Saturday, August 02, 2014

"Chronological Order" - Update

There was a nice bump in sales for the month of March.  The fact that there was a bump, tells me that people are listening and may have told their friends. 
Thanks to all of you who support my work.

"Chronological Order" is now available at these locations.

Apple iTunes
Google Play


You can also buy the physical CD below.
 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Neumann TLM-170i Microphone - Studio Addition

Another, newly acquired Neumann TLM-170i.  This is third TLM-170 that came from Buck Owen's studio.  It is in excellent condition.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Neumann TLM-170r Microphone - Studio Addition

A newly acquired Neumann TLM-170r.  This microphone came from Buck Owen's studio - mostly unused.  It is in excellent condition.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sony MU-R201 Reverb Repair

The Sony MU-R201 has always been one of my favorite "hidden gem" reverb units.  It has some small room and dual-reverb algorithms that sound extremely good.  I have some friends that also have this unit and they have had some problems.  Until recently, mine has operated flawlessly.  Mine developed an intermittent loss of audio with a low level digital noise and hum.  Lightly banging on the unit would bring it back to life for a few minutes.   I pulled the covers off (lots of screws) and did a visual inspection of that large circuit board.  You really have to look closely with a magnifier.  I found grounding solder joints that had given way either from vibration, heat or they were poorly soldered from the factory.  I sweat the joints pictured below.  They are part of a grounding rail system that is a strip on the top side of the board.  You can't miss them.  There are 3 of them.  That solved my problem and most of my friend's problems.  The unit is worth repairing. 
Good luck!


Monday, April 07, 2014

Teac X-1000R Rebuild

Just replaced the belt, lubricated and aligned this very nice Teac X-1000R machine.  Now, it goes back into the reel-to-reel transfer tape machine corral.



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sony TC-758 Rebuild

Just replaced the belts, lubricated and aligned this very nice Sony TC-758 machine.  Now, it goes back into the reel-to-reel transfer tape machine corral.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Shure Model 556 "Unidyne" Dynamic Microphone - Studio Addition

Just finished rebuilding this very nice Shure 556 "Unidyne" dynamic microphone.  Sounds great on guitar cabs.



 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Neumann TLM-170i Microphone - Studio Addition

A newly acquired 1983 Neumann TLM-170i.  This microphone came from Buck Owen's studio - mostly unused.  It is in excellent condition.


Friday, December 13, 2013

"Chronological Order"

I have been working hard on getting my solo CD "Chronological Order" ready for release.  I have finished the mastering process and it is off to the replicator.

"Chronological Order" is a compilation of 13 songs that I have written and recorded from 1969 through 2013.  

CD liner notes:  This project begins with “See the Old Man” which I wrote and recorded in 1969 at the age of sixteen.  Music has been a constant driving force in my life.  I have been involved with an array of other musicians over the years; this album showcases the work that is dearest to my heart...my own creations.  This is me.  The project ceases, for now, with “Without the Sun” that I wrote and recorded in 2013.  All songs are in Chronological Order.


"Chronological Order" release date is set for 12/13/2013.  It will be available at all the usual locations... 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Diane Newberry

Diane Newberry - call me.

Sunday, November 03, 2013

CBS Volumax 400 Automatic Peak Controller - Studio Addition

A newly acquired CBS Volumax 400 serial #1838.  These were popular as an AM radio station limiter.  They also earned their way into major recording studios, due to their ability to "squash" signals without "pumping".  The Audimax has an effective control window of about 20 dB.  Great on electric guitars.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Key To A Great Audio Compressor/Limiter

I've thought this ever since I was young studying electronics and acoustics.  There have been many good compressor and limiter designs over the years.  For me, the key to a great sounding compressor/limiter is it's ability to grab the early peaks and get out, without causing any undesirable distortion.  There are three units that I have used that are capable of grabbing these early peaks VERY quickly.  The Fairchild 670, Spectra Sonics 610 and the Aphex 661. 

Fairchild 670 attack time.  "The attack time is very fast - 50 microseconds (1/5000 of a second) - and catches short transients that can, in other limiters, negate the limiting effect."

Spectra Sonics 610 attack time.  "100 Nanoseconds to 2.0 Microseconds."

Aphex 661 attack time.  "Attack: 0.05 to 100 mSec"  .05 = 50 microseconds.  mSec = milliseconds.



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I Buy Microphones

Microphones for sale?

I'm looking to buy microphones.

Neumann, Sennheiser, Telefunken, AKG, Norelco, Bock, Brauner, Sony, Microtech Gefell, RCA, Rode, Electro-Voice.

