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by DupleMeter
Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: permission to make music
Replies: 9
Views: 1864

Wow - nice!

Just goes to show - it's not the gear, it's the skill of the operator.

I loved the gritty nature of the cymbals - very old school motown/stax.
by DupleMeter
Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:38 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Getting the right mix on the road
Replies: 7
Views: 1810

I'm going to guess you are getting a lot of low-mid build up in your mixes. Take your mix and a similar sounding commercial release and run them through an FFT to get an idea of the frequency signature of the 2...then note where your mix differs. I'm guessing you'll see some peaking in the low-mids ...
by DupleMeter
Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Adding Energy To Songs / Recordings
Replies: 32
Views: 5975

I think that there's a misconception that when something's faster, there's more energy. That's totally not true if the playing's good. I can think of many examples of stuff that's got great energy at slower tempos. Stone Temple Pilots are killer at this. So is Neurosis. The Bad Plus. There are plen...
by DupleMeter
Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Adding Energy To Songs / Recordings
Replies: 32
Views: 5975

in addition to the performance/arranging suggestions: back in the day, we used to speed the tape up a hair when we mixed down to add some energy to a track. Harder to do in the digital world because of clock sync and all, but it's still doable on some systems. Or you can mixdown to tape, speed the t...
by DupleMeter
Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Listening to Monitors
Replies: 18
Views: 5286

NS-10s can be hard to listen to over a long period of time. I used to use them to spot check against the big & medium monitors just to see what happened to the low end and how harsh the top end was. I don't know if I would use them as my main mix monitors, but if it's what you have you may need to l...
by DupleMeter
Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:48 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Fair Use & Cover Songs?
Replies: 26
Views: 4578

If the song was previously recorded you already have license to record it (this is known as compulsory license). But, that doesn't indemnify you of having to pay writer, publisher & mechanical royalties. IMO, best bet is for the band to pay an entertainment lawyer to secure all the rights. Better to...
by DupleMeter
Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:39 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: String quartet advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1906

I was actually suggesting that the main pair be placed right in front of the group. I guess that wasn't clear. I would start the positioning right where the conductor would stand. Or right behind him if there is one. Just make sure it's high enough to be above head level. Orchestral strings radiate ...
by DupleMeter
Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: EQing SOLO Acoustic guitar?
Replies: 32
Views: 6447

I second the back off a bit method. I prefer a couple of KM184s at about the same 18-24" back and slightly up so they point down toward the instrument (about equal with the players head if they're sitting aimed down to the "business parts" of the guitar). I find I need a lot less EQ to get a great s...
by DupleMeter
Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: String quartet advice
Replies: 11
Views: 1906

99% of my work is live classical location recording. Given what you have, I would suggest the following: Oktava pair in ORTF about 7-8' high out in front of the group where it balances well. This will be your main source of pickup for the recording. Use a matched pair of preamp channels, something r...
by DupleMeter
Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:29 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: What are your studio's rules for clients?
Replies: 32
Views: 7582

I do mostly location work - so I don't have a lot of the same issues to deal with, but I generally have the following rules: [1] 25% deposit required to book a date, deposits are non-refundable [2] cancellations within 48 hours of the date are billed at 100% of the agreement [3] cancellations outsid...
by DupleMeter
Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Doubled Acoustic Guitar tips and techniques
Replies: 25
Views: 5342

To add another thought: 3-string chords. One guitar playing the top 3 strings for all chords (G b e) the 2nd guitar playing the chords on the D G b strings. It keeps the voicings different and you also get them to sit together nicely. I tend to do that on top of the main strumming guitar. This is es...
by DupleMeter
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Compressing background vocals?
Replies: 16
Views: 3836

For me - I like thick and smooth BG VOXs so I add small amounts of compression at several points. When tracking I almost always have a comp on the signal before it hits the ADC for several reasons: an analog comp just adds something the digital things don't, it keeps me from having to retake if some...
by DupleMeter
Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:31 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Suggested/favorite signal chain for acoustic guitar...?
Replies: 15
Views: 3816

for the most part - a pair of KM184s will get you a lot of useful sounds from a nice old Martin.

As far as pre: Really depends. I, personally, would go for something like a Great River or a Broadhurst Gardens DAV (http://www.davelectronics.com/products.htm).
by DupleMeter
Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Go-to acoustic guitar mix techniques?
Replies: 20
Views: 4475

I engage a low shelf at about -12dB/oct and slowly bring it up until I hear the guitar thin out...then back off a hair. That keeps the low end clean. I prefer a good analog comp on acoustic and will usually lightly compress with an opto-comp as I print to disk. But...I'm not afraid to commit to a so...
by DupleMeter
Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:42 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Music Theory Book
Replies: 7
Views: 1284

having gone to berklee - I can say that if you can get the actually books used in their harmony 1-4 classes you'd be pretty well served. I believe their bookstore is online somewhere at berklee.edu.

I tried making that an actual link but it seems to refuse to render for me. Sorry.