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Old 11th April 2017
  #1
15 years ago today! Gearslutz's Birthday!

It was 15 years ago today that Gearslutz was launched.

So happy anniversary to us!

Lets have a thread where we take a look back!

What were YOU doing 15 years ago?

or

What were your doing when you first discovered Gearslutz?

I have had a blast running the site, and I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone that has played a part in its success.
Old 11th April 2017
  #2
Fifteen years ago I was

...running my own studio - producing a lot of small bands in London, UK where i live.
...launched a music publishing company (swap production & studio time for a publishing share) This never was sucessfull
...deeply involved in contributing to online audio communities but when the one I was a volunteer moderator at decided to charge for access I knew it was time to quit and branch out with my own style community. So with a band of merry men as volunteer moderators - Gearslutz was launched.

It snowballed pretty quickly. My 3 years involvement in online audio sites (leading to dark zombie like circles around my eyes) and the upbeat nature of the volunteer mods made it an instant hit.

In the end my focus on it was so strong my studio activities started to fall by the wayside and I ended up shutting the studio (after 6 years) to concentrate fully on the site.

And it still going strong.

We started off very rock n roll and now we are very EDM but there is always something for everyone.

Thanks everybody!!!

So -what were YOU doing 15 years ago - or when you first discovered Gearslutz?
Old 11th April 2017
  #3
Gear Addict
 
E.Shostokavitch's Avatar
 
🎧 5 years
15 years ago I was 13..

Two years prior I had acquired my first drum kit - a remo three piece with toms the size of most bass drums..

I started to record my drums, vocals and guitar using a battered single audio tech dynamic mic of my dads straight into the mini jack input of the family Gateway2000 PC..

Found gearslutz while trying to figure out how to improve the sound of my battered dynamic - mini jack - cool edit pro chain...
Old 11th April 2017
  #4
Gear Maniac
 
1 Review written
🎧 15 years
Happy anniversary GS! It's been a wild ride. 15 years ago I was just finishing up, or had just finished, recording an album for the Original P at my little studio in Atlanta. These were the four front singers from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends Parliament Funkadelic, minus George Clinton. I had high hopes for further studio success, but to make a very long story short... The record company, Westbound Records, decided that funk wasn't selling enough and forced Original P to start touring with a rap group for half their shows. Fuzzy Haskins was in my control room when he took the phone call informing them of that, and all hell broke loose. That was a bad day.

And to make matters worse, Westbound decided, after 8 months off and on recording this record in between their road shows, to not release the record. Which totally sucked for me. I mean I had been paid promptly for the studio time, but I was really hoping to get on the map so to speak with that record. And just a few moments ago, before I wrote this post, I decided to do a search for them (I haven't looked them up in years)- and I'll be damned.... I found out they released a record in 2016- some 15 years later- which contains two of the tunes I recorded for them, along with some newer stuff. I just tracked it, and did not mix it.

I found them on youtube, and I have a sneaking suspicion that they used two of my quick rough mixes after sessions which they always got after every session as a basis for these, and then added a thing or two on top. Because they probably still don't have access to the masters. It's sad, because I still have the highest resolution masters. The record company requested ADATs, and so I delivered to Westbound 96 tracks spread out on 12 ADAT tapes. And there are still like 10 more tunes, which will probably never ever be heard by the public.

Anyway, here are the two tunes I am talking about:



Boy, I have some stories I can tell about these guys, and the things that went on.
Grand Marnier, anyone?
Jesus, hearing that brings back some serious memories. Yes, ****in A, those are my rough mixes, I am sure of it. No efx, no nuttin, straight off my Soundcraft Ghost 32. Man oh man, life sucks sometimes. But I've moved on.

PS: lol, well I guess I did mix them, sort of, but those are rough mixes after session. not even close to real mixes. Funny they decided they were good enough to release.
Old 11th April 2017
  #5
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Arthur Stone's Avatar
 
92 Reviews written
🎧 10 years
Happy Birthday Gearslutz!
Congratulations and thanks to Jules, the mods and all the punters. Much appreciated.

15 years ago I was midway through a BSc in Brighton and hooking up with the local music scene: just started on Propellerhead Reason, Tascam US122 and a Yamaha mixer. Reading Sound-On-Sound and still spending more money on vinyl than audio gear.

Around 11 years ago, the professional technical expertise and generous advice on Gearslutz attracted me like bee to honey...or something. Now I buy vinyl in charity shops and spend my savings on high-quality cables.

Currently I'm working on remote and local audio/video projects with friends all over the world using the best audio equipment and great artists. I've learnt a lot here and a little Gearslutz goes a long way.