I use these for my studio recordings.  I am not a dealer/broker/reseller.  I will pay cash.  I want to test them before buying and do not buy sight-unseen.

Let me know what you have.  Put "microphones" in your email subject line.  Please include a phone number.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

GATES - MO-3638 - SA-134 Microphone Preamplifier

Just recapped this wonderful sounding Gates mic preamp.  It's now in service in the studio rack.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

UREI - 1176LN - LED Meter Lamp Mod

Changed out the original meter lamps with bright LEDs and placed into the studio outboard rack.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Spectra Sonics 610 Complimiters - Studio Addition

Adding a really nice pair of Spectra Sonics 610 Complimiters (serial number 182 & 200) to the studio rack.  Even though these look new, they are not.  This pair has "special order" stepped attenuators.  Just re-capped them, replaced the old meter lamps with bright LEDs and calibrated them .

My first experience with the Spectra Sonics 610 was in 1973 - 74 at MGM Recording Studios in Los Angeles.  MGM also had a Spectra Sonics console in the "A" studio.  I've always been a fan of that room.  Lots of hits were recorded in it.  I was elated when I found these beautiful 610s. 




Monday, June 17, 2013

Singers

I've been producing and engineering some very talented singers over the past years.  They have excellent pitch, nice vocal quality and great personality.  But, there's one thing that most of them don't have going for them.  They don't write their own songs, or have access to a good songwriter.  Getting noticed by covering someone else's songs doesn't get you noticed for long.  If you are serious about surviving in this business, you have to bring something special to the party.  Artists think they are the greatest at what they do.  One thing I've learned since I was very young, there's always somebody better than you.  Accept it... live with it.  In this business, rejection is a fact of life.  I think it's a huge plus to be a singer/songwriter.  Especially one who plays an instrument.  If you need some guidance, contact me. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

RCA - 74B Microphones - Studio Addition - Re-ribbon

Adding two RCA 74B microphones after being cleaned up and re-ribboned.  I'll re-ribbon my own mics, but I do not hire out.  I own three RCA 74Bs now and they are very useful ribbon mics.



UREI - LA-4 - Studio Addition

Replacing a cracked meter bezel and updating incandescent meter lamps with bright LEDs.  Upgrading the RC-4136 quad opamps.


Saturday, June 08, 2013

Wasted Aliens





Saturday, May 18, 2013

Studio Gear Addition

New outboard gear being added to the racks.  More coming in soon!

Orban 418A stereo limiter, UREI 546 stereo parametric EQ, 2 / Spectra Sonics 610 Complimiters (serial # 182 and 200), UREI 1176LN (rev F) compressor/limiter.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Jonathan Winters - R.I.P.

I provided live audio for several events of which Jonathan was a part of.  He was always lots of fun and respectful of crew people.  I'd chit-chat with him when I would see him at the Ventura swap meets.  He was quite the collector.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

NOS Vacuum Tubes, Transistors, Capacitors, Resistors - Electronic Parts For Sale

I was an electronics repair technician in the late 1960's - early 70's.  During that time, I purchased lots of electronic replacement parts such as tubes, transistors, capacitors, resistors, etc and placed them into storage.   Throughout my life, I have also collected lots of pieces of electronic (mostly audio) gear.  I liked buying things of quality.  What didn't fit in my garage went into storage.  The parts are now coming out of storage...contact me if you are looking for a specific tube type or tube brand such as Telefunken, Amperex, Tung-Sol, Mullard or pieces of audio gear.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

1966 Fender Tremolux Amplifier - Studio Addition

This extremely clean 1966 Fender Tremolux has been added to the studio amp list.  I just did a re-cap on it.  Didn't really need it.


Friday, March 29, 2013

1965 Fender Showman - Studio Addition

Added a 1965 Fender Showman to the amp arsenal.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Eddie Cochran/Chuck Foreman Master Tapes

I'm in possession of some Eddie Cochran and Chuck Foreman original tapes.  If anyone is interested in releasing the project, please contact me. 

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Stephen David Heitkotter - Tape Transfer

Ross and I meet up after 40 years.  Ross brought the newly found Heitkotter - Dwelle - Youngman tape into the studio for transferring.  Hearing the music and all of our voices was very emotional.  The tape transfer was 100% successful.  I ended up using Ross's Akai deck to do the transfer; the same deck the tape was originally recorded on.  More later!


Anyone interested in negotiating an original issue of this material, please contact me through email.


