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by Z-Plane
Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Best Digital Drum Machine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2641

You mean a sampler then ;) Really? I am so confused. I used to use an Alesis SR-16 when I recorded on tape. I'm just trying to find something like that to use in Cubase, honestly. Almost any drum VST is going to be the same architechture as a VST sampler with a different skin. EZ drummer and the li...
by Z-Plane
Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Best Digital Drum Machine?
Replies: 14
Views: 2641

You mean a sampler then ;)
by Z-Plane
Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:01 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Ear Care
Replies: 37
Views: 8991

Simple - MAX earplugs offer -37dB and are very cheap in bulk. I leave multiple packs in every bag, box, pocket and vehicle so they are always at hand. I do plenty of work that can hit way above 120dB and I have tried many more expensive plugs yet always come back to these babies. Sonically, the top ...
by Z-Plane
Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Live dub controlled from the stage
Replies: 11
Views: 2542

Could work out, but could also be risky if you ever need loud monitors. That part could be a real nightmare unless you go IEM because any feedback creeping into a dub fx chain will go nuclear pretty quick. Limiters would again raise your noisefloor and all you might need at FOH is a touch of compres...
by Z-Plane
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:33 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Years of Recordings Possibly Lost?
Replies: 10
Views: 2948

Hang on - anyone able to bounce tracks to .WAV and save MIDI files in a folder has probably future-proofed their work for decades, no matter what system or DAW so long as you label things clearly its done and dusted. You can restore these sessions in just minutes on any current system or likely any ...
by Z-Plane
Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Workin On Tube Amps - Safety First!
Replies: 15
Views: 5201

1. Keep one hand behind your back 2. Make a cap discharge tool 3. Keep one hand behind your back I'd be a bit concerned about your "other modifications" idea. The above might get you through popular mods when following detailed instructions, but its not sound advice unless you know exactly what you'...
by Z-Plane
Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Attended vs. Unattended sessions. Different Rate?
Replies: 19
Views: 4018

aaron mcdonald wrote:my dad was an auto-mechanic.. he used to say "$20 an hour, $30 if you watch, $40 if you help."
+1

More like +10!
by Z-Plane
Sat Dec 17, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Why would a cd sound distorted on only some cd players?
Replies: 24
Views: 5831

wren wrote:
MoreSpaceEcho wrote:i could redo your records with a bitcrusher plug on there...
Don't use a plugin, use outboard gear. So much warmer... :wink:
Yes, I'm a big fan of the analog bitcrusher.
by Z-Plane
Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Getting noise complaints, Need some ideas!
Replies: 13
Views: 4231

1. There is no cheap fix! 2. You need to be damned sure that sound is not escaping from other points before you blame everything on the door. 3. Mass-air-mass, forget plywood as it has very little mass. I would suggest a double wall using half inch sheetrock on the outside with mineral wool (no less...
by Z-Plane
Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: To get some iron on the mixdown
Replies: 11
Views: 2734

I have bounced stereo files through a mono preamp many times and you should have no problem bouncing one channel at a time via your DAW. If you are concerned about the sync its easy enough to test - process one channel twice giving you two separate but identical bounces, reverse the phase on one and...
by Z-Plane
Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Level matching of A/B samples on mastering websites
Replies: 16
Views: 3998

No. In a mastering house the ME will always try to match levels when providing you with an A/B.

Ever notice how this whole before and after thing seems inversely proportional to how successful the mastering facility really is?
by Z-Plane
Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Why are my tape cassette decks popping??
Replies: 21
Views: 4558

Sound-Design-Live wrote:I'm recording from cassette to Protools through various interfaces.
Now there's novelty for you. Don't explain any further unless its equally or even more insane than those pictures. Bravo!
by Z-Plane
Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:11 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Let's talk tube mics
Replies: 26
Views: 6954

The more tubey and expensive you go, the more characteristic your mic response. One session I was doing with a songwriting team and session vocals we hired in the AKG C12, a lovely mic but this particular singer was not sounding great down it. The session ran over and the hire company came to collec...
by Z-Plane
Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Line mixers and summing boxes
Replies: 12
Views: 4227

Yes - multi with TRS tails into a project box about 4x3x2 inches, pretty secure as the box is metal with plastic ends and a heavy cable gland. Stripboard could be mounted in the internal slots or held with silicone and the passive network is reduced to a couple inches of stripboard and pops out with...
by Z-Plane
Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Power amp hum
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

Thanks for the reply its a KAM MDJ2, which probably returns even less useful information than cheap disco amp. Usual budget innards from what I can see and I was curious if the mono=clean/stereo=hum issue had a general earthing test or fix I could perform.