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jerry tubb

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Dec 21 16 6:26 AM

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So what have you got planned for 2017?

Thankfully, 2016 has been another good year for us at Terra Nova.

lots of work & a few challenges, about the same as 2015 really, holding steady.

it's our last day of work for the year, final sessions & wrapping things up, taking 10-12 days off to enjoy the holidays & family.

one project to finish up for a repeat client from Houston, after exchanging gifts with our crew.

Nick & I have both amped up our exercise routines, especially Nick!

its amazing what it does for your mental clarity and endurance in sessions.

inevitably, I'll have a few loose ends to tidy up during the holidays, upload a DDP, etc

but I generally power down for a few days & give it a rest!

i would say for us it's ~steady as she goes~ for 2017, onward and a slight grade upward.

Best Regards & Happy Holidays,

JT
 
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morespaceecho

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Dec 21 16 1:47 PM

building a new studio. current one has been slowly emptying for the past week, it's getting shut down for good tomorrow.

getting used to country living again after 23 years in the city. really looking forward to it.

finally getting my 'record label' up online and putting out some new records.

hopefully staying in business for another year. 2016 was pretty good for business, although it totally sucked for everything else!

happy holidays everyone!

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Dec 21 16 2:26 PM

2016 involved the complete switch to IP infrastructure for all the audio systems.

2017 will involve a complete switch to Linux for audio and rendering systems, joining all the video systems.

2018 will involve moving the video systems to the IP infrastructure.

It has been a long process but the idea is to soon have two permanent locations with a mobile satellite unit all linked by fibre, with each location simply being a node on a network. 

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Dec 21 16 4:12 PM

1. "Finish" the console. It's been installed since January 2014. I know where the weak spots are. Thankfully most weaknesses are of a utility type rather than an an audio type. Hopefully by NY AES.
2. Once the console is done try to steer the businees more toward direct from tape to lacquer mastering and from the original tapes reissue work. 
3. Get some "products" going. I'm doing a made to order commercial version of Wayne Kirkwood's Phono Transfer System. I am hopefull that they will sell a handfull a year. I have ideas on how to turn some Wayne's DIY boards into more commercial like products. I think the widener board could become something unique and cool.
4. Finish redoing the look and acoustics of the room.
5. Lots more stuff if it makes sense.

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Dec 22 16 9:05 AM

compasspnt wrote:

2017 should be my best and "biggest" year yet.

I can't talk about most of the planned projects yet, but hopefully they will be apparent soon.

Best for the future to everyone here!


I'm waiting on the Lucas SDC's

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Dec 22 16 12:28 PM

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The way I feel now is "I will delver the goods and for cheaper than what you've paid in the past, so take it or leave it". People in this industry like big egos and I've never had one. Maybe if I did I'd be miles ahead. Who knows. At my age I do not care anymore.

Delivering the goods and not caring about the rest is the only sane route. Fill your life with lots of other things outside the studio and work will continue to be fun.

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Dec 22 16 4:43 PM

natenajar wrote:
compasspnt wrote:

2017 should be my best and "biggest" year yet.

I can't talk about most of the planned projects yet, but hopefully they will be apparent soon.

Best for the future to everyone here!


I'm waiting on the Lucas SDC's




That is indeed one of the projects!


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Dec 23 16 3:57 AM

2016 has been good to me, and probably my best year (again), which is surprising. My wife gave birth to two healthy twin girls 6 months ago, and I was going to try to book a little less work for the remaining year, but the numbers tell me that I surpassed 2015 in November. When did I do all of the work, I have no idea.

For 2017, finishing my lathe is a priority. Late 2015, I already did test cuts with it, but ever since the news about the twins came out, I switched to finishing some renovation work at the house (more to come next summer), so the lathe has been standing still. It needs to be done.

Enjoy some time off, good people! It's good to hear from you.

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Dec 23 16 6:39 AM

Spending more money to help those that can't eat and sending out general vibes of compassion for the world.

