G’day Suspects!

This is a departure from my normal interwebs hangout, rickveneer.com. Here I devote all the space to audio. Recording, mixing, reviews of gear and software (see the Reviews page) and a bit of blah blah blah when it comes to mind.

Apart from playing guitar on the road for 100 years, I’ve also spent a lot of time behind the desk in studios, from the olden days of splicing tape and working with mono recorders, being the audio guy at Melbourne Uni (the Conservatorium and electronic music studio at the Percy Grainger Centre) way back when, to running my own little digital project studio at home and even teaching audio engineering with a really good local school and studio, Vandersound. http://www.vandersound.com.au/

I also worked as amplification manager for Roland when we introduced the first guitar synthesizer and spent a couple of years touring the country doing in store clinics.

In the late 70’s I was lucky enough to complete the JBL Acoustic Design Certificate course conducted by the legendary studio and monitor speaker designer George Augsperger.

I was ecstatic to get my first four track tape recorder and am still blown away by the unlimited track count and endless features of modern DAW’s. One thing I’ve learned – don’t let technology get in the way of the music!

So what does that all mean? Maybe it means I’m pretty old school and unimpressed by “bad electronic dance music” and cookie cutter pop stars with autotune voices.

I think of bad “edm” or “dance music” as corny noises for teddy bears to dance to at the teddy bears’ picnic. How’s that for old and grumpy?! But……..

Luckily, I still find the occasional  gem out there in contemporary music land. Real music and real musicians still exist.


On this site you’ll find some recording tips and tricks and a bunch of plugin reviews. All the plugins reviewed on this site are from my own collection and ones that I use frequently.

Some are freeware and the others I’ve bought and paid for. I don’t get any freebies or paybacks for reviewing these products. I just like to share my experiences with them and hopefully they might be of some use to my fellow audio freaks out there.