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Stephen David Heitkotter - UPDATE!

Thanks for all your questions and interest.  There is a turn of events regarding the Steve Heitkotter saga.  I will be transferring and mastering a newly found batch of recordings from 1969 - 1970.  This is huge news!  We had given up hope that any more material existed.  At this time, all I can say is... this tape sounds better than what was released on vinyl years ago and it contains conversation between Steve, Greg and Ross.  Very cool stuff and it's in stereo!  Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1955 Fender Deluxe 5E3 - Studio Addition

Just added to the studio, a 1955 Fender Deluxe 5E3.  This is NOT a reissue.  The cabinet has been recovered.


Thursday, July 05, 2012

Universal Audio LA-610 Mk ll - Studio Addition

Added a third Universal Audio LA-610.  This one being a MK ll version.


Saturday, June 02, 2012

AKG C-414 B-ULS Pair - Studio Addition

Just added a nice AKG C-414 B-ULS stereo pair.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Ludwig Snare - Studio Addition

Added a Ludwig 1955-1959 WFL Keystone Badge snare to the studio gear list.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Another Ampex AG-440C ½" 4-track

I recently picked up another Ampex AG-440C ½" 4-track servo.  It is in exceptional condition.  After a little clean-up and calibration, it'll be placed into service.   This machine will have two head stacks, one for ½" 4-track and one for ½" 2-track.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Altec 438A Compressor Amplifier - Studio Addition

This is a 10 out of 10 example of an Altec 438A compressor amplifier after being in storage for a few years.  No modifications were ever done to this unit.  It's being placed into service after a checkup.


Friday, February 03, 2012

The Beatleson's - Beatles 2

It's being talked about.  McCartney's son James said he would be willing to form a 'next generation' Beatles with the sons of the other band members.  As I said, "you gotta call it The Beatleson's."  We'll see.

James McCartney
Dhani Harrison
Julian Lennon
Zak Starkey

Sunday, June 12, 2011

1965 Gibson Country Western - Studio Addition

A beautiful sounding and looking 1965 Gibson Country Western guitar has been added to the studio instrument list.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

"It Feels Like Home" - © 2010 Greg Youngman Music

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Rogar Nichols - R.I.P.

Roger was a real gentleman and was always helpful when he didn't have time to be helpful.  Roger was one of my favorite recording engineers who recorded some of my favorite music.  I will miss his work.
 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Recording Studio Open House - Saturday April 30, 2011


This is the third annual "Studio Open House".  Demonstrations of new studio software and hardware.  Tips on how to get your home grown demo tracks to a level that they are usable as tracks in a finished master.  Listening sessions for those who would like to bring their CDs to be heard and critiqued.  Meet some local singers/songwriters, recording artists and musicians.  This open house is geared toward the professional.  No one under 21 years of age will be admitted.  Snacks and select wines from local vintners will be served.  Time is from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM.  Must RSVP to <gymusic@gmail.com> by the end of day April, 23, 2010.  First come, first served.

  See you here!

Monday, February 28, 2011

1971 Fender Precision Bass - Studio Addition

A mint condition 1971 Fender Precision Bass is added to the studio.  The bridge cover was removed to adjust string height and I forgot to put it back on for the pictures.  The muffling rubber is still on the bridge cover.  The bass still has the original flat wound strings on it from 1971. 


Saturday, January 01, 2011

Harmony H-22 Bass - Studio Addition

An extremely nice 1966 Harmony H-22 hollow body electric bass is added to the studio instrument list.  


Thursday, December 16, 2010

McIntosh MC-2505 Amplifier - Studio Addition

Also resurrected a McIntosh MC-2505 (50 watts per channel) amplifier from storage for a studio control room back-up amp.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

McIntosh MC-2105 Amplifier - Studio Addition

Resurrected a McIntosh MC-2105 (100 watts per channel) amplifier from storage for a studio control room back-up amp.

TEAC 80-8 - Studio Addition

A Teac 80-8, ½" analog 8 track has been added for tape-to-digital transferring.


Sunday, October 17, 2010

1970 Fender Musicmaster Bass - Studio Addition

1970 Fender Musicmaster Bass has been added to the studio equipment list.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Guild 100 Electric Guitar - Studio Addition

Just added a beautiful Guild Model 100 to the studio instrument list.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Kenny Edwards - R.I.P.

