Mojo’s Pick of the Week: Clutch “Evil”

Clutch Vault SeriesClutch‘s Neil Fallon posted on social media this week that though the band is taking some “sorely needed” post-tour time off, they’ve gotten bored and recorded some new songs. These songs will released over the course of the summer and called the “Weathermaker Vault Series”.

The first of these releases is a cover of “Evil” by Willie Dixon and damn but if it isn’t as good as any commercial Clutch release! Surprise, I know. Love these guys.

Stream “Evil” on YouTube here:

The Weathermaker Vault Series:

https://orcd.co/weathermakervaultseries

Clutch on the web:

http://www.pro-rock.com/
https://twitter.com/clutchofficial
https://www.facebook.com/Clutchband
https://www.instagram.com/clutchofficial

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast

The Six Figure Home Studio PodcastBrian Hood and Chris Graham are so smart and so full of modern business savvy that it knocks me off my feet. In fact, after listening to a few cherry-picked episodes of their Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, I was so blown away by their wisdom and advice that I went back and started at episode one, and am working my way through the entire series. And each episode rocks my world.

From setting up your website for success, to personal growth and integrity, there’s no stone left unturned. And the chemistry between the two is impressive as well — they’ve clearly become very good friends during their tenure as cohosts of the podcast. Brian is a mix engineer, Chris is a mastering engineer. Both are whip smart, well read, and busting with business savvy, which is something I have never been. They are my new mentors. My only problem now is pacing myself so I don’t try to implement all of their advice at once!

Important note: this podcast is roughly 80% about how to smartly run a small business and probably 20% or less about actual audio production. In fact, any creative or service-based entrepreneur, from graphic designer to songwriter, who is attempting to monetize their service in the modern world, would benefit from Brian and Chris’ weekly kick in the pants.

In addition to the podcast itself (and related YouTube channel), the weekly show notes include links and downloads and extra advice and resources, so all told it’s really like a free business school aimed at online entrepreneurs. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast
Podcast – https://www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/podcast/
Blog – https://www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/category/blog/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/thesixfigurehomestudio

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – USB Cassette Player

USB CassetteI’m pretty excited about this random eBay purchase! Honestly I just wanted a portable cassette player so I could listen to tapes of my old band to pinch ideas from. Having the option to record via USB right into the DAW was just a bonus, especially for $15 new!

Officially it’s called the “Super USB Cassette Capture” and it’s got that made in China cheapness about the plastic. But it does feel solid mechanically and definitely does exactly what it says it does: play cassettes and offer a USB computer interface to record from cassette into a Digital Audio Workstation.

Included in the package: cassette player, mini USB cable, cheap earbuds, instruction manual in reasonable English, and a 3″ minidisc containing Audacity, the free Open Source DAW. The instruction manual also gives the web addresses for downloading both Audacity and Lame (which it recommends to use for making MP3s). If you already have Garageband or any DAW at all, you don’t need any additional software. 

Not included: 9v adapter, batteries.

Controls: play, stop, eject, fast forward, rewind, volume, dir (direction) and auto-reverse on/off.

Outputs: 1/8 phono (headphone) and what I understand is a USB 2.0 Mini B connector.

The manual says it will run on USB power. Otherwise, 2 AA batteries are required.

I was able to record very easily into Logic by connecting the USB cable, selecting input device “USB PnP Audio Device”, arming an empty track and hitting record, then playing the cassette. The only variable was the cassette player volume, which determines the input level, but the recording was clean.

USB Cassette Logic Setting

USB Cassette Player

Very happy with this purchase so far, definitely worth $15!

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