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Downcity Armory – Merch for a Purpose

Machinae produced project DownCity Armory is trying out a new concept:  Merch With a Purpose.  I’ll let Todd explain:

We’re fixing this campaign so that if we don’t raise the amount we want, everyone will be refunded their contribution, so it’s really important we reach our goal! But check those perks; it includes a couple of awesome goodies that are exclusive to donors who pledge a certain amount. As an added bonus, each perk option automatically includes a charitable donation that we will make in your name to the charity or non-profit of your choice.* All you have to do is tell us which one. We’ll even help you get a tax deductible receipt for it, if applicable. So if you already donate regularly to a specific non-profit, or have never donated to a cause and always wanted to, here is a way to get some cool merch and music for your gift. And remember: your money is going to help non-profits and local businesses. The band keeps nothing. That’s what Downcity Armory is all about, and you make that happen.

As of now, there is only about 56 hours left, so check out some new electronic music and donate to the cause of your choice.




A Taste of What’s Possible (Also, a Shameless Plug)

Seeing as I’ve been posting Launchpad how-to’s, I thought I should also share what it’s capable of.  A lot of the video demonstration of the Launchpad are duds, and I don’t want anyone left with the impression that it’s less of an instrument.

This thing really is worth the $200.



I am an audio/video editor and recording engineer with 5 years of experience doing things on a very small budget, and what my experience has taught me the following:

1. Audio / video recording and editing, and the technology involved therein, has moved forward leaps and bounds in recent years and shows no sign of stopping.  What was once impossible on a consumer budget is now simple provided you have an idea about where to begin.

2. There is a lot to confuse the newcomer.  The industry is full of jargon, some of which was invented by an equipment manufacturer to make their product sound special, and some of which actually means something.  Also, people with experience in the audio and video worlds tend to be either tight-lipped about what they know, or unable to express it.

I think most people who’ve come into contact with the world of digital media sense that they have access to the tools they need (#1) but don’t know where to start or how to describe what they wish to fix (#2).

I hope to aid the newcomer through articles on this blog.  So please, click around, and see if you can learn something new.  If you can’t find the answer to your question or a solution to your problem, visit the questions page and ask me directly.

Good Luck,

Phil Petrie
Machinae Soundscapes