Well, I’ve spent most of the summer here talking about DIY audio and leading us through several projects. I hope you’ve learned something cool about audio as I waxed on about making it yourself and why that’s so great.
What I love most about DIY audio is that because of the realities of the business, a majority of all types of designs of anything audio related won’t ever be manufactured on a large scale because it costs too much, or because it’s hard to market to the general public.
We don’t see folded horn speakers or single-ended tube amps at the big electronics stores, and we never will. But folded horns are really fun to make, and a single-ended tube circuit can be one of the most simple to construct yourself. Neither can be made insanely cheaply, so they’re not much use to the major corporate brands.
Our DIY subwoofer project, the last in the summer series, is just about finished. By now, if you’ve been building this sub, you’ve got it approximately dialed into the location you chose in the room, and it likely sounds really, really good.
If you want to take things even further and really make it precise, a calibrated microphone like MiniDSP’s Umik omnidirectional will connect to your PC or Mac and interface with a free program called Room Equalization Wizard. Together, these tools will give you very accurate measurements and will spit out exact parameters, which you’ll enter into the Dayton DSP PEQ (parametric equalizer) that we’ve been using to tweak the sub.
MiniDSP.com has incredible documentation to guide you through this step, so I’ll leave it at that. The Umik microphone is what I used to perfect my home stereo system, and it’s very easy to use once you get the steps down.
I’ve written about the Demitro kids of Boulder before, how so much rock ‘n’ roll comes out of the family that their childhood home must be built on a burial ground or something. I stand by that.
The Velveteers took the spotlight last year, but older siblings Jon and Lulu are reestablishing themselves as the reigning family band with their trio Pink Fuzz’s new album “Speed Demon,” just released.
Pink Fuzz rock is like a cross between a rusted El Camino and a dangerous drifter. I stand by that one, too.
Check out the album, and really, you want to catch these maniacs on tour. Head to pinkfuzzband.com for dates and more info.
By the river
If you’re into audiophile sound, natural reverberant spaces and eye-popping virtuosity, then I have a concert for you.
I volunteer for the nonprofit Center for Musical Arts in Lafayette, hosting a (mostly) local music concert series in the fall and through the new year. I tap the area’s best acoustic talent to play mostly un-amplified in an old, beautifully designed wooden chapel.
Next Wednesday, Sept. 26, will be the first show of the new season, featuring California-based folk group The Riverside. To find out more about the show and the nonprofit, visit theriverside.brownpapertickets.com.