Cheers y'all
Old 11th April 2017 | Show parent
  #6
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duvalle's Avatar
 
🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jules ➑️
So -what were YOU doing 15 years ago - or when you first discovered Gearslutz?
i think i was reading the old PSW R|E|P forums ...
Old 11th April 2017
  #7
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🎧 10 years
What was the first thread/s started on GS?
Old 11th April 2017
  #8
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Plush's Avatar
 
5 Reviews written
🎧 15 years
15 years ago I was kicking ass here in Chicago recording classical music. My interest in and purchases of tube preamps and tube mics was really taking hold.

I was also doing some teaching at local colleges and local universities.

Gearslutz was discovered by accident. It offered a forum where I could learn from some really heavy closer engineers and producers. It was also a place where I could help other recordists and spread the word about my recording experiences. I'm talking about techniques as well as gear suggestions.

Now, GS is an extension of my continuing teaching here in Chicago. I try to help newbies and experienced engineers rise to the next level of achievement.

It is a very good community as long as you avoid the deep cynics and the unhappy.

GS is not for the thin skinned and neither is the recording business.

All HAIL Jules and the mods.

Last edited by Plush; 11th April 2017 at 03:27 PM..
Old 11th April 2017
  #9
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🎧 15 years
I was working a at CD manufacturer at that time. I remember almost getting fired because the IT department thought I was looking at porn because of the name.
Old 11th April 2017
  #10
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1 Review written
🎧 10 years
Big thanks to Jules for everything!
Old 11th April 2017
  #11
Lives for gear
15 years ago I was two years into college after deciding to go back to school for a CS degree in order to get a real paying job, and very glad I did. Now I take music just as seriously, but now do it just for fun, and like it even better.
Old 11th April 2017
  #12
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🎧 10 years
Congrats @ Jules ! And nice seeing you again at Messe.

15 years ago I was coordinating Nuendo specs at the Steinberg office and producing some electronic music in my free time. My daughter was born that year as well.
I also was busy moderating the Nuendo forum (from day 1 in 2000), giving it up later that year.

I am pretty sure I first noted Gearslutz a year later (2003) after googling synchronization user experience and immediately signed up. Visited regularly ever since, didn't have access to the email address anymore after a phase of inactivity, so that account is lost. Can't even remember my tag...
After founding my company DAW PLUS I created this account and it basically is the only forum I visit every day.
So, many thanks for such an excellent platform! I think we should invest in it...
Old 11th April 2017
  #13
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1 Review written
🎧 10 years
congrats gearslutz
Old 11th April 2017
  #14
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Unclenny's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
Thanks for everything, Jules....and Happy Birthday, Gearslutz!!!!

15 years ago I had just turned 50 and bought my first electric guitar after 35 years or so of writing and playing acoustic guitar based music. I had also just discovered Protools and it was about to jump start my songwriting big time.

5 years later I discovered this amazing site and I have learned SO much in the ensuing 10 years.

Old 11th April 2017
  #15
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🎧 10 years
I didn't join till 2007 but 15 years ago, my Roland VS-1880 was state of the art and I had brown hair.
Congrats on making it work Jules.
Old 11th April 2017
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I found Gearslutz 6 or 7 years ago - my daughter told me about it actually - "Dad, there's a on-line forum that's right up your alley." Reckon she was right! Thanks, Jet!

And congratulations on your 15 years, Jules!
Old 11th April 2017
  #17
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antichef's Avatar
 
🎧 10 years
15 years ago I was 3 years away from getting back into recording (after a hiatus commencing in the mid 90s) and then lurking on GS for 3 more years before creating an account.

Happy birthday and congrats Jules!!!
Old 11th April 2017 | Show parent
  #18
Gear Head
 
🎧 5 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by E.Shostokavitch ➑️
15 years ago I was 13..

Two years prior I had acquired my first drum kit - a remo three piece with toms the size of most bass drums..

I started to record my drums, vocals and guitar using a battered single audio tech dynamic mic of my dads straight into the mini jack input of the family Gateway2000 PC..

Found gearslutz while trying to figure out how to improve the sound of my battered dynamic - mini jack - cool edit pro chain...
Hey me too man.

I think I just bought my first PC microphone mini Jack input and downloaded acoustica mp3 audio mixer to record over some dr dre 2001 instrumentals
Old 11th April 2017
  #19
Lives for gear
 
🎧 5 years
Congrats @ Jules and 15 years ago I was 19 y.o. and a college Sophomore who had no idea that the forum and music tech existed.
Old 11th April 2017
  #20
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🎧 15 years
15 years ago I had no money and no clue.

