Day 2: The life of Our Boy RM1, in the LA Bush (AES #137)

(by Cliff)  (who else) So I woke up the morning after day 1 of being on my feet for 8 hours straight with very strange and rather uncomfortable cramps in my legs, calves, feet.  Weird muscle lock-up stuff.  I'm in pretty good shape, but the elliptical ain't the answer for getting in shape for a trade show, especially if you're an exhibitor and especially if only-you are it.  I know, wah wah stop whining.  So I will.

Leg cramps are my only regret and a nice walk after breakfast in the Topanga state park loosens everything up and makes it all right.  That's right behind my friend Mark Gander's great house, where I'm staying for the show.  

I gotta tell ya, I had an absolute ball talking to everyone.  So much fun and such a rich group of mostly artistic people, people making music, movies, everything.  For me, the hit of the day was this guy, Gil D'Orange from Carson.  He walks into the booth with this cigar-box guitar over his shoulder and a smile.  A really cool guy with a great smile and vibe.  So I said to him "wanna hear your axe over the RM1?".  So he's all over it instantly, drops his bag, puts on the Sony cans and starts playing, big smile and all.  He doesn't want to stop.  Amazing.  I listened a little while he played and knew why.  Big and clear and unmistakeably his guitar, but bigger than life.  He takes the cans back and keeps playing, finally thanks me, we shake hands, he leaves.  Maybe he'll buy one, who nose?  knows. Anyway, here's Gil having a ball:


A whole bunch of people came by including Dr. Fado DeConsolo who gave me a big hug.  A highly-interested couple came by, very curious about the mic.  Spoke little English but once I said "Neodymium" they were locked in and were into it.  Every detail I explained, they said, in unison, "ahhh".  All I got for names was "Fukasawa" at Myaji Pro Audio in Tokyo, what appears to be a pro audio distributor or dealer in Tokyo.  Great people, listened to the mic too.  Check it out:

During the day, the Doug Fearn Fan Club was a nonstop stream of admirers.  Good for me too because a lot of them wanted to check out the RM1, which Doug was enthusing and promoting.  Of course we played it thru the beautiful-in -every-way VT2 preamp.  When we had quiet moments, we continued The Endless Conversation about The Beautiful Sound and how to get it.  Doug is a master audio engineer and artist in this realm and he played me some beautiful recordings of a guy I knew of from when we lived togather in PA.  Here's Doug ("my harshest critic", happily for me ) listening ("Cliff, I think there's a serious problem at 59,7 kilocycles").  Actually, Doug is rotating the RM1 to try to get rid of the thumpa/thumpa recordings our neighbor plays to demo his something-or-other.

Allen Sides came by again with some buddies to see the mic, have a listen.  We went back up to his demo in the GC Pro (Yo PK) and he played me some as-usual exquisitely-recorded music over his monster Coupe deVille studio monitors.  Very cool stuff and real everything-at-once clarity.  Knowing Allen I was not surprised.  Allen and I go way back and we spent a lot of time together working on various things together in the '80's.  Actually, my band was the first to be recorded in his studio when he first moved from Ocean Way (name of the street) in Santa Monica (San Demonica; I couldn't help it) to United Western.  Allen and I get all gooey and misty-eyed remembering how the control room sounded in Santa Monica.  We kind of lost touch but meeting at the show was a great like-yesterday reunion, like reunited brothers.  Amazing.  I learned so much from him in terms of listening skills and a whole variety of techniques for diagnostic listening to speaker systems.

A bunch of other microphone designers/engineers came by, some to ask questions (uh, that's a trade secret), tell me how I should redesign the RM1 and the owner of one of the big companies came by to learn about the mic.  After a little show-and-tell he sincerely complemented me, told me he admired the work and welcomed me to the "club".  Wow is right.  Such a sweet gesture, totally genuine.  I was touched.

"the Club" indeed.  I really don't know anyone in the microphone tribe yet.  I'm brand new to this, albeit with a totally relevant new product.  It's amazing.  People I didn't know came up to me, said stuff like "I'm happy to finally meet you" and things like this.  This is all from my former life as a loudpeaker inventor (all in the Wiki article ).  Now I'm nothing, starting and stumbling around from square one all over.  At the start of the show I thought "My god, what am I doing" with a bit of stagefright.  Today writing this I'm feeling ok about it.  I think I can make the world a better place for music and artists.  I'm looking forward to commercial success with the RM1 so I can get on to all the rest of the mics I am planning to create.

Hey everyone.  Wake up!  It's morning here on the Pacific, and looks like a great day coming.  See you at the show.