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by bipedal
Wed May 04, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: People/Places/Things
Topic: Pachyderm studio in Cannon Falls up for sale
Replies: 8
Views: 3144

Wow. My band had the chance to do a quick recording session there in the summer of '95 (I think) -- maybe 36 hrs during a hole in the studio's schedule, engineered by a friend who was interning there at the time, Jason West (Mr. West -- you lurking around these parts?) It was the ultimate 'we had no...
by bipedal
Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Ditching Tracktion (Obviosuly/Finally).. what next?
Replies: 18
Views: 4196

I'm in a pretty similar situation as the OP (though my recording needs are more basic): Tracktion user for several years (on PC), like it a lot, but maybe time to try something new. I just downloaded Reaper today, and am working on getting myself up-to-speed on the different workflow, editing proces...
by bipedal
Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: Great albums- bad recordings
Replies: 15
Views: 4521

Husker stuff sounded like that. IMO, New Day Rising and Flip Your Wig are the best-sounding of their studio albums, but both still have gobs of that tinny fizz vibe. Among all of the official Husker Du stuff, the live album The Living End is the one that's most "listenable" to me. (Pretty rippin' ve...
by bipedal
Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Epiphone vs Agile vs other?
Replies: 16
Views: 5447

Have you stumbled across the Xaviere guitars sold by GFS? Definitely budget price range, but I recently purchased one of the Jazzmaster-ish offsets (JM40), and I'm pretty impressed with the instrument I got for the $. Nice job on finish and fret work, setup was decent out of the box. I'm a tinkerer,...
by bipedal
Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: Rock/pop from my former band in MN: new album, free mp3s
Replies: 0
Views: 581

Rock/pop from my former band in MN: new album, free mp3s

My former colleagues in the Mpls/St. Paul-based Derailleur recently unleashed their newest release, Welcome to Regret . All songs streaming or download the entire album for free from www.derailleurtheband.com . Very bare-bones recording - a couple of dynamics into a hard-disk 8 track recorder, then ...
by bipedal
Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: I like Tracktion. Will I like Reaper more?
Replies: 5
Views: 1529

I like Tracktion. Will I like Reaper more?

I do fairly limited home recording, plus mixing of tracks recorded by bandmates located across the country. Track counts under 24, no MIDI (so far). My current I/O system is a Link USB + Toshiba laptop (1.86 ghz, WinXP), and I've been using Tracktion 2 for a few years. I like Tracktion's interface, ...
by bipedal
Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: electric guitar help
Replies: 6
Views: 1719

Sounds like a JCM2000 to me. Might be interesting to try a different amp if one's readily available. Dunno, it seems like I've run across a few amp types that sound pretty good in a room but just don't record well. The distortion tone is a bit fizzy. Maybe dial back the distortion a bit to focus the...
by bipedal
Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Looking for an "acoustic blues" guitar
Replies: 9
Views: 1707

Agree with others here -- hard to get an "electric sounding" tone if recording an acoustic guitar (not to mention playability differences -- I can't do big bluesy bends on my acoustic in as convincing a manner as I can on my electric). I've had some success recording cool guitar tones with this: Ele...
by bipedal
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Decoupling humongous speakers on the cheap
Replies: 18
Views: 4268

I always thought that yoga mats would work well to isolate speakers from whatever they're sitting on. Something about the density of the foam... Cut to size for same footprint as speaker, maybe use a couple of layers if you can only find thin mats. Disclaimer: I don't know if this works (haven't tri...
by bipedal
Tue May 19, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Any suggestions for a unique/cheap guitar?
Replies: 82
Views: 26245

Something from Fret City's Jungle Master series? (Variations on Jazzmaster theme...) Can't speak to the build/sound quality of the guitars -- I just stumbled across their site earlier today while cruising the interwebs seeking a decent used Jazzmaster that's not wayyyy out of my price range (no luck...
by bipedal
Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:21 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Aiight, Fender MIM Jazz
Replies: 13
Views: 2348

I've got a MIM Jazz, '97-'98ish. Has been a great instrument, no frills but rock solid. Maybe I got lucky? I replaced original p/us with Ultra Jazz (Dimarzio?) and splurged on a BadAss bridge; both helped add some "oomph" to the sound. Aside from those tweaks, the beast has been relatively maintenan...
by bipedal
Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Tiny tube amps?
Replies: 57
Views: 22249

See if you can track down one of those little 6 watt Fender Champs -- seems like there are a bunch to be found floating around out there.

I've got an early-'70's silverface that's pretty cool and dirties up nicely when pushed. 3 knobs: Volume, Treble, Bass.
by bipedal
Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:27 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Can you suggest a drop in replacement for a socketed 4558 IC
Replies: 9
Views: 2949

I noticed this thread because 4558's are common in a lot of overdrive pedals, like Tube Screamers. 8 pin dual op-amp, pretty standard config. Take a look at this , and scroll down a little more than halfway to find the section The Opamp -- gives a short-list of different "drop-in" substitutes for 45...
by bipedal
Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Adding handles to a 2x12 combo amp?
Replies: 10
Views: 1890

Thanks for suggestions, all -- including the Fliptops recommendation; hadn't come across that resource before. The furniture dolly is a great idea, but easing the up-and-down-stairs-process is one of my goals. Looking at the combo cabinet, I'm starting to rethink the value of adding handles vs. simp...
by bipedal
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:03 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Adding handles to a 2x12 combo amp?
Replies: 10
Views: 1890

Hmm... I was thinking more handles one the sides of the cab (a la the recessed handles I've seen on some Marshall combos and a lot of cabs, but routing the sides for recessed handles might be beyond the capabilities of my limited power tool arsenal...). Handles on either end of the top *could* work ...