Gearslutz has helped me a lot in the clue department; the other thing, not so much!
Old 11th April 2017
  #21
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🎧 15 years
15 years ago I wanted to build a studio to record my songs in my spare time. At that time I was using Cakewalk Pro Audio and an SM57 plugged into a M-Audio interface and wondering why my tracks didn't sound as good as commercial recordings. Came across this site and read Fletchers long dissertation on Neve preamps, vintage mics and outboard gear. Great thread from the early days. Back in those days George Massenburg, Evana Manley, Mike Shipley and many others hung out here until the EDM swing. Time marches on. One of the earliest threads titled "Show us your home studio" inspired me to get some good gear. It took me a lot of years but I have some really nice mics and outboard. Answering the question, "Why don't my tracks sound as good as commercial recordings" is the beginning of a long road and there were hundreds of people here who helped answer that question.

Recording today with numerous Neumann mics, 1176s, LA2As, Neve preamps, Lexicon reverbs and a host of plugins, 10 years ago switched to Protools. These and a wall of guitar amps all the results of GAS incurred from hanging out here.

Did I resolve the quest to make commercial sounding recordings? Why yes, I did. Although a better pursuit is finding a new an interesting melody or unique sound.

Thanks Jules for the ride and building such a great evolutionary bank of knowledge with this site.

Last edited by Oldone; 15th April 2017 at 04:50 PM..
Old 11th April 2017
  #22
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1 Review written
🎧 15 years
Wow, 2002 I was just starting to think "I think I'll turn the upstairs office into a studio and get a little studio going for myself..."
Old 11th April 2017
  #23
2002, the year i started making music.

Well, more precisely, discovering fruity loops thanks to Kazaa
Old 11th April 2017
  #24
Gear Maniac
 
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🎧 5 years
15 years ago my Son was born. My home office and first "home studio" were crammed into a single room with make shift "sound proofing." I was recording on ADAT with other Alesis and Mackie gear.

It would be another 11 years before I joined Gearslutz. And while still a hobbyist at best, I have a den in a new home that is treated with GIK acoustic panels and I think some really nice equipment. I am understanding more and more each day about how to get the best out of my equipment and make better recordings.

Congratulations and Thanks Gearslutz!
Old 11th April 2017
  #25
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jules ➑️
It was 15 years ago today that Gearslutz was launched.

So happy anniversary to us!

Lets have a thread where we take a look back!

What were YOU doing 15 years ago?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY GS!!!

15 years ago I was mostly engineering and ghosting scores for other composers in LA. Good times, fun projects.
Old 11th April 2017
  #26
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🎧 15 years
Congrats @ Jules

15 years ago I was trying to get back into recording by building a home studio. Having only had the experience in a commercial studio and recording school (many years ago), this site was such a valuable resource as I navigated an ever changing world of consumer grade recording gear.
Old 11th April 2017
  #27
Gear Guru
 
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2 Reviews written
🎧 15 years
'Way back in ought-2? Gearslutz was still three long years in my future... I have no idea where I was or what I was doing, I don't think I'd been invented yet!
Old 11th April 2017
  #28
Happy Anniversary to Gearslutz!

15 years ago I was approaching my halfway point in my military career. Very glad to be retired now and to be a proud member of the GS team!

When I was hunting for some synths on the net I ran across GS and got the info I needed. This happened on several occasions and I was really impressed by everyone's cheerful attitude and willingness to help and that's the reason I joined. GS is a super community of great chaps and I'm very happy to be here!

Cheers!

Hats off to Jules for creating Gearslutz!
Old 11th April 2017 | Show parent
  #29
Gear Maniac
 
🎧 5 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by joelpatterson ➑️
'Way back in ought-2? Gearslutz was still three long years in my future... I have no idea where I was or what I was doing, I don't think I'd been invented yet!
Incorrect, you were eating at Lombardi's the moment Gearslutz was put online.

Love,

Your friendly neighborhood NSA agent.
Old 12th April 2017
  #30
Lives for gear
 
🎧 15 years
15 years ago is just a bit hazy during that 2-3 year time after the y2k thing. Lots of stuff happening in that point of time. I believe I was still raking in obscene amounts of money from the dotcoms (or maybe they'd already crashed, one of the last insanely obscene profit I made was on a buy/sell of Krispy Kreme in the course of one day...man,...oh well.. different story), was certainly still raking in money from my main music ventures, may have been suing Napster along with others, was probably just integrating xp to many of my aging win98se pentium 1s, was noticing Jules posting stuff around the internet..... which I believe was most often at Craig's old forum, but maybe somewhere else. I don't think he yet had the idea for GS.

I think I arrived here at about the beginning of GS. But there was at least one major server crash back then... or a major hosting war or something.... that obliterated a lot of data/members....I don't remember all the details.

And then, there was WalterS. Which may not have happened right at the beginning, but is certainly a very colorful blip of GS time that I fondly remember.

Congratulations Jules. I never saw it discussed, but.... do you have an accent now?
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