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Square Cad #68 - Transformers
Alan Garren (Waltzing Bear Audio)

Transformers are the source of much superstition and misunderstanding in audio. Sometimes they are the magic box that makes everything passing through them better, other times they single handedly ruin everything in a circuit. Are they neither? Both?

To find out I spoke with tech extraordinaire Alan Garren of Waltzing Bear Audio. Alan has been a tech and engineer for over 30 years and has built and maintained gear for artists such as Death Cab For Cutie and engineers such as Tucker Martine.

I spoke with Alan about "correct" vs "creative" uses for transformers, what gives a transformer it's sound, and how to best utilize them.

Music: Cepia Braille Wounds
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