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Ask Eddie | Power Serge

Feb 1, 2013, By Eddie Ciletti

A Serge Modular Synth has been in my shop this fall for a little TLC. It’s filled with late ’70s-era 4000 Series C-MOS ICs, so it’s technically straightforward. But it’s such a unique piece of gear, the kind of technology that begins to ask its own questions. ...

Ask Eddie | Guitar Tone, Part 2

Mar 1, 2012, By Eddie Ciletti

The goal of this three-part series is to help recording engineers, guitarists and DIY’ers understand some of the factors that influence guitar amp tone. The amp in question—Fender’s Hot Rod Deluxe (HRD)—was chosen because several of my students have complained of the same problem: excessive gain and insufficient tone-control range, which makes it an unruly recording amp. I felt I could offer affordable solutions to those who are cash-poor, and I am always happy to trade technical services for musicianship....

Ask Eddie: Great Education Expectations

Dec 1, 2011, By Eddie Ciletti

This month, I am recovering from the blurry haze that could only result from end-of-quarter finals—late nights of wrapping up class projects, grading papers, entering grades and trying to get back on a regular sleep schedule. You’d think I was a student, hence this month’s stream-of-consciousness thread that includes random thoughts about the education process, links of interest and a few sample “student and reader questions” that have nudged me to do more surfing. Some examples: ...

Ask Eddie: From the Ground Up

Oct 1, 2011, By Eddie Ciletti

While you are browsing the AES Convention aisles later this month, keep the foundation of your audio facility in mind, and by that I mean the power and ground distribution (P&GD). A humble project studio can be pretty much plug-and-play, but as it gradually morphs into a “facility,” the P&GD infrastructure becomes critical. ...

Ask Eddie: In Search of Semiconductors

Sep 1, 2011, By Eddie Ciletti

Many of the questions I receive on a regular basis involve the often-frustrating process of searching for replacement parts. This month’s reader question comes from someone who is also a friend. Darron Burke of Makeshift Studio teamed up with local Boston-area artist/technician Kevin Micka after a series of emails did not reveal the hidden secrets of a troubled unit. ...

Ask Eddie: Transducers Front and Back

Aug 1, 2011, By Eddie Ciletti

GEEK: My friend Paul Wolff doesn’t like the moniker, but I embrace it. The positive connotation of “geek” describes someone who is happily hardwired for hardware and technology. I won’t share his negative connotation, in case you’re eating. ...

Ask Eddie: It's Clean-Up Time

Jul 1, 2011, By Eddie Ciletti

I sometimes help people solve problems by remote control. When it’s stuff I don’t know intimately, my clients and I learn together. From there it seems a natural progression to bring this private interaction into the light of a public forum—my new blog at—the essence of which will be distilled into this new monthly column, “Ask Eddie.” ...


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