Blog (Stories and Rants by Dan Alexander)

An Interesting Experience with Hanging Traps

In 1984 and 1985 our crew spent a year rebuilding and requipping Studio C at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. In addition to acoustically and cosmetically reworking the studio room itself, we installed a 40-input API console and a set of speakers that were an...

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Available: 2 Calrec J Series 8 channel input buckets

Vintage discrete Calrec mic/line equalizer modules offer the most desirable sonic traits of vintage Neve and  API. They combine a snappy, fast, open high end like an API with a punchy in-your-face low frequency clarity that arguably offers the best low frequency...

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Weird Tools

I've been buying and selling guitars for 54 years. I've been building guitars for 2 years. The resulting guitar shaped objects are approaching mediocrity. I have no prior training with any kind of tools or woodworking. Like most beginners, I've been buying the...

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3,000 Tubes for Sale!

We have an extensive list of about 3,000 tubes for sale, most of which are NOS (New Old Stock) and NIB (New In Box). Here is a link to access the list. If you highlight the link and right click it, you can open it. If you're interested in any tubes, call or email Dan,...

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Check out our new YouTube video channel!

We have just uploaded the first three videos to our new YouTube channel. Just search Dan Alexander Audio on YouTube or click on the link below. I'll be adding numerous additional videos very soon. I'll also be doing interviews with many of my friends in the audio...

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Uncle Jack’s Guitar

My dad had two brothers: my wonderful Uncles Bill and Jack. The oldest brother Jack and his family lived in Hewlett, Long Island. My folks moved from NYC to Buffalo when I was 5. I started playing guitar when I was 14. At some point soon thereafter, we were visiting...

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When the better mic isn’t better

  When The Better Mic Isn't Better....... I was trying to sell a microphone to a well known voice over studio in Los Angeles. They had numerous studios, all dedicated to recording voice talent. Their standard microphone was a Sennheiser long shotgun mic, maybe an...

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Anyone Want a Neve Part?

It never fails to impress me how much human labor went into building 80 Series Neve consoles. I am referring to desks built from about 1970 – 1978. Neve had 500 employees! They must have bought the tea in bales … Check this out: the wiring looms for the consoles went...

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Guest blog by Michael James, producer

The Hole Truth (from December 30, 2015) I recall the conversation as if it were yesterday: “You really need to produce this band. They’re going to be HUGE!” Bruce Pavitt, one of the two principals at SubPop Records, was calling me from Seattle, long-distance, back in...

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