That, and building a nuclear bomb shelter. I figure If I can pickup a shotgun a bunch of ammo and many cans of food, I should be able to survive the nuclear winter.

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Dec 23 16 8:02 AM

gr wrote:

silvertone wrote:The way I feel now is "I will delver the goods and for cheaper than what you've paid in the past, so take it or leave it". People in this industry like big egos and I've never had one. Maybe if I did I'd be miles ahead. Who knows. At my age I do not care anymore.
 

Delivering the goods and not caring about the rest is the only sane route. Fill your life with lots of other things outside the studio and work will continue to be fun.

Yes, activities outside the studio for balance. For the past few years mine has been hiking, usually a 13.5 mile half marathon hike once per weekend, on one of The local Greenbelts and a few other shorter hikes during the workweek. Occasionally a longer hike, last month I did a 21 miler once. Distance hiking and walking takes lots of time, but it burns off the stress of being self employed, gives you time to think (or not) & connects you with nature. When I get back in the studio on Monday morning I feel totally refreshed and ready for a busy week of sessions.
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Dec 23 16 3:05 PM

viitalahde wrote:
2016 has been good to me, and probably my best year (again), which is surprising. My wife gave birth to two healthy twin girls 6 months ago, 

 
Congratulations! I thought you had been kind of quiet this year. That's a good reason.

Now I can start enjoying my mountain cabin. This is the first time I don't have a lot of pressure to get stuff done so we can stay and be comfortable. Now I have a once a month escape valve. It should help a lot. There has been a lot of snow where we are. We have the snow shoes ready to go. 

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Dec 23 16 11:06 PM

Plans for 2017 include being as passionate about mastering as I was in the beginning. My love for this job continues to grow even after nearly two decades. These days, I typically do a 4 day work week, Mon-Tues, Thurs-Fri, and take Wednesday and the weekends off to go fly fishing, mountain biking, and hiking with the wife & dogs. I love work, I love life outside of work. Together, they work in harmony. And beers. May 2017 be filled with many delicious beers.

Shawn Hatfield www.audibleoddities.com

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Dec 24 16 6:53 AM

Great topic, Jerry. Finally things are quiet enough to catch up on some reading.

One of the greatest challenges for me has simply been how to share the word about so many amazing new releases without overwhelming others. I've reminded myself how relatively simple it is to gift purchases for those who would appreciate a download or free streaming of a brand new release.

There are the ever-incremental upgrades to enjoy (the past year: had the amps re-capped, the Duns' 10" drivers replaced, some gremlins exorcised, and helped a cutting/pressing plant identify some improvements at their end). And a new, headroomier, reduced-noise, improved clock DAC/Class A pre-amp for home, and other ideas.

A new logo and website. Likely some internet connection upgrades (even at home, we had no 'net for almost a month due to water damage on the copper line, such is the infrastructure here in parts).

Industry advice for new clients has only increasingly proven vital, so that will continue whether it be regarding radio and education on the national independent airplay initiative, to the merits of Bandcamp et al, the usual mastering/production chats, and on keeping side lengths short enough vinyl release. And quite possibly a surcharge for anyone using the term "vinyls".

Ditto: more of a life outside of work, to get out of town more often. And further supporting clients/artists who support us. (I'm amazed I once had the time and energy to also play in bands and more. It's been difficult to meet this year's goal of getting to a gig or two a month. I just can't do late nights after a long day in the studio, or if I've a session next morning).

I walk daily, although really ought to be cycling to work more. (I'm practically traumatized by so much long distance cycling and head winds as a teenager). For commuting, got to get my stamina back.

Further ethical investing of business funds. (Two years ago I shifted to a non-profit, community bank. Super/retirement funds are next. Supporting aid agencies or crisis appeals is one thing. Pulling your $ from funding weapons and subsequent refugee crises and environmental damage in the first place is another.

