The Birth of Home Recording - December 2018 News

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"I bought a Dutch barge and turned it into a recording studio. My plan was to go to Paris and record rolling down the Seine."
Pete Townshend, The Who


I'm conflicted on the topic of recording music at home. The business part of me frets about studios losing out on billable hours. The musician part of me relishes creating art in a non-pressure environment. But the history of artists recording radio-ready songs in their humble abodes goes back further than you might imagine. Let's explore how affordable home music recording for the masses came to be, but also look back at the origins of this revolution in recording.

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11th Hour Message - November 2018 News

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"Hostilities will cease along the whole front from 11 November at 11 o'clock."
Marshal Foch, the French commander of the Allied forces via radio atop the Eiffel Tower.


This week marks 100 years since the end of the war to end all wars, known today as World War One. In 1918, on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1,500 days of fighting came to an end. The armistice was agreed upon just six hours earlier in a railway car halfway between Paris and the Western Front. What's remarkable is the speed at which most troops were informed of the impending armistice. This war, like in so many other ways, forever changed the world of communication.

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Video on Vinyl and Other Turntable Transgressions - October 2018 News

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"Hello from the children of Planet Earth"
From the gold records aboard the twin Voyager spacecraft


Vinyl is the format that won't die. It'll probably still be around after humans are extinct and our sun has gone supernova. Perhaps in eons, Voyager spacecraft with the golden records aboard will meet distant stars and future vinyl lovers. But in this eon, people will not stop pushing vinyl to its limits. Mad scientists and crazy artists like putting something other than music on it - or in it.

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As Seen on TV - September 2018 News

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"Treat the recording studio as a laboratory for conceptual thinking — rather than as a mere tool."
Brian Eno


When I was young in the...cough...60s and 70s, the only real glimpses I got inside a recording studio was through television and movies. There was a smattering of documentaries and behind-the-scenes footage of studios and radio stations. I was always straining to see the control board and tape machines, or marveling at the cavernous studio on the other side of the glass. It was absolutely riveting to peek inside them and see how a record was made. The 8-foot long mixing console was often shot through a fisheye lens. Long-haired musicians were sunk down into a couch smoking cigarettes (?) and listening to their masterpiece. And there were close-up shots of that big fat 2-inch tape rolling past the heads of the recorder.

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Goodbye to a Friend

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Glenn Little passed away over the past weekend of August 18, 2018. Glenn was one of the voice-over artists in our stables, but he was much more than that. A bassist/singer for most of his life, Glenn played in venues from small bars to the White House. He started doing voice-overs in the 1990s, winning international awards right out of the gate. His southern-style storytelling has been heard on local commercials, national television shows, and even in the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga, NY. He will be sadly missed.

In the Moment - August 2018 News

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"He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough."
Lao Tzu
Father of Taoism


When is enough, enough? When do you stop finessing, polishing, correcting, perfecting, or otherwise fixing something important you're working on? When you're done – either because of deadline, budget, or exhaustion – are you satisfied? Don't overkill your project. Plus find out what's been happening at Dynamix.

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"Eastern Standard" Radio Program to be Produced at Dynamix

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEKU-FM’s “Eastern Standard” program to be produced at Dynamix Productions in Lexington

Partnership brings flagship Central Kentucky radio program to local recording studio

July 17, 2018

LEXINGTON, KY – Dynamix Productions, Inc., a recording studio in Lexington, KY, and WEKU-FM, Eastern Kentucky University’s public radio station in Richmond, KY, have announced a partnership that will move primary production of the popular long-running radio program “Eastern Standard” to the studios of Dynamix. The first program produced at Dynamix will air Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM. By bringing the production to Lexington, producers will have easier access to Central Kentucky business, healthcare, and education leaders, as well as local artists, entertainers, and other newsmakers. The move underlines WEKU’s commitment to providing the area’s most concise and in-depth coverage of news, issues, and ideas that directly affect Central Kentuckians. The program’s expansion to the studios of Dynamix Productions is made possible by a generous gift to WEKU from Alltech in Nicholasville, KY.

“I’m excited to have one of the area’s best radio programs originate from our studios,” said Neil Kesterson, owner of Dynamix Productions. “We get to have a steady flow of some of Central Kentucky’s most important movers and shakers right through our doors. It will be very rewarding to be a part of a show that explores a subject in-depth with such maturity and integrity.” Many of the upcoming programs will feature one-on-one interviews conducted in Dynamix’s studios with people that are making news. Dynamix already originates live and recorded interviews with local newsmakers for National Public Radio, the BBC, WBUR Boston, WNYC, Minnesota Public Radio, and other public radio affiliates across the country.

Hosted by network news veteran Tom Martin, “Eastern Standard,” is a public affairs program that covers a broad range of topics of interest to Kentuckians. Resources for topics include WEKU’s reporting partner, the Ohio Valley ReSource, a partnership with seven public media outlets across three states; the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting; the Lexington Herald-Leader; and National Public Radio. “Eastern Standard” can be heard Thursdays at 11:00 AM and Sundays at 6:00 PM on 88.9 WEKU-FM.

