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GussyLoveridge
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Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:58 am    Post subject: How to capture a great sounding room Reply with quote

Hey Folks -

Perhaps this isn't in the correct space. Please feel free to move it if necessary.

There is a club in the town that I live in, that to my ears, has the best sounding acoustics of any place I've ever been. It's my favourite place to sing, strum a guitar, or even listen to a bottle smash. It's wonderful.

I want to know if there is a way to capture and then recreate the sound of this room.

I'd like to have the ability to apply its sound to recordings I make elsewhere. I worry that eventually I'll no longer be able to go to that room and listen to things.

So my questions are:

Is this possible?

Will it cost a zillion dollars?
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A.David.MacKinnon
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:39 pm    Post subject: Re: How to capture a great sounding room Reply with quote

Convolution reverbs let you sample spaces and make your own reverbs. I do this all the time with the Waves IR reverb. Lots of others work too.

https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=make+your+own+IR+reverb+samples+

I mixed a record last year that was tracked in a ballroom in Bergsdorf Germany. It was mostly distant miced and made good use of the room ambiance. We decided that the sound of the room should be the only reverb used. The only problem is that I didn't always have everything I needed in the raw tracks, the studio/ballroom closed up shop midway through the mixing and I'm in Canada not Germany. Sampling the room solved all these problems and let me use the room as a plug-in. The combination was pretty seamless. A year later I can't really tell what's room mics and what's the plug-in.

You can see the space and hear some of the record here -
https://youtu.be/w7QXcpNLlX4
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GussyLoveridge
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Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:46 pm    Post subject: Re: How to capture a great sounding room Reply with quote

That's what I'm talking about.

Thanks!
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jimjazzdad
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Joined: 19 Jan 2012
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Location: Halifax, NS, Canada

PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: How to capture a great sounding room Reply with quote

A.David.MacKinnon wrote:
Convolution reverbs let you sample spaces and make your own reverbs. I do this all the time with the Waves IR reverb. Lots of others work too.

https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=make+your+own+IR+reverb+samples+

I mixed a record last year that was tracked in a ballroom in Bergsdorf Germany. It was mostly distant miced and made good use of the room ambiance. We decided that the sound of the room should be the only reverb used. The only problem is that I didn't always have everything I needed in the raw tracks, the studio/ballroom closed up shop midway through the mixing and I'm in Canada not Germany. Sampling the room solved all these problems and let me use the room as a plug-in. The combination was pretty seamless. A year later I can't really tell what's room mics and what's the plug-in.

You can see the space and hear some of the record here -
https://youtu.be/w7QXcpNLlX4


Thanks for sharing that - really enjoyed it. Yes convolution reverb is a powerful tool.
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I'm Painting Again
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: How to capture a great sounding room Reply with quote

It's a club so they might have an unused space just sitting the during the day..maybe you can rent it to do yr recordings in? Or barter for recording shows to give/sell to the musicians as part of their service?
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