do the trick.

I replaced my Behringer Eurorack 802 with the SoundTech mixer and also re-arranged the home studio. Looking forward to do some recordings with this new setup!

As far as I know these mixers are no longer available, the brand seems to have gone off the market but I’ve read some very good reviews on several boards online so I’m really curious about it.

It’s not about the gear!

I’m no gear snob at all, and have been working with cheap or free equipment and software for years. This mixer was given to me for free also, by my brother. It was a left over from their church. I also got a 6-channel Teisco Vocal 220 from them. That’s a vocal amp and probably most suitable for little bands and vocal groups. It works fine and since it’s a vintage vocal amp back from the early 70s I’m treating it with great care and have it in my studio also (not in use at the moment).

The SoundTech ST162 has 16 Channels: 16, 2 Buses; 1 Monitor Sends and 3 EQ Bands. It also features: an effects Processor but since it came without a manual I’ll have to try to find some more details online. It’s considered to be “professional audio”. From the fact alone that there’s no website nor any resellers of this brand I suspect it’s at least 25 to 30 years old. The pre-internet era. But it’s probably even older. So “professional audio” from that era is of course not as clean and probably not as good as professional audio equipment they build now but hey, .. I’m not running a big commercial studio anyway. And I happen to like a warm, analogue, sound!

You Sell Everything You’ve Got (And You Sell It Cheap)

Sometimes recording a song is so much fun! Even if the lyrics aren’t that funny… When I drove home a few days ago the chorus of this song “popped in my head” and I parked the car, sung it into my smartphone so I wouldn’t forget it. When at home, I wrote the rest of the lyrics.

Yesterday I recorded the drums and guitars for it, today the vocal track, bass and tambourine. Mixed it and there it is: “You Sell Everything You’ve Got (And You Sell It Cheap)”.  An up-tempo song about girls who are a little too naive…

It’s available on Youtube and on Soundcloud. Since Youtube has better audio compression, here’s the youtube version below.

You Sell Everything You Got
Indie pop-rock song by ©2017 Barking Aunts

Recorded at De ZolderStudio, NL
All instruments, words, music & production by Rudy Brinkman

Drum – PCDrummer PRO
Bass – Harley Benton MM 84A SB DeLuxe
Guitars – Hondo H715 (Vintage)
DAW – Mixcraft, Ardour
Vocal Mic – BM800

DIY USB Audio & new song: The Joke’s On You

A punk rock song (Ramones, Sex Pistols) recorded using the bare minimum for recording: a “DIY” USB Audio interface.

Years ago I posted a video online about how I managed to record using the cheapest USB “interface” you could get at the moment (they’re still available online). Of course this is, for most people, not suitable for recording. But recently when rearranging some stuff around the house I found something interesting: a cheap “karaoke”-set we bought about 10 to 15 years ago for our children.

The Karaoke set has two mic inputs intended for dynamic mic’s. And it has a (stereo) line-out. Long story short: I decided to connect the both together and create a “DIY USB Interface”. Total investment if you’d buy this stuff on eBay will probably less than USD $35.-

It doesn’t look too stylish of course and the Karaoke-unit has been treated bad over the years, it’s dirty and dusty but it still worked and … it has an “echo” and “tone” knob apart from two mic inputs! And, imho, it’s as punk rock as can be recording using such a bare-minimum setup. 🙂

I plugged in my guitars, the bass and finally my Shure Dynamic mic and recorded a track over a hand full of drumloops that come with Mixcraft. The mic inputs handled the guitar and bass well. If you don’t turn up the guitar and bass too loud, it won’t distort at all.

Using a simple karaoke unit it is possible to record using your computer’s soundcard also. I don’t want to do that, since that would give too much latency in my situation. But it would work fine for a singer-songwriter recording guitar and vocals in one take since it has two inputs.

Proof of the pudding!

So without further ado, here’s the track I recorded (it’s loud!). I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording this track! Oh, for the lyrics.. they aren’t that funny or happy. It’s “punk rock”, remember?

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