Today, we lost a friend and truly talented musician.  I feel fortunate to have worked with him on a few of his demo recordings.  He gave us some great performances.  He connected many of us together.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

1964 Fender Bassman - Studio Addition

Newly added to the studio list.  A 1964 Fender Bassman with JBL D-120s.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

QRK - Russco Model 12-S Turntable - Studio Addition

A QRK 12-S turntable equipped with an Audio Technica AT-1007 tonearm will be added to the studio equipment list after a total cleaning and refurbish.  Felts for QRK and Russco turntables are available from Walt at Victrola Guy.   New pictures will be added after the work is done.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Fender 400 - 6 Pedal - Pedal Steel Guitar

A new studio addition is this Fender 400, 8 string, 6 pedal, pedal steel guitar.  It was acquired form the estate of Chuck Foreman.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Recording Studio Open House - Saturday May 1, 2010

This is the second annual "Studio Open House".  Demonstrations of new studio software and hardware.  Tips on how to get your home grown demo tracks to a level that they are usable as tracks in a finished master.  Listening sessions for those who would like to bring their CDs to be heard and critiqued.  Meet some local singers/songwriters, recording artists and musicians.  This open house is geared toward the professional.  No one under 21 years of age will be admitted.  Snacks and select wines from local vintners will be served.  Time is from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM.  Must RSVP to <gymusic@gmail.com> by the end of day April, 28, 2010.  First come, first served.

  See you here!

Friday, April 02, 2010

David Walsh - Guitar Player - Orange County, CA

David.  Call or email me.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

John Forsythe - R.I.P.

Today, we lost a dear friend and generous neighbor.

WANTED: Musicman 212 RH Head Cabinet

Looking for just the head cabinet with hardware. If you have one, let me hear from you.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Steve Heitkotter - Update 02-20-10

Steve’s legal name is Stephen David Heitkotter.

I’ve had an opportunity to listen to the five songs that someone allowed me to download. Listening gave me goose bumps. It’s been forty years. I was approximately 16 at the time when these songs were recorded. Steve is definitely playing guitar and singing on all five tracks. Ross Dwelle is definitely playing drums on all five tracks. Steve and Ross were 7 years older than I was. I met Ross through my brother (they had been in a few bands together). Ross had real good tempo and a knack for funky syncopated grooves. What puzzles me is that there is a second guitar that comes and goes on the tracks playing lead/solo. I don’t remember another guitar player ever being there while I was there. I could have been playing rhythm guitar.  Sounds like chords I would use.  It was always just the three of us. I do remember Steve’s girlfriend or wife coming in the room a few times. I’m thinking that Steve overdubbed the second guitar parts (lead) via sound-on-sound (which his Sony was capable of doing).  The vocals were always live.

I am definitely playing bass on “Hangin’ All Night”. Again, there is a second guitar part that comes and goes. There was not a second guitar player present during the original recording of this. Was this my playing or overdubbed later?

Some of the guitar playing on “I Don’t Mind” (especially the two, 3 note descending runs at the very end of the song) sounds like stuff I would play, but I don’t remember playing guitar on any songs.

I know that I played bass on all these songs, but those takes for the other four songs (excluding “Hangin’ All Night") are not here.

I don’t remember these songs ever having titles while we were recording them. Steve had vague ideas for songs with scribbled, rough lyrics. Mostly, these sessions were just jams.  There were many takes of these songs.

As I stated in my previous post, Steve had quite a resource of blank reels of tape that we went through. There could have been another guitar player involved when I wasn't there. I’m sure there are reels and reels of material that few have heard. I would be surprised if the caliber of playing would be any better than what I’ve heard from these five songs. The story that these tracks were recorded at a Fresno County mental hospital is just not true. I have found out that Steve did enter a Fresno mental facility at some time and was released in 2007.

I do have some questions. Who took the tapes and made a dozen or so vinyl copies? Who started the story that this record was recorded at a Fresno County mental hospital? What happened to all of the tapes and who is in possession of them now? What studio/engineer pressed the copies?  Who (if any) was the second guitar player?  Does whoever is reissuing vinyl copies of the record have written permission from Steve, or are these illegal bootleg copies?

I'm seeing eBay auctions for reissues of the original recordings.  If permission was not given by Steve or someone acting legally on his behalf for these to be sold, these are in violation of US copyright laws.

If anyone has any direct knowledge to help answer these questions, please contact me.

