(Large group of black people walks into Cici’s Pizza)


Gavin: “Oh my gosh! Packers!!”

Naomi and I: “(Nervous laugh) Uhh, what?”

Gavin: “Packers! You know, a big group of people that packs into a restaurant!”


Calibrating Sir Mix-a-lot

A few months ago I built a simple active 4-into-1 stompbox-sized mixer, which I dubbed Sir Mix-a-lot, for combining my guitar and keyboard sounds to run through my pedalboard and into my amps. At the time, I didn’t yet have an oscilloscope, and so I didn’t really have any way to calibrate the level knobs. I just sort of threw it on my pedalboard and figured that turning the knobs all the way up was probably about unity gain (i.e. the output level is the same as the input level), and so that’s how I’ve been using it. Until now, I’ve generally left the two knobs near the top.

Sir Mix-a-lot

Sir Mix-a-lot

Today I realized that, now that I do have an oscilloscope, I should probably check out where unity actually is for each knob, and mark it. Continue reading


Buy an amplifier on Craigslist for $350, play it for three years, then sell it to Guitar Center for $360. I know what I’d call that if I were Charlie Sheen.