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by ashcat_lt
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: simple level control device?
Replies: 13
Views: 320

Re: simple level control device?

Quick and dirty: A typical passive DI box is a voltage step-down, and if that's not enough, they very often will have switches for additional padding.
by ashcat_lt
Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Out of phase guitars
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Out of phase guitars

You didn't ask, but of course the final polarity of the output of any given amp depends on a number of things. Most preamp tube stages are inverting, so how many of those it goes through makes a difference. In some amps, one channel will have a different number of inverting stages from the other, so...
by ashcat_lt
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Truth time- incredibly dumb things you did when you didn't know any better
Replies: 35
Views: 1333

Re: Truth time- incredibly dumb things you did when you didn't know any better

Ha. Yeah I had a very similar experience a couple years ago... I tracked, mixed, and mastered a whole split record for a pair of bands, and they dubbed the distribution cassettes by playing it from a computer into a guitar amp and capturing it on tape recorders they'd got from Goodwill. Was grindco...
by ashcat_lt
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: DAW as live mixer suggestions
Replies: 12
Views: 512

Re: DAW as live mixer suggestions

I'm so confused. You said (and I agree) that stock plugins would probably be fine, but then you're talking about 3rd party plugins from UAD and Waves? What you didn't mention is which DAW you're using, but I do know that with Reaper and a halfway decent machine, you'd ought to be able to get 20 trac...
by ashcat_lt
Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Can Someone Explain Why This Isn't Working To Me
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Can Someone Explain Why This Isn't Working To Me

I used to do a lot of syncing of midi devices both to FSK and SMPTE/MTC, but I never had to cross the streams (had machines that just followed FSK natively and have never used a converter like you've got), and also it was almost 20 years ago when I stopped needing it, and I've killed most of the bra...
by ashcat_lt
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Your storage solutions - esp for cables
Replies: 9
Views: 1384

Re: Your storage solutions - esp for cables

I just kind of happened to have a spare keyboard stand around, so most of my mic cables hang off of that. Then I decided to move the dresser out of my kids' room to give them more space, so I moved that to studio. It's got four drawers - headphones and stuff, mic and stuff, adapters and DIs and stuf...
by ashcat_lt
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Vocal Recording Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1103

Re: Vocal Recording Question

Papanate wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:10 pm
(15 years old...) for the last couple of years.
How'd you manage that? I told mine he wasn't allowed to turn 10, so he's had seven 9th birthdays.
by ashcat_lt
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing with the band there
Replies: 21
Views: 3008

Re: Mixing with the band there

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Tried that once a long time ago. It wasn't horrible, but I'm not going there anymore.
by ashcat_lt
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing template in Reaper
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: Mixing template in Reaper

randrohe wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:30 pm
Hey Ashcat, could you give me an example of a non linear plug in?
Compressor, limiter, gate, expander, clipper, saturation, most "analog emulation" type things. Anything where the effect depends on the level.
by ashcat_lt
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing template in Reaper
Replies: 10
Views: 1455

Re: Mixing template in Reaper

It only matters if you have some non-linear processing on the bus/folder tracks, and then generally only because you'll need different settings on those plugins.
by ashcat_lt
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Speeding up a song after tracking without altering pitch
Replies: 10
Views: 1526

Re: Speeding up a song after tracking without altering pitch

Honestly, straight varispeed is always the least damaging way to do it. In this case, it'll cause a 58 cent shift. Just over half a semitone. Nobody will ever notice unless they actually try to play along. It's a time-tested technique that really just works.
by ashcat_lt
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Speeding up a song after tracking without altering pitch
Replies: 10
Views: 1526

Re: Speeding up a song after tracking without altering pitch

Short answer is no. The only way to accomplish it is literally resynthesis (what Ableton did for you) and it is always prone to potential artifacts. There ARE different algorithms out there, and some work better on certain material, but there's no one good answer. IDK if Ableton gives you any option...
by ashcat_lt
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Let's talk guitar amp recording
Replies: 26
Views: 2663

Re: Let's talk guitar amp recording

...no killing my ears. An amp sim is no excuse. ;) It's still true that if you really want it to sound like it was loud - with all of the sustain and feedback that entails - then it actually has to be loud in real SPL at the guitar. I very often will run a dedicated output for the guitar after the ...
by ashcat_lt
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Tracking Unusual Instruments
Replies: 25
Views: 3102

Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

I make actual noise, so I've recorded some fairly unusual things. A stainless steel bowl with some change, some water, and a pair of those singing exercise ball things with dynamic mic on either side while I swirled it around. We once brought the corrugated steel sheet from the back wall of our carp...
by ashcat_lt
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Reamped Bass Phase Issue
Replies: 15
Views: 2566

Re: Reamped Bass Phase Issue

I bet the tone controls on the amp weren't set flat. Filters affect phase. You'd probably do better limiting the frequency range of each of the tracks so that they don't overlap in the low end. A lot of people use the DI for the more open and dynamic low end and then highpass the amp track for the f...