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by nortstudio
Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Long Distance Mixing
Replies: 9
Views: 2762

No question that rough mixes are part of the "clocked" session. The fact that they are not there while you are WORKING doesn't mean you are not working! Know what I mean? Fortunately most bands with some experience do understand this. If they do not, you need to take it upon yourself to make sure th...
by nortstudio
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Suggest please: low fatigue monitors
Replies: 17
Views: 4026

If you are looking for inexpensive, and smaller monitors (for a home setup), I have had some good luck with the yamaha HS-50s. I did a review of some monitors for the freqControl site (link below). As stated earlier, it's all very subjective. Best bet is to narrow it down to a few pairs, and take a ...
by nortstudio
Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: What's the cheapest mic that really wowed you?
Replies: 59
Views: 13648

The shiny box ribbons are pretty impressive for the money.

I also got some really cheap Nadys and had them modified by Joly. Brought them to Avatar Studio just in case, and ended up using them on the session, despite the amazing choices they had there.
by nortstudio
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: You must check out this Lowwwww Tech studio!
Replies: 3
Views: 1727

Very, very cool. Don't know how much fun it would be for the band (if the gear needs life coaxing out of it) but I would have a ball there!
by nortstudio
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:00 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mic/Pre Amp EQ vs Post EQ
Replies: 10
Views: 2574

High Pass can be really helpful for all the reasons stated above - but I have to admit, I have never used a 421 in any mode other than "M."

Might just be superstition.
by nortstudio
Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:56 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Bass DI Problems/Revamping questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2154

I know you mention that the noise is your computer - and it very well may be. Do you have an external hard drive hooked up when the noise occurs? Is it firewire? I have had similar, strange sounds come from certain audio hard drives when they are plugged into the studio computer - almost sounds like...
by nortstudio
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:41 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Factory B-Stock Yamaha HS50's
Replies: 3
Views: 905

There is a review going up soon of the HS50s on the freqControl site. I have been using them for quite a while now, and still feel they were the best choice in the price range. At $100 off, you really can't go wrong. If you are nervous about the "used" factor, check to see how much the replacement w...
by nortstudio
Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:33 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Good home stereo
Replies: 13
Views: 2452

I bought a pair of Kef speakers a long time ago, for use checking mixes at home. They definitely reveal different things than my studio set-up, and the full tower versions (better bass response than the equivalent bookshelf version) were only about $450 at the time. Obviously, best to go to a stereo...
by nortstudio
Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:01 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: AC Return for studio
Replies: 1
Views: 1318

Typically ducting will be run, for as long of a distance as possible, preferably with some turns in the duct. In the first studio I ever worked at, they had the AC duct running from the street all the way through the lobby (probably 30 feet) before it hit the control room. We never heard the AC nois...
by nortstudio
Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:56 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Bad interns
Replies: 34
Views: 9671

Horror Story: I had one intern who seemed fine, if not a little socially awkward. One day, after he had left for the day (we run 2 shifts per day, one intern per shift), the client told me that he had seen the intern copy some songs from my personal laptop, which contained unreleased mixes of two al...
by nortstudio
Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:42 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Long Distance Mixing
Replies: 9
Views: 2762

Subatomic is right. Too often we end up questioning whether we have a "right" to charge for our work and time. And once you open that door, there are far too many clients that A) see it as so easy (and free) that they will ask for a bunch of changes, and B) fail to respect the extra time you are giv...
by nortstudio
Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing with guitar pedals
Replies: 18
Views: 5055

Sometimes, I am recording to another track - mainly because I want the clean track to remain 'as is.' if it's a flaky effect (space echo), it's good to have the sound solidly in your system - without worrying about it changing as the mix goes on. Also, I am often just bringing it up on the console w...
by nortstudio
Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:06 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing with guitar pedals
Replies: 18
Views: 5055

I often use pedals while mixing - or reamp certain tracks through amps in the live room. A trick I was taught a long time ago, when i assisted, was to run your board signal (or soundcard signal, back then it as tape) out to a DI in reverse. This came from the days before REAMP made their products. F...
by nortstudio
Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:53 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Getting used to new room and monitors
Replies: 2
Views: 770

I agree with JWL. I was fortunate enough to do a gig at Avatar in NYC, and coming from my own space, I found the room (which some would consider one of the best) sounding weird to me. Fact is, it is different, and therefore puts you off from your comfort zone. When I travel to some new space, I alwa...
by nortstudio
Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: John Agnello talks recording philosophy...
Replies: 4
Views: 1495

John Agnello talks recording philosophy...

Hey folks. We recently posted some interviews with Engineer/Producer, and TapeOp interviewee John Agnello on the freqControl site. We caught John after a yer of working with Sonic Youth, Dinosaur JR, Hold Steady and more. He discusses his history, thoughts on in-the-box mixing, the state of the indu...