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by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Your favorite general use eq plugin
Replies: 11
Views: 233

Re: Your favorite general use eq plugin

They're pretty old at this point but so am I - Waves API eqs. All three depending what I need. Waves Pultec. Pro tools standard EQs - 1 band and 7 band. There are way more advanced options but i know these so well that it's quick and easy to dial stuff in. Plus I've made a ton of my own presets to g...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Looking for mixer to pair with Fostex R8
Replies: 9
Views: 246

Re: Looking for mixer to pair with Fostex R8

I had a Soundcraft Spirit Studio on loan for a while and it was quite good. Lots of routing options - auxes, bus & direct outs. PreAmps and EQs were pretty good and it’s was pretty solid and reliable.
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jul 06, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Latest gear you've acquired.....
Replies: 3870
Views: 825191

Re: Latest gear you've acquired.....

I picked up a slightly used parlor guitar a few days ago, from "Simon and Patrick". Canadian maker, somehow affiliated with Godin, Seagull, and the like. Nice price for a solid wood guitar, now to brush up on my cowboy chord work. https://i.imgur.com/W5DABVI.jpg I have the Art & Lutherie version of...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Waddaya's workin' on this Forf weekend?
Replies: 9
Views: 371

Re: Waddaya's workin' on this Forf weekend?

Working on week 2 of the family vacation in Denmark. Today we're in Arhus (the second largest city) and it's fantastic.
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing an 8 piece band with an edge
Replies: 14
Views: 399

Re: Mixing an 8 piece band with an edge

Yeah the reverb on his records is totally key to me. I "get" room sound, and I understand various effects styles being applied to tracks (pre-delay, plate vs spring vs digital etc), but I can't crack the way they put space into these recordings (or capture it). It's very cool sounding. . A key elem...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing an 8 piece band with an edge
Replies: 14
Views: 399

Re: Mixing an 8 piece band with an edge

To me Fela’s records share a lot of the sound and production/engineering approach of James Brown records from the late 60’s/early 70’s (and a lot of American r&b of that era). They sound like they were made well but fast and most of the tones and sound is happening in the room live. They sound like ...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: M. Ward's Drum Sound on "Never Had Nobody Like You"
Replies: 7
Views: 311

Re: M. Ward's Drum Sound on "Never Had Nobody Like You"

I’m listening on an iPad so take some of this with a grain in of salt. Snare sounds like it’s all bottom mic with the top head muffled. Maybe a cloth over it or something like that. Kick sounds like there is no front head and a mic with lots of mids and highs right up on the beater. Sounds like it’s...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: 8 Channel Hum Eliminator before Tape
Replies: 6
Views: 247

Re: 8 Channel Hum Eliminator before Tape

Not to derail things but this sounds like a symptom of a bigger issue. Do you only have hum on the tape machine? Have you confirmed that your feed lines to the machine are wired properly (sounds like it but I'd double and triple check). How's the power in the studio? Have you checked that it's actua...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sun Jun 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: transparent 500 series pre
Replies: 15
Views: 622

Re: transparent 500 series pre

My old studio partner had the millennia and true precision 8s in our shared space. Both were great and had no “sound”. They sounded like the source and the mic. The millennia was more prone to problems though. Switches and knobs would develop crackles and dead/noisy spots. The trues were rock solid ...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Would Dumping from an 8 track repeatedly cause sync issues?
Replies: 9
Views: 342

Re: Would Dumping from an 8 track repeatedly cause sync issues?

Synching multiple passes from a tape machine will make you crazy. It's not worth it. You can however record through the Otari 8 track into the computer. I've done it with two track machines and there's no reason it wouldn't work with an 8 track. Basically you split your pre-amp sends so that one ver...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: U195 and too many midrange mics
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: U195 and too many midrange mics

I probably have between 5 and 9 different dynamic mics up (all under $400) any time I track a whole band depending on how many guitar amps they're using and whether I was using a ribbon or condenser on said guitar amps. I seem to rock more dynamics than anything else on a full band session. As soon...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Thu May 30, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: tracking headphones 2019 (for the performers)
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: tracking headphones 2019 (for the performers)

AKG K52s over here. Admittedly I bought them because they were one of the cheaper, robust options. I'm always reluctant to spend a bunch on tracking headphone because they get trashed so quickly. The K52s are pretty decent for the price. They're a little too dull sounding for critical applications b...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sun May 19, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: An Analog Setup for My Needs (Tape Machine Talk)
Replies: 12
Views: 568

Re: An Analog Setup for My Needs (Tape Machine Talk)

I can’t comment on the ms16 beyond the already stated fact that 1” is more expensive and that it doesn’t have a great reputation for sound. I have an msr16 which is a great machine for what it is. It’s not 2” by any stretch but it can sound really good and you can easily make a good sounding record ...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat May 18, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing a band with a single, mono electric guitar
Replies: 40
Views: 1520

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

Power trio type arrangements are tricky unless you start breaking some tried and true mix conventions. The easiest thing to do is a mono or wide mono mix. Instruments panned centre but maybe with stereo room and drums. The other approach is to start thinking about panning drums and Bass away from th...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Mon May 13, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Tracks imported from Mackie DL32R are hissing. They weren't before.
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Tracks imported from Mackie DL32R are hissing. They weren't before.

What happens when you run other things out of the computer through those same channels? What happens if you route one of the clean tracks through one of the hissy channels? Is the previously clean track now hissy? If yes then the problem is on that channel of the interface or mixer. If not then the ...