May 2010

JoeCo BlackBox Front

Ok, with a name like JoeCo, how could I resist?  

Seriously, it had nothing to do with the name; I was hooked on this box and what it could do for us the moment I saw it at AES last fall in NYC.  I wanted one as soon as they got the bugs out and had them in production in the USA.     I had dumped our clumsy Fostex 24 tracker a while ago, and was in the market for something with high track counts for our larger concert recordings and soundtrack work.    The JoeCo Black box is perfect for our needs.

Offiicial pic of the JoeCo black box. Very cool!

 Our first offical use of the box was Saturday, May 1st, and my assistant Charlie Kaier got his feet wet with it quickly; we recorded a double bill at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman theater, recording the final night of Jazz Upclose, show #5, with vocalists Denise King and Vanisaa Sante, each with their own bands.   We run a 1-to-1 27-pair split from the onstage mic lines, with our own console backstage, so the JoeCo couldn’t be easier to implement with 24 insert (or balanced line) inputs, via D-25 connectors.

Just a little bit more techie info for those wanting to know more:  It’s a stand-alone, single space rack unit that uses your own USB 2.0 Hard drive (Formatted to FAT32) and very little else.  User controls are all on the front panel, and the users manual takes about 15 minutes to master.   We were up and running fast; as soon as we got the console & mic cables plugged in. It’s really that simple.   

Afterwards, back in the studio, all the files came up as standard broadcast .WAV files (in our case, 24/44, but it will go as high as 24/96, 24 tracks, with no issues.)    MIxing in Sequoia was a breeze, and the files worked perfectly; the sound is flawless and totally transparant.   Aside from a few minor issues with the control buttons (look for more in a MIX review to come soon, from Mix’s Technical Editor Kevin Becka), the JoeCo Black box does exactly what it’s supposed to do, without a glitch or hitch anywhere.

One more pic of the JoeCo black box from the rear, with more info at:

(Thanks and a big shout-out to Ben Porter at Sweetwater for getting our unit out quickly and in time for the gig!)

BSO Onstage, April 30, 2010

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Marin Alsop, with Gil Shaham, violin

On April 29, 30 and May 1st, I travelled to Baltimore to record Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony orchestra, featuring a world premiere work by Jonathan Leshnoff, entitled: Starburst, as well as Violinist Gil Shaham in a performance of Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major and last but not least, the mighty Rachmaninoff Symphony #2, which will be edited and posted online for BSO fans and subscribers.  What a wonderful orchestra; great staff and hall.   The Meyerhoff is a gem of space to perform and record.   Bravi!

Gil Shaham

Gil Shaham with the BSO performing Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D, Marin Alsop Conducting, April 30, 2010