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Neal Nagaoka
Works at Green Horizon Studios
Attended Berklee College Of Music,
Lived in Los Angeles
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My homemade sub mic for the Drum Set I recently made for my studio. just curious if anyone else has ever made one of these and wondering what kind of speakers they used. I know the standard is the 6.5" NS-10 Yamaha speakers. 
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Paul McCartney famously recorded his bass amp this way during some Beatles sessions in the 60's. I use a 10" speaker for kick drum recording. I just wire it to an Xlr and it simply magnetically attaches to a mic stand in front of the kick. No clamp needed as it's one big strong magnetic clamp anyhow.
Works great for a big thump
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a few picts with friends and a few events and booth picts from the NAMM 2015
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Ashame our path didnt cross this year at NAMM Laurie
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Check out my reverb nation mobile app for Android! I wish I could test it out but I only have an iphone. http://rvrb.fm/1yShLoH
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Since there's been talk about AKAI samples. Just wondering if any of you guys are old schooled when Logic Audio and EXS24 was still 32bit mode and still had the AKAI Convert option? I noticed ever since Logic became a 64bit app, the AKAI Convert option has disappeared on EXS24. I used to collect alot of AKAI Sample CDs way back when but cant seem to import them anymore. :-( Has anyone found a bridge to use them still?
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I think it's time for a new rule when taking on new clients for my studio. if you only know Kanye West but have no idea who Paul McCartney is, I will not take them on, either that, charge them 10x my usual rate because obviously we are dealing talentless and very clueless bunch of people that will be wasting my time. Im absolutely disgusted with this topic. Shows how crappy the music world has degraded.
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I get your point but it can be done tastefully. The Daft Punk album is stellar, Adele, the new D'Angelo sounds great. There are a lot of others but too few.IMO. With all the technology we have these days you would think we have more time to focus on sound quality and content.
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something new I have added to my studio. an acoustic Drum Set!! been busy all week setting up and miking. alot of fun!! hopefully this will stir up conversation on miking drum sets.
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The beta 58 is definitely much nicer than a standard SM 58. Also wondering if any of you guys ever tried a submic for the kick? Was thinking of trying to build one or try either the yamaha subkick or DWs moon mic?
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Ok, the hot topic of the week. Who is going to NAMM in Anaheim next week?
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I'll be there.
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Something I added in my Studios drum closet. An older ipad2 that I had so I can wirelessly mirror my main studios DAW screen for drummers to see while in session. Using an app called V Control pro.
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Great idea!
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A weird phenomenon I discovered today when burning mixdown to CD that I thought Id share and maybe some of you experienced engineers can confirm this. I usually use waveburner when burning audio to a cd. But I noticed that the burning speeds can actually make a difference in audio quality. When I burn a cd at max speed, it actually degraded the audio and added weird pops and noises to the Cd. It took me a while to figure out how to fix this problem. I tried burning the cd at half the speed and it actually fixed the problem. Just wondering if anyone else ever encountered this problem as well?
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I was told that at lower burning speeds the compatibility was better for more disk players. I had some issues before but never after i burned at lower speeds so it seems plausible to me.
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Been reading about Adams Monitor company going bankrupt. Does this mean we should get a pair of A7X now before they all disappear? Kind of glad I didn't jump on the Adams bandwagon when they were on top of the monitor list.
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yes that's true  .....ok  i think you get a point 
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Geez just spent the last 2 days repairing my studios website from scratch!! Cant believe my web hosting did some upgrade and ruined the site. Wondering if any of you guys have a website for your studio. Could use some ideas to help improve it.
Green Horizon Studios Recording Studio. IMG_2022. Looking to record your band or your own music but with a tight budget? Seek no further. 30 years recording experience. Berklee graduate. Professional musician and music teacher. Top notch audio engineering and mixing with high end pro gear at ...
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I wanted to look at, but your 'About Us' page do not work.
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Occupation
Musician, Guitarist, Producer, Teacher
Skills
Engineering, Recording, Teaching Music, Guitar
Employment
  • Green Horizon Studios
    Musician, Audio Engineer, 2012 - present
    Manage recording studio. http://www.westlastudio.com
  • Musician/Guitar
    Guitarist, 1983 - present
    http://www.nealnagaoka.com
  • Musicians Institute
    Guitar Teacher, 1997 - 1998
  • National Guitar Workshop
    Guitar Teacher, 2003 - 2008
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Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Previously
Los Angeles
Story
Tagline
Musician, Guitarist, IT
Introduction

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Neal Nagaoka. I am a guitarist/musician. Been playing guitar since the age of 12. I currently own and run a recording studio in the West Los Angeles area called Green Horizon Studios.

For more info: http://www.westlastudio.com

As far as my professional career goes, I currently have 3 Instrumental CDs out. I was also a teacher at Musicians Institute and currently a teacher at the National Guitar Workshop. I have had several different endorsements in the past but at the present time, I am endorsing ESP Guitars and Dimarzio Pickups. Other companies I have worked for and endorsed other companies such as ENGL Amplification, Point Technologies, Double Whammy Tremolos and Kellar Bass Systems.

Below are just a few list of things I am versed in and some of my musical experiences:

  • Engineering and Mixing.
  • Arranging and transcribing music scores.
  • Teaching of guitar and advanced music at a college level.
  • Multitrack Recording and Editing, Mixing and Computer MIDI Sequencing, Notation.
  • Computer Midi and Notation Software (Finale, Overture, Band in a box,)
  • Computer Graphics Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Indesign)
  • Computer Web Editing.
  • Computer Scripting Language (HTML, PERL, PHP, Javascript)
  • Akai based sampling and remixing.
  • MIDI and Audio studio setups and troubleshooting.
  • Live and studio performances.
  • IT, Network Troubleshooting
Discography
Bragging rights
Own Recording Studio, Released 3 CDs, ESP Guitar Endorser, Dimarzio Pickup Endorser
Education
  • Berklee College Of Music,
  • Beverly Hills High School
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Gender
Male