Saturday, March 18, 2006

Silver Cable NOW AVAILABLE in limited quantities

Hi Friends,

Many of you have heard about the silver cable we like to call 'THE GODDESS' around here because of the unearthly quality it possesses. The frequency response is beyond superb. Highs and lows you haven't heard before.

Most recently we tested it with Craig Owens, a local bassist. Craig has a 20' top of the line cable from Monster Cable... which we compared with our 300 foot line level cable (yes, the length of a football field). Our engineers on hand were Rico, Andy, myself and others who all heard the depth of the lows and highs of the highs improve.

Now, not everybody is going to need a 300 foot cable, but we were so impressed by the quality, we have enlisted tech extraordinaire, 'Swammi' Mack Clark, to cut the cable into shorter lengths and make it available for sale. It's not cheap... but then, how many cables of this caliber do you really need?

We're importing it from France where it is built by legendary french audiophile speaker manufacturer, Jean Marie Reynaud. He originally built the cable for the French Aerospace Industry and holds the patents on it. Our association with him, through his son, Jean Claude, has allowed us to specially adapt this cable for our needs. Ultimately, it can be used for line, mic, speaker and power cables.

In the audiophile world, the speaker cable goes for about $600 for a 20 foot line. With the high Neutrix ends, we will retail it for $400. Through OTR it will be directly sold with a 25% discount. Call Cookie at 650 591 6857 if you are interested. We can also schedule an appointment to test it as well.

We love our ipods, but we love our great sound MORE!

Photo from Canyonlands June 2005
taken by Jean Claude Reynaud

While on their way to a remote recording for Garett Brennan, Cookie and Jean took a wrong turn.

good news, they found him eventually!

Ringtones.. how's why's and what the hell's!

Ringtones are a mystery... The companies make it seem that anyone and every phone can have them... Unfortunately, It's not true. First step.. check out to see if you can download them to your phone. In a few years, this won't be an issue, but for now, don't get your hopes up that all phones will download your ringtones....

such is cutting edge technology... you'd THINK the blackberry could handle a ringtone given how much you pay for one! think again

Check out this article we found at yahoo.

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

What Every Artist Wants ... If this is YOU, get a consultant

The names were changed and text edited, but was a classic exchange of how every consultation begins.

If This is YOU (and I'm sure it is or was or will be)......
Please read before you end up with 1000 cds in your garage...


Hi Mr. Madeupname ... I'd Like to help, but you're asking for alot and offering very little. Please read. I'm in BLUE.

Mr. Madeupname wrote on 3/12/2006, 12:49 PM:

> Yes, we need to meet for 5-10 minutes first.
> You should have the physical output product by now in your mailbox.

got it, listened...

> You may or may not like it, and may or may not know of people in that subgenre of interest (?)

i like this genre and have recorded similar styles..

> My top 3 goals ranked
> 1) Method to SELL lots of copies of the CD I gave.
> 2) Method to get those songs Into Movies, TV, radio (without payola schemes, and better than the usual route)
> 3) Working with larger artists and promotors, without sweat circuit tours.
> My top constraint
> 1) I have a full time job, and family with two small children 5 & 8.
> (so anything that sounds like go ahead and tour to grow your audience, does not apply in my case).
> Some possible out
> I can quit my job and remove that constraint, when the cash starts coming in, but not before. So its the usually business dillemma....

In some fashon, you have asked the top 4 questions all artists ask me during consultation....
how do i get a manager?
how do i get a booking agent?
how do i get a record deal?
how do i quit my day job?

you won't want to hear this, but you need a 3-5 year plan.
what i heard on your cd was adequate, but without a substantial fanbase, nothing that singles your music out as special enough to warrant a deal. bands in this genre make it through touring and fanbase in general.
to bypass and go to film/soundtrack is a good option, but requires the schmooze and wait factor.

if you want to make it based on the cd alone, you'll need marketing $$$ or a more unique sound.

in general, i liked the cd, saw the 'promise' but not the substance. not to say you can't hit the jack pot with a new label steaming with money from foreign software engineers who think they can get rich. you might even know a few.

it's a tough business, getting tougher. with wife and children having needs, you're in a tough spot, but not insurmountable.

give that background, it doesn't help my credibility with my contacts to offer you to them knowing the 'gig' requires 2-3 years of touring and scuffling and $$$ to float yourself and family.

you're in a tough spot. be glad you still love music and are still creating. work your website, build your community, schmooze and spread your dollar... don't be stingy with 'consultants' or hired gun artists at the top of the food chain... they may not be directly responsible to show quantitative 'results', but could lead other bigger horses to your water at some point if they like you. it's all about relationships, less about your music.

> Lets confirm a slot on Monday via email. I do have a webcast 11-12 Tuesday, but I can meet around 12:30 Tues or some near time....

that's my 10 minutes of free time ... if you want to schedule more, it'll be on the $ clock.
i wish you the best.
cookie marenco 650 591 6857

Friday, March 10, 2006

Marenco comments on Millennia Origins in April EQ Magazine

Monte Vallier stopped by OTR Studios getting insights on how Cookie Marenco uses the Millennia Origins (SST-1) in her studio. Marenco has 4 of the one channel units she often refers to as "sprinkles of gold".

"They are incredible", Marenco waxes, "We use the unit more for mix down than record, though the tube preamp sounds incredible. Many times we go in and out of the unit without engaging the compressor, eq's or other processing and the sound is unexplainably beautified. We love them for mastering as well.... something about the 21K is magic."

OTR Studios also uses the 8 channel solid state preamp from Millennia as a staple for recording as well.

The review will be featured in the April issue of EQ magazine.