Right before the pandemic hit, things were really humming here at Acadia. We had a record number of musical projects in the works and had just completed a major upgrade: the design and installation of a custom 384-point TT (bantam) patchbay to connect every piece of gear in our control room.
Our previous patchbay setup consisted of 1/4″ TRS bays which were unreliable and difficult to keep plugged in properly due to the sheer number of 1/4 plugs and the effects of gravity.
After some research it was clear there was one guy right for the task. We enlisted the services of Bob Hickey – AKA Mr. Patchbay.
We ordered four, high quality Audio Accessories 96 point units and via a large and complex spreadsheet, were able to specify the cable length and connector for every last patch point from XLR male or female, 1/4″ TRS or even DB25 connectors for our AD/DA converters. The new system features high quality, low-noise cable terminated using ELCO connectors on the patchbay side and whatever connector we specified on the other end. Bob hand soldered all of the 1152 solder points and made each line the perfect length to reach it’s associated rack bay. We also set many rows to be “normalled” so that the audio signal flows automatically to another piece of gear without needing a patch cord, further improving the sound and simplifying our setup.
We took great pleasure in getting rid of our large collection of relatively cheap plastic molded 1/4″ patch cables and replacing them with Mr. Patchbay’s custom Mogami TT/Bantam cables, built to last.
Once we reconnected our gear, the difference was instantly audible – we had absolutely gained a db or two of gain and the high end clarity was profoundly improved. We could not be happier with Mr. Patchbay’s work and the price is untouchable! (Check out Bob’s website – he has worked with a staggering number of studios installing patchbay systems and with artists as FOH engineer including Pink Floyd!)
The improvement in audio quality inspired us to replace all of the existing multi-channel snake cables that connect the live room and iso booths to the patchbay with brand new Canare cable. Several hundred solder points later, we had added new connectors on both ends and we are glad to report that any number of audio gremlins have seemingly evaporated.
We’re loving our new setup – come down and hear the difference for yourself!
Well, this was… a year. But we’re thankful that despite it all we were still able to keep our doors open and make music. We’ve listed more details with links to listen and buy music below.
Row 1 L-R:
Turn Blue (Single) from Crystal Canyon
Biloxi (Single) from Lauren Crosby Feat. Griffin Sherry
The Homebodies S/T
Illogical Irrational Dimensions Lichti Rahn
Phantom’s Made Permanent Eave
Sunshine or Rain G. Stephen Bosk Band
Illumine Jed Wilson and Tony Falco
Heartache & Roses Gunther Brown
Blood of The Swine Megog
Row 2 L-R:
Jeff Beam S/T
Built for Sin Apollyon
Symphonic Liberties Gary Lenaire
Thieves Like Us (Single) Sonic Libido
Another Life Amos Libby with Douglas Porter
Mémère & Me: Acadian Folksongs from Maine Robert Sylvain, Jr.
Persephone in the Late Anthropocene Denis Nye of Hinge/Works
Honky-Tonkin’ in #Acadia David Scott Norton
Row 3 L-R:
The Perfect Trip III Caleb Hickman
Sunlight Alejandra O’Leary
That Rock N’ Roll it Won’t Leave Me Alone 3rd Shift
Canned(id) Willing Seeds
Lord Earth III: The Return of the Death Rider Lord Earth
Birds of a Feather Andy Penk
To Lose Everything (Single) Sonic Libido
Local Celebrity (Single) Bad Combo
Row 3 L-R:
SnugHouse Vol 2. SnugHouse
Steadman’s Landing S/T
Every Little Star (Single) Crystal Canyon
Fearless & Peerless (Single) Sonic Libido
Sheepscot Valley Enchantress Lauren Crosby
Revival Chrome Roses
Borrowed Time Memphis Lightning
Into the Ether Zeke and the Endorphins
2019 turned out to be another year jam-packed with great players, a fantastic set of sonically diverse projects, and some awesome new studio upgrades. Our top new gear highlights from this year include 8 channels of aurora preamps (GTP8), a Wurlitzer upright piano, a Hammond SoloVox, an Ampeg SVT910 guitar/bass cabinet, an otamotone, and of course our new commercial-grade Bunn coffee maker to fuel it all.
We’re also in the midst of a studio re-wire, which, if all goes according to plan, will end with the debut of our brand new patchbay, custom designed (by Mr. Patchbay) to improve ALL of the connections we have between our gear. We’re so excited to hear the difference it’s going to make!
Of course, we’d be nowhere without the incredible musicians who chose to record and mix their records with us this year. Over the course of 2019 we worked on over 70 different projects, 40 of which were released this year. We are so happy and humbled to help support Maine’s music scene and we hope you’ll take some time to listen to these records.
- Colorful Pains by Asodi
- Borscht Belt Vol 1: Ode to Pasqually by Boat Dares
- Borscht Belt Vol 2: Mouse Casino and the Unicorn by Boat Dares
- Bathroom Noises EP by Billy Midol
- Coil of Suns by Burr
- Sweet Like Honey Claire Scott
- Shallow Waters by Clapping In Irons
- Mystic River by Conor Mulroy
- Loaf by Conor Mulroy
- Music for the Wicked Vol V and IV Damnationland
- Stay With Me by Duquette
- Brick City Sound by El Grande
- Dreamcatcher by Eli Gilbert
- Destroyer and Terminer by Feral
- The Dark Side of Frankie Moon by Frankie Moon and the Dave Matthewses Band
- Down To My Last Million by Ghost Atlantic
- Dead Man’s Motto by Greg Klein
- Reborn (a single from Gaia and Friends) record by Crystal Fighters
- Boomerang (single) Crystal Canyon
- New Man Single Gunther Brown
- Dressed in Black and Don’t Bury Me by I Suppose You Know Karate
- Order of the Epimethean Flame by Imipolex
- Stephen King (single) by Jeff Beam
- Scenes from Somewhere Maine by Johnny Crashed
- Kirtonium S/T
- I Said Take Me To The Water by Lauren Crosby
- New Mythologies for Trumpet(s) by Mark Tipton
- Live and Raw by Memphis Lightning
- So Many Things by Riverton Diesel
- The Water Is Wide by Rob Spaulding
- Hopeful by Sam Hastings
- Trembling and Shorn by Shabti
- The Kraken Sleepeth by The Shank Painters
- Go Away (Single) by Sonic Libido
- Gone by Festus
- Welcome to Trash Clown City, The Secret City of The Absent Sane by The Bumbling Woohas
- Fade To Black by The Folding Faces
- Viva by Viva and the Reinforcements
- No. 5 by Welterweight
- Beyond The Pale by Zeke and the Endorphines
- Sometimes years by Proof Box
Things to look forward to in 2020:
- Amos Libby with Douglas Porter
- Dave Mallett
- Dave Wakefield
- Dove Pax
- Jeff Beam
- Gunther Brown
- Crystal Canyon
- Third Shift
- Alejandra O’Leary
- Sonic Libido
- G. Stephen Bosk Band
- Gary Lenaire
- David Scott Norton
- Michael Hurt and the Haunted Hearts
If you want to listen on Spotify, we’ve got you covered.