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by douglas baldwin
Tue Feb 08, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Multi-Effects Pedals
Replies: 13
Views: 2493

I regularly play two extremes of music on guitar: * A club-n-bar cover band that plays a lot of soul, blues, reggae, and classic rock (vintage guitar sounds, mostly) * Ambient, heavily effected loop-n-drone (stuff that barely sounds like a guitar) I use a Boss GT-8 for both. I also love me some tube...
by douglas baldwin
Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Drum machine recommendations, please
Replies: 9
Views: 1166

Thanks for the recommendations and re-thinkings. It looks like an MPC 2000 is in my near future. I'm surprised nobody weighed in on the Mashine. No users out there?
by douglas baldwin
Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Drum machine recommendations, please
Replies: 9
Views: 1166

Drum machine recommendations, please

I started out on an Alesis HR-16 back in the mid-to-late 80s. That unit s-l-o-w-l-y disintegrated by about 2000. So, like Goldilocks, I bought: * Alesis HR-18. Pads suck - no dynamic range. * Boss DR-880. Too slow to work with - menus within menus within menus, and the "save" step takes ten freakin'...
by douglas baldwin
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:30 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Lunchbox amps?
Replies: 19
Views: 6702

Check out the newest Guitar Player magazine - Dec 2010, Dweezil Zappa on the cover. They review five little low-watt amps: Dr. Z Monza Egnater Tweaker Mesa/Boogie Transatlantic (Editors' Pick) Victoria Ivy League (Editors' Pick) 65 Amps Tupelo As to what constitutes a true Class A circuit vs. simply...
by douglas baldwin
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: MXL 992 LDC bargain
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

Good info, team. And speaking of mods, I am going to check the basket for that extra layer of spit-shield (and rip it out if it's there) and put a piece of foam in the body to eliminate that "tong-tong" sound when you tap it. Someday I'll get into swapping out the caps, or maybe just send them to Gu...
by douglas baldwin
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: MXL 992 LDC bargain
Replies: 5
Views: 1616

MXL 992 LDC bargain

Apparently the MXL 992 LDC is out of production. Musician's Friend just blew them out for $70 a pop in their Stupid Deal of the Day. I grabbed two. My apologies for not alerting y'all - I just didn't have the time. Check around - some other big box might be blowing them out, too. According to some r...
by douglas baldwin
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mod your cheap pickups
Replies: 29
Views: 4017

Oh boy oh boy oh boy. This is some of the most exciting stuff about pickups I've read in a long, long time. Re. Michael Joly's description of "string return" acoustic guitar pickups (a single Alnico magnet under the strings, the strings wired in series and fed into a current amp, best amplified acou...
by douglas baldwin
Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Me vs. A Wall of Marshall Stacks
Replies: 33
Views: 8359

Hey, I'm liking this. My only 2 cents: maybe add just a leeetle bit of room reverb to the voices, just a teeeny hint of ambience, and maybe an even teeensier bit of the same to the mix overall, just to put everything "in the same room." You know, just a hint and mostly in the midrange - no freaking ...
by douglas baldwin
Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: acousitc guitar live
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

Hey Josh - I'm glad I could help a bit, and hopefully focus your search. It seems the Cole Clark onboard preamp has a blender for the bridge/face pickups, no? That should give you some control, and along with the Feedback Buster, may be all you need. My own take is to avoid outboard preamps, compres...
by douglas baldwin
Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:30 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: acousitc guitar live
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

The qualities that make an acoustic guitar sound great acoustically are the qualities that make it sound terrible when amplified. A good acoustic guitar will be light and resonant at a wide range of frequencies. It will have a pliant top that will respond quickly to small fluctuations. I'll bet you...
by douglas baldwin
Fri Mar 26, 2010 6:34 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Guitar/outboard gear - a new classic.
Replies: 23
Views: 3643

The Valn0tt is certainly this week's "go to" gear. Man, I had to change my underwear three times while watching that YouTube clip. I mean, the LOWS! But here's a piece of kit that has clients lined up at my studio, BEGGING to book time. "Please, Mister Baldwin. PLEASE let us record our potential Top...
by douglas baldwin
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: what is your favorite locking tuner for the electric guitar?
Replies: 9
Views: 1257

+1 on Planet Waves. I like the little thing that chops off the string. It means I don't have to carry wire cutters around to change strings, and I don't scrape my hands or cut my fingertips on those evil 1/4" string ends.
by douglas baldwin
Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:26 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: recommend gutiar stands and music stands
Replies: 18
Views: