|Things You Should Have Learned in School (Had You Been Paying Attention)
||[Apr. 27th, 2006|06:03 pm]
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Something I learned today, the "FUCK! SHIT!" way.
There are lots of things I should have learned in school, but I must say that the best audio engineer example of this is the time I figured out that when you run a long power cable, you need to be careful where you leave the leftover slack coiled up. Like, NOT on top of a machine that records information onto magnetic tape.
Oh, man. Did I ever tell you this story? My junior year of college, I had this crappy little keyboard amp in my dorm room. One day it was sitting there, turned on, with a big ole hundred-foot Radio Shack quarter-inch cable coiled up on top of it, and I was lying on the bed doing homework when I started hearing voices. At first, I was freaked out, but I slowly realized that it was coming from my amp. It was picking up the Grinnell radio station. Not the college station. The Grinnell radio station. KGRN AM 1410 Stereo.
Once I understood what was going on, I thought it was awesome, and I eventually came to like it; it was quiet, soothing, sounded like it was coming from very far away. I never got it to pick up any other stations, and it only worked from that room, too.
I'll be surprised if I ever hear that radio station again, through my amp or otherwise.
2006-04-29 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Coils of wire...
Lots of guitar amps pick up the radio.