||A Camp Chaos
The Internet has evolved into a vast and veritable resource
of erudition that allows anyone to tap into, and make use
of, mankind's collective consciousness. It's is a proverbial
intercontinental highway of knowledge, designed with infinite
on and off ramps that can take any member of our world society
to and from every level of innovative thinking and awareness.
In milliseconds, the Web enriches our world with a cornucopia
of information so we may better ourselves, our civilization,
all of mankind - and even future generations.
But, if you're like me, you join in with the other 150,000
'low brow' individuals who, on a daily basis, check into CampChaos.com
to wallow in the depths of laugh-out-loud depravity. It's
a great place to waste time, learn nothing – and have a damn
good time doing it.
CampChaos.com was launched in 1998 by founder and president
Bob Cesca. Bob directs, co-writes, produces, animates and
provides voices for some of the most innovative Flash cartoons
on the 'Net. The man behind the music and soundtracks is production
coordinator and composer/engineer Tim Panella. From humble
roots of simply goofing on every music personality from Madonna
to Metallica, the 'Campers' have graduated to a well regarded
'media agency,' recently producing animated videos for Mötley
Crüe and Everclear.
Aside from Flash animation abilities and a sense of humor
that are second-to-none, Bob and Tim understand how critical
quality audio production is to their finished product. All
components that make-up the animations, cartoons, and games
are treated equally. Bob and Tim agree: Quality music and
audio legitimizes productions – and these components are
some of the most important aspects of their productions.
Tim composes all music clips for all of the CampChaos.com
productions in his impressive home studio - which features
more gear and software than the inventory of a local Guitar
Center Store. His trusted mixers? A Mackie
24•4 and a 1202-VLZ
PRO. Bob, the 'Mel Blanc million voices man' of CampChaos.com,
points out, "The dynamic range of the Mackie consoles
on spoken word is incredible. We compress the audio files
quite a bit and very little is lost thanks to the dynamic
range of the Mackie 1202. Every nuance of tone and emotion
is faithfully captured, no matter what my mic technique and
regardless of how I deliver the line."
Tim adds, "The 1202 is used exclusively for vocal production.
We've beaten the hell out of it and we've never had a problem."
Bob, who independently lays down his own voices, makes use
of the 1202 at the main office, while every piece of gear
in Tim's studio is tied into his 24¥4. Tim scores the semi-finished
projects after the animators incorporate Bob's vocal parts.
Tim states, "I bought the Mackie 24¥4 long before I joined
CampChaos.com, when my music was still a hobby and I was composing
and recording projects for an audience of just myself. When
I first got the console home, I referred to the manual, thought
Mackie's set-up diagram was perfect – and plugged everything
in just like it said in the book. The Mackie manuals are great!
They just make perfect sense. Whenever I have to change anything
around, I refer back to the Mackie manual to make sure I have
Continuing Tim states, "I think the sound quality is
great. I love the Mackie
mic pre amps because they really give me enough power
to do what I need to do. Nothing is lost in the compression
I have to apply in making the finished project small enough
for fast downloading and streaming on the web. I use the on-board
EQ for a lot of sound shaping. Even though I am recording
digitally, I get enough warmth from the Mackie EQ so I really
don't need to apply a lot of additional outboard EQ. The Mackie
'Air' control really boosts the EQ – and when I apply
compression to MP3, I don't lose the high-frequencies from
instruments such as synthesizers, shakers, cymbals, high-hats
and other instruments that have very detailed high-end response."
What does the future hold for the CampChaos.com crew? "We're
working on a feature-length animation cartoon for a major
television network," states Tim. "We're also working
on new animations that will be prominently featured on a special
edition 25th Anniversary DVD for one of the most well-known,
multi-platinum selling heavy meal bands to ever come out of
the UK. Our animation work will be incorporated into seven
of the band's existing videos."
What TV network? When is it going to be on the tube and who
is the heavy metal band? Tim and Bob agree that all the fun
stuff they are working on is very top secret and hush-hush.
"But," Bob laughs and states, "I mean, we can
tell youÉ but if you tell anyone, then we'd have to produce
a series of animations that goof on you as relentlessly as
what we've put Metallica throughÉ"
Never mind. We'll pass.