Cable questions

My friends think I’m odd. Weird things like fonts and cable connections make me smile. I spend hours reading about mic placement and CSS float rules. And I don’t like socks. all of these together make me a geek, I guess. Which is why I’m annoyed today.

I’m trying to find the answer to a sound geek question, and I can’t get to an answer. The question in question is whether or not using an XLR to 1/4 Jack will deliver a lower quality signal hen compared to an XLR to XLR mic cable.

The reason this particular question has captured my attention span is because I’m thinking of getting a new mixing desk for the StereoType Records live performances. The desk has 8 x 1/4 line ins with mic preamps. I’d like to mic our drum set using the line jacks and save the XLR inputs for the lead and backing vocals, but I’ worried that this might not be as good as sending the drum signal straight to XLR.

If XLR is better, it means finding a different and more expensive desk which can take all the mic ins that we need. Bleh.

If you know the answer let me know.

Custom dashboards in WordPress

For the last few weeks I’ve been quietly working on the revamped marketing plan for the next year here at StereoType Records.

Now, the StereoType Records website runs on WordPress, which is a great platform, but one that can take a bit of time to get your head around.
One of the things that I need to do is do present registered users with a branded, customized dashboard. The default one is a little confusing if you’re a new user and our brand is badly represented.
So far, I’ve managed to customize the registration page as well as the registration email that is sent to new users, but all of that is almost pointless if the user lands on a boring, unbranded Dashboard.
I’m sure that all it’s going to take is a bit of time until I can figure out how to do this, but in the mean time, have you tried this before? Did it work for you?
Please let me know how you managed to style and brand your WordPress dashboard for different user roles.
And yes, I do realize the irony of blogging about WordPress customization on a bloger blog.

Look Ma, I’m on TV

I’ve always that it would be cool to have my own TV show. You know, sit around and talk with cool people about cool stuff. Sort of like Ellen without being gay. Or blonde. Or a woman. Anyway, last week the myself and the rest of the team at StereoType Records launched a new YouTube channel called StereoType Live.

Each week I get to interview a new artist and chat to them about live, music, performing and anything that they might find interesting. Except shoes. I don’t talk about shoes. Ever.
Anyway, here is the first video from the series where I get to spend a few minutes with singing sensation Chad Saaiman.

Chad Saaiman wins the best of Cape Town award for Best Performing Artist!

I’m so excited- I’m typing this live from the Goodhope Fm Best of Cape Town awards and Chad Saaiman just took the award for Best Performing Artist. Now I KNOW that StereoType Records will be taking over this city!

Just wait until they get wind of Byron Clarke and Lloyd Jansen. The best is yet to come. Well done Chad. Being the winner of The Best of Cape Town award is no mean feat.

StereoType Records over and out :-)