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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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Puta Volcano

I came, I saw, I bought the whole digital discography! Another gem in a long string of semi-random finds from either YouTube recommendations, Bandcamp feeds, or the actual ‘you gotta hear this!’ posts in the Waveriders FaceBook group I belong to. (In this case, the latter.)

Puta Volcano from Athens, Greece is a heavy blues band with one foot in the Stoner Rock genre, just great heavy rock that grabs you by the hair and bangs your head while you trip.

I am absolutely loving this new wave of heavy female fronted bands. I can’t stop listening to the likes of High Priestess, Holy Grove, Witchcryer, Year of the Cobra, and countless others that have all seemingly suddenly come into their own. And yes I am 100% tossing Puta Volcano into this list, all hail the queens!

Find Puta Volcano on the web:

https://putavolcano.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/putavolcano/
https://www.facebook.com/putavolcanoband/

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