Shake Rattle and Roll! Eight to The Bar (Connecticut) at the Knickerbocker Cafe

So you feel sad; you missed the big show tonight …

No you didn’t! (insert smiley face) 🙂


This is the first time taking this camera into the field. It’s a Canon XA-30 (with a Rode Videomic X). I’m happy with the low light performance. Zooming is a bit of an art, but I’ll adjust the sensitivity to give me more control, which will keep things smooooth! The Rode mic I will never complain about, it’s perfect.


If you haven’t already, take a listen to this and some of my recent postings (like “Little Miss Hagstrom”) with headphones or good-quality speakers and turn the volume up. Because I’m experimenting with raw files, without any compression or post-treatment, the audio won’t sound as good as it can when listening on tiny speakers (yea, you.). It’s not your fault. Don’t despair. These are pristine recordings but not cross platform optimized.


If you are a critical listener, perhaps interested in the gear, when scrutinized you’ll hear a little audio ducking in these files. The audio will push “down” audibly just a tiny bit at loud peaks, in a way that’s barely noticeable. This is because this was a medium-loud venue and I was using “auto” on the camera’s inputs (using XLR for the mic). Next time I’ll switch to manual, which just requires a little babysitting, which I have already tested and the issue is completely eliminated.

If you are an artist and need video, let me know! I will take on some free gigs like this one for awhile to build my portfolio, so don’t be shy; if it’s the right time and place I’ll be there. I can also create music videos in studio and field.


Thanks to the Knick and this wonderful band!

Westerly, RI, May 18, 2018


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