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by A.David.MacKinnon
Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: instrument DI box bang-for-buck
Replies: 27
Views: 360

Re: instrument DI box bang-for-buck

It's true I don't need to go high end for something that may not even be used that much. Thanks for the input. I just think the point being made by many here is that if you spend a bit and get something solid (even if it has more features than you need today) it'll be a tool that will stay and evol...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jan 16, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: instrument DI box bang-for-buck
Replies: 27
Views: 360

Re: instrument DI box bang-for-buck

Get yourself a Radial JDI and be done with it. You'll have and use it forever.
by A.David.MacKinnon
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Help me design my rooms
Replies: 16
Views: 232

Re: Help me design my rooms

My first impression is that the rooms are quite small - 11.5' x 11.5 live room and 10(ish) x 11.5' control room. What are you recording? Is this place for your own music or are you mostly recoding others? What kind of music? Do you need two rooms or would a one room set-up be more effective? I have ...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Are the loudness wars over?
Replies: 16
Views: 283

Re: Are the loudness wars over?

Nick Sevilla wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:09 am
If I recall correctly, the loudness wars thing began in earnest with Queen's producer, Roy Thomas Baker.
I have heard that it goes back to Duane Eddy & Lee Hazlewood though I now can't find the quote.
by A.David.MacKinnon
Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: limiting busses in rock music - digital
Replies: 18
Views: 330

Re: limiting busses in rock music - digital

In a DAW I'll put any tracks that I might want to turn up or down together in a group on their own bus. Guitar bus. Drum overheads bus. Vocals bus. If I wanted to process this way, it would be quick. Don't think I'll be throwing a bunch of limiters on those buses though ;-) Now someone explain to m...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Shawn Everett techniques
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Shawn Everett techniques

Thanks, this all makes sense. I'm scratching my head a bit trying to figure out how to set up a buss that skips the processing on my master buss. I'm sure there's a way. Make a stereo aux track. Put all your master process plug ins there. Bus your multi-tracks to the input of that aux. Send the out...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: limiting busses in rock music - digital
Replies: 18
Views: 330

Re: limiting busses in rock music - digital

Compression yes. Limiting almost never.
by A.David.MacKinnon
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Connector for old Lafayette mic?
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: Connector for old Lafayette mic?

If you've got a connector with the wrong gender and pin spacing but with the right thread you can take it apart, hack an xlr to the internal wiring of the mic and then use the connector as strain relief and as a way to hide the mess.
The cable will be permanent but it's better than nothing.
by A.David.MacKinnon
Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Starting a small studio business
Replies: 10
Views: 269

Re: Starting a small studio business

If you are going to charge money for your studio. 1. Keep the place clean. Nothing says "I don't really care about your music that much" like pizza boxes in the trash from the session before. ^^^^^^ This is huge. Clean the bathroom before every session. Vacuum. Take out the garbage. Wash the dishes...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: DIY vocal/ISO booth
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: DIY vocal/ISO booth

Oooohh. I like the idea of having an outside booth for vocals. What's the ambient noise like where you are? I fear it wouldn't work here. Our warm season is short enough that it's pretty much guaranteed that someone will be doing construction within a one block radius of the studio. Sawing cement is...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Thu Jan 07, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: DIY vocal/ISO booth
Replies: 6
Views: 201

Re: DIY vocal/ISO booth

I've built many a makeshift booth out of boom stands and packing blankets. Results were always ok to questionable. What's your goal with this? Are you looking to isolate the vocal from the effects of the room or isolate from bleed? Mine never did a great deal to control bleed but it helped cut down ...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: simple level control device?
Replies: 13
Views: 297

Re: simple level control device?

I built myself a half dozen 20db inline pads a few years ago. It took about an hour. The first few took a bit of time but the rest went quite fast once I sorted out a system and got rolling. I think the cost was about $2-3 a pad and 99% of the cost is the barrel adapter. Google is your friend. There...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Altec 9473A Dual Limiter
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Altec 9473A Dual Limiter

I’ve got no advice on this but wanted to jump in and say that this thing looks bad ass! I love the old green face altec stuff.
Does this on take the octal plug in transformers? I’m assuming you’ve checked connections if it’s got terminal strips and pig tails.
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: bass drum mic - front or back?
Replies: 41
Views: 649

Re: bass drum mic - front or back?

If you haven’t explored it you should really try taking the reso head off. If your default is micing inside near the beater then taking the reso head off can really focus the sound and take a lot of the woofyness out of the equation. It also opens up your placement options because you’re not working...
by A.David.MacKinnon
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: bass drum mic - front or back?
Replies: 41
Views: 649

Re: bass drum mic - front or back?

While were at it, is "front" from drummer's perspective or the audience perspective? Front head to me is the reso head but to further muddy the waters I'd never think of a back head on kick. It's front (reso) or beater. Beyond that, as others have said, it depends. On the drums, player, room, song, ...