Greg Youngman

Thanks to Chris at Garage Hangover.  You can read more about The Road Runners at Chris' site.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Steve - Steven David Heitkotter

While searching around my music past, I stumbled across a familiar name.  Steve Heitkotter.  He was most notably the drummer in the Fresno, California 60's band The Road Runners.  Steve lived across the street from my grandparents.  I remember one summer, (somewhere between 69-71) being invited to Steve's house with Ross D***** to record songs on and off for a couple of weeks.  Steve recorded these songs on reels and reels of tape (with his nice sounding Sony machine).  After recently reading about him, I'm wondering if he took those recordings to make his record.  I'd have to hear it.  I could be that bass player.  I doubt it was recorded at a Fresno County mental institution.  How could a recording at a County mental institution stay a secret?  I doubt that the staff would allow someone to come in and do such a thing.   I would love to hear from the person who supposedly recorded those sessions at the mental institution.  I doubt I ever will.  I doubt it ever happened.

If anyone should have any first hand information to ad to this unbelievable story, please feel free to contact me.  Especially any information confirming that Steve is still, or was, at any time in a Fresno County mental institution.

Here are some things that have been posted about the record:

"Honorable Mention: Heitkotter – Heitkotter – “Intense real
people/fringe LP popular among psych mafiosos, a 3-man band with
guitar, bass and drums led by Steven David Heitkotter, presumably
recorded inside the mental institution where the guy has been for
decades. Track titles include “Hangin’ All Night,” “Quaker, Dog Got
Away,” and the 14-minute “Fly Over The Moon”. The vibe is intense and
feverish like a nightmare, unique LP that lives up to its reputation.
This may have been a test press only and comes in a blank cover,
except for the handwritten title. He was also in a garage band in the
1960s that released a few 45s.”

"A blues rock/garage album recorded in a mental institution where the
songs sometimes threaten to fall apart at any moment. Apparently this
Heitkotter guy is still under care as of '09.  Cadillac Woman has a
bit of funk happening and the vocals sound a lot like Lenny Kravitz.
It's a pretty good track with some bluesy guitar shredding. Quaker,
Dog Got Away shows traces of this man's insanity, while the rest are
just average blues jams. It's kind of creepy in some parts, but nowhere near as Jandek, and it mostly sounds like some amateur guys rehearsing. Obviously the recording quality is pretty bad, but you can still make things out clearly - and a scrappy recording is the only way this should be presented.  This is a mild curiosity, but not
something I would be tempted to listen to for a while."

"Recorded in a Fresno County insane asylum, this album is for and by
the beautifully unhinged. It asks no questions and offers no answers
other than, "It need not be determined." These are real dispatches
from the abyss; the drummer seems to be having fits, his kit is
showing stress cracks; the engineer sits in silent fear as the tape
rolls; someone in the band could flip out at any moment; hospital
staff is standing by with straight jackets and full hypos in hand
while the band plays on..."

"100% home-made, non-commercial avant gard, with no effort at all put
into editing. Rambling-intro-into-improv. style mat'l with poor
fidelity. Most of this is guitar based. 5 tracks= 1 B, 3 B-'s, and a
C-. "Cadillac Woman" is my pick, while "Fly Over the Moon" has 2
parts, the first much better than the second. An acquired taste, to
say the least - you've been warned!"

"A poorly recorded, shitty mess of bad garage rock. Don't fall for all
the hype about how UNDERGROUND AND OUT THERE this is--it's not."

"Real people underground experimental psych lounge rock vibe. One of
the band members was in a garage band prior to this lp."

"Honestly, I think the album would be less appealing without that
washed out, lo-fi production..."

"As good as the hype surrounding it--which is pretty unbelievable...
Astonishing, creepy, sounds like nothing else that came before it (and
really, only Jandek-in-rock-mode afterwards)."


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

RCA BA-11A Preamp - Studio Addition

I will be building up an RCA BA-11A / MI-11231-A microphone preamp for the studio.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Universal Audio LA-610 - Studio Addition

Adding a second LA-610 microphone preamp to the studio.


Monday, January 04, 2010

Studio Addition - Epiphone Dot Deluxe

Studio addition.



Saturday, November 07, 2009

1963 Fender Vibroverb - Guitar Amplifier Repair - Refurbish

My next project is cleaning up a 1963 Fender Vibroverb. All of the original hardware seems to be very usable. I'll post pictures when I pull the chassis and again when it's finished.



Monday, September 07, 2009

Studio - Fender Bassman Heads

From top to bottom:

1964 - AA864
1966 - AB165
1967 - AB165
1968 - AB165

Monday, August 17, 2009

1966 Fender Bassman - Studio Addition

Just added to the studio amp list is a very nice 1966 Fender Bassman (AB165) with a pair of 1968 Stephens/Trusoinc 12" speakers.  It sounds amazing.