And crucially: continuing to be inspired by every project, always with a clean slate approach, allowing each the time it needs (increasingly involving fine editing, in my experience). Maintaining that vital processing balance between less-is-more but also whatever-it-takes; objectivity whilst also embracing a musical connection with the project. Oh, and allowing for practically every second project lately to also be pre-mastered for vinyl...

Happy Festivus/pavlova (that's a thing here) time to all. Here's to a healthy, peaceful and productive new year.

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Dec 24 16 8:06 AM

We are doing more and more restoration work and transfer work. I had to purchase or build some new equipment for all this work which has kept me busy in the tech lab. My analog transfer console is about 50% complete and I am working on getting it finished up next year. Lots of studio improvements including a new Aeron Chair and all LED lighting.

In 2016 I restored three Otari MTR-10 machines for a client. Our agreement was that I could keep one of the machines for the work I did. I sold my older MTR-10 to a audiophile in Cincinnati and he recapped it and is using it for playback of tapes in his collection.

I also got a chance to do some on location recording for a viola music conference at the local college. We did both audio and video and it turned out great.

I got a chance to do a lot more mastering this year for some internet clients and all the projects were fun to do.

2016 has been a very good year with GREAT interns and lots of different, interesting projects. I am looking forward to an even better year in 2017.

The only downside this year was that I keep getting more and more musicians looking for cheap work or to have me do their mastering for free. They all say that they are not getting the gigs like they use to and most shows now are "pay to play" at the local clubs and bars. I really feel for them but I have to keep the lights on myself.

I wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year in 2017.

-TOM-
Thomas W. Bethel
Managing Director, Acoustik Musik, Ltd.
www.acoustikmusik.com/
Celebrating 22 years in business in 2017

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Dec 25 16 1:45 PM

Hmm I do not plan anymore :). My plans for 2016 changed 180 degrees several times, it was crazy year, I hope 2017 won't be as mad. 
Oh, one thing for sure (I hope) no matter what happens: Dangerous compressor, I have to get it :)

Happy Holidays and 2017!
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Dec 27 16 6:17 PM

Great thread!  

Biggest change for me heading into 2017 is a rather significant rate bump.  I have many reasons for doing so but ultimately it just comes down to wanting to weed out some of the less serious artists while at the same time not looking like some kind of ‘budget” mastering studio.  Been at this far to long to want to give off that impression.. 

Also, for once I can say I don’t have any major equipment purchases/upgrades planned this year (although that can of course change on a dime).  Just been super content with my setup.  In 2016 I upgraded my monitoring DAC (Benchmark DAC1 to Benchmark DAC2 DX), amps (Hypex UcD400HG’s to Hypex Ncore 500’s) and added a metering unit (McCurdy ATS-100).  Extremely happy with all these buys. 

Looking forward to whatever 2017 brings!!

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Dec 29 16 8:22 AM

I have lots of aspirations for 2017.

I must not talk about them, not out of secrecy but because I know my tendencies, and I can fall victim to expending so much energy talking and planning that it feels like I've actually DONE something even when I have not.

brad allen williams

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Dec 29 16 8:53 AM

my tendencies are similar, except instead of talking substitute 'sitting and thinking'. fortunately i can't sit and think a new studio into existence, so there will have to be some good old fashioned manual labor involved.

larry, i think you would love the foote compressors. P3S ME here, it's anything but heavy handed.

i'm bumping up my rate a little too, once the new studio's done.

gotta go and buy a house now, BRB.
 

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Dec 29 16 1:47 PM

Finally got the new studios finished in Pasadena and they are exceeding all expectations, now we need to button up the last bits of construction and finish the offices, one of which will be the Los Angeles headquarters for Northward Acoustics, and the lounges. I also bought a country house in NorCal that we are renovating, it's a big job but we've made a lot of progress since May. Have a couple consulting projects in the works for 2017 that look interesting.

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