Dynamix Productions, Inc., operating since 2003, is an audio recording and post-production facility in Lexington, Kentucky that specializes in sound for picture, corporate communications, advertising, audiobooks, podcasting, broadcasting, and voice-overs. In 15 years, Dynamix and its productions have won more than one hundred awards. Owner Neil Kesterson is an industry veteran with more than thirty years experience producing audio recordings, film and video soundtracks, broadcast programs, and documentaries.

WEKU-FM (88.9 FM) is a National Public Radio-affiliated station in Richmond, Kentucky. Owned by Eastern Kentucky University, it primarily features NPR news and talk programming, along with classical music (102.1 FM). WEKU also operates satellite stations throughout the region. WEKU has served the Central and Southeastern Kentucky region for 50 years. It has developed a loyal listening base among Kentucky citizens.

Tom Martin is a network news radio veteran, working for such prestigious organizations as AP Radio, RKO Network News, ABC News, and Paul Harvey News. He is currently a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader, co-publisher of UnderMain, advisor for the student newspaper at Transylvania University, and keyboardist for the Patrick McNeese Band.

Alltech is a private, family-owned company dedicated to improving the health of animals, plants and people through nutrition and scientific innovation. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world.

FOR MORE INFORMATION”

Dynamix Productions, Inc. Contact Neil Kesterson at neil@dxaudio.com, visit the web site www.dxaudio.com, or call 859-335-1011.

Eastern Standard. Visit the website: www.esweku.com, or contact via email through the website contact form at: https://esweku.com/contact.

WEKU-FM. Visit the website: www.weku.fm, call 800-621-8890, or email weku@eku.edu.

The Elephant in the Room - July 2018 News

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"My roommate got a pet elephant. Then it got lost. It's in the apartment somewhere."
Steven Wright


The deep seismic audio world holds many secrets, including how elephants communicate over long distances. Find out how ultra low sounds affect how a recording studio is designed and built. Plus, find out what's been happening at Dynamix lately.

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Golden Ears - June 2018 News

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“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!”
James Bond
"Goldfinger" (United Artists)


The other day, someone said to me, "You must have golden ears." He was referring to my profession as an audio engineer. He assumed that I physically had much better hearing than the average person. I don't. So I explained to my acquaintance that I have trained myself to listen for things that the average person might not hear right away. Want to try yourself? I give a crash course on listening with Elvis. Plus find out what'd been going on at Dynamix lately.

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Why your business needs to podcast

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With 144 million Americans listening to podcasts, isn't it time you are heard? See how Dynamix Productions in Lexington can help your business stand out.

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Listening to the Enemy - May 2018 News

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“The only real way to disarm your enemy is to listen to them.”
Amaryllis Fox
Writer, peace activist, former CIA Clandestine Service officer

Eavesdropping on the enemy in times of war can be essential to victory. During World War Two, a tucked away family farm in New England would save thousands of lives while being a key to Allied victories over Germany and Japan.

Plus, find out all that's been happening at Dynamix Productions.

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How Hollywood Hears History

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"The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


How authentic should sound designers be with history? If I was telling the story of Paul Revere's famous ride with sound, should I be accurate, or should I make it sound "Hollywood"?

Plus find out about what's going on at Dynamix.

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Ghost Whispers - March 2018 News

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"I have been at work for some time building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us."

Thomas Edison, 1920


What if you nonchalantly recorded something around your house, let's say a music practice session. Then when you played it back, you clearly hear someone whispering. You didn't hear it when you recorded it, so what was it? Many unfamiliar sounds throughout history can be attributed to nature, machinery, and even hoaxes. As our post-industrial society grows, so does the list of unexplained sounds, like trumpet sounds from the sky, humming cities, and ocean whistles. The proliferation of audio and video technology has generated its own tally of the strange. Specifically, weird voices that have been inadvertently and unknowingly captured. These recordings and transmissions sound eerie but have a very unsexy-sounding name: "Electronic Voice Phenomenon," or EVP.

Plus, find out what's been going on at Dynamix.

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We're Fifteen! February 2018 News

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"I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am."

Francis Bacon

Dynamix turns fifteen years old this month. Well technically sixteen, because I incorporated a year earlier and did small jobs out of my basement until I could step out on my own. When I did, I couldn't have timed it better. As I wrote about in our ten-year anniversary newsletter, the Great Ice Storm of 2003 delayed our opening for a week. In fact, I was stuck in Dayton, Ohio for several of those days.

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The Shadow Knows - January 2018 News

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Shadow: No, Mary. I suspected a trap, so after I opened the door, I walked across the room and stood behind them.
Apple Mary: But your voice.... it came from near the door.
Shadow: Ventriloquism. A simple trick of projecting the voice.

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"The Blind Beggar Dies"
Radio broadcast: April 17, 1938


We're fooled by Mother Nature all the time. She uses light to conjure up a mirage on a hot desert day and Aurora Borealis on a cold Alaskan night. She also has a bag of tricks for sound, like flinging noises a hundred miles away. But one of her best is when she makes sound disappear. This slight-of-hand by Mother Nature may have even changed the outcome of several battles in the American Civil War. What are these shenanigans of sound? Magic? Illusions? Sorcery? As the old radio serial hero said, "Only The Shadow knows." They're called acoustic shadows.

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