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by frans_13
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: transparent 500 series pre
Replies: 15
Views: 619

Re: transparent 500 series pre

You can't do much wrong with a JLM audio preamp, for clean the Baby Animal neutral would be nice - i wanted to look at his site but had trouble to get there. Then the Sound Skulptor MP599 is in a similar vein than the old ISA preamps and have top notch Lundahl transformers and some other nice featur...
by frans_13
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: tracking headphones 2019 (for the performers)
Replies: 15
Views: 634

Re: tracking headphones 2019 (for the performers)

I found the Vic Firth headphones rather flimsy when one drummer brought his pair. No wonder they break easily. Tried out the Monoprice headphones because i was curious - don't sound good, not even for the money, cheap plastic, breaking easy. The extreme isolation headphones are so-so, the upper mode...
by frans_13
Thu May 23, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar
Replies: 40
Views: 1515

Re: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar

By the way, here's what i learnt to align mics on amps: have the guitar player plug/unplug. Buzz, crackle, bang. Zoom in on the waveform, move one of the mics, record again, closer, repeat, now they combine nicely. I know many of you know that already but it doesn't hurt for the two people stumbling...
by frans_13
Thu May 23, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar
Replies: 40
Views: 1515

Re: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar

All about making people happy at the end of the day! That's exactly the point, getting how the band perceive themselves (C), hearing where they are (A) and finding a way to bridge A-B-C. If the band is not happy, you didn't get to C. It helps when the band is not too deluded to where their "C" is ;...
by frans_13
Wed May 22, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar
Replies: 40
Views: 1515

Re: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar

surprising to hear people suggest using two amps etc. etc. etc. when it's stated that band wants to sound like themselves Of course it doesn't happen without the band knowing what's going on. I don't use it to re-invent the sound of the band but to translate the sheer force of a show into something...
by frans_13
Tue May 21, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar
Replies: 40
Views: 1515

Re: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar

I have often done bands like this, without guitar overdubs and to get more wall of sound out of a single guitar i split it to two or more amps. One is the original amp, it sounds like the band sounds. One has maybe a bit less distortion, to let the attack of notes and chords through better and the t...
by frans_13
Mon May 06, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: No fancy tube mics - am I missing out?
Replies: 40
Views: 4546

Re: No fancy tube mics - am I missing out?

I got a few nice mics and a number of others. For loud/shouted/screaming vocals in dense mixes/rock i prefer to tickle a tube pre into slight compression/overdrive of the creamy variety. That adds some overtones which will help the vocals stay afloat in the mix with distorted guitars and if i add so...
by frans_13
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: UAD 3 Plugins Pack - Which would you choose?
Replies: 18
Views: 883

Re: UAD 3 Plugins Pack - Which would you choose?

1176, of course. Then the Ocean Way (in reverb mode) does things convincing enough for me, but it's such a CPU hog (i got a dual processor card) i just render the track to stay free of trouble with some of the more hungry other plugins which gave me trouble, even if all of them were way under 90% lo...
by frans_13
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: machine room...
Replies: 10
Views: 487

Re: machine room...

I built an iso box for my machine - big enough so the heat has some room, made from sandwiched woodchip to cut down on resonances (a 1.5 inch fixed to a 0.6 inch (or so) board). It didn't even need a fan, because it's big enough. Also heavy. Houses my ancient G4 tower, which sits on another board th...
by frans_13
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: "smash channel" options, for drums... sans console?
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: "smash channel" options, for drums... sans console?

I built the host and got three of the little things, which were the Cinemag transformer and driver, the "15ips" and the JFET if i get it right. All pretty simple to build, if you already did the occasional pedal or mic pre. Of the three i like the JFET the most, but each their own. It would be nice ...
by frans_13
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Click tracks. Love them/Hate them.
Replies: 26
Views: 1402

Re: Click tracks. Love them/Hate them.

If it HAS to be synced to a machine and only then you use click. If you do pre-production, let the band play through the song like they feel the song should be and check the bpm for every part of the arrangement and prepare a click track from that, it takes people who like to be in the illusion of c...
by frans_13
Sat Dec 29, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Weathervane overhead
Replies: 31
Views: 1304

Re: Weathervane overhead

I may be crazy, but distance alone is not all there is - i find it easier to have my drumtracks in phase when i have (for example) all mics that point downwards in the same angle, say, all straight down - versus overheads pointed here, tom mics pointed there and so on.
by frans_13
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: "smash channel" options, for drums... sans console?
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: "smash channel" options, for drums... sans console?

At mixdown i usually have a "smash bus" i automate things into. Tracking with some distortion depends what i want, if it's buttery overtones over a wider dynamic range it will be a tube input somewhere. If it's over a narrower dynamic target, a lot of gear is open for abuse. For a bunch of different...
by frans_13
Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade
Topic: SOLD dbx 242 eq
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: FS: dbx 242 eq

In Bob Orbans words: "The design started out as the successor to the Orban 642. The improvement was a complex crosscoupled feedback arrangement that allowed reciprocal curves to +/-16dB EQ, yet still allowed an infinite notch. The whole thing required a MAJOR optimization to solve all of the relevan...
by frans_13
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Tape Op Magazine
Topic: Dear larry
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Re: Dear larry

There's way too little about stealing candy from kids as a means of keeping the studio lights on in TAPE OP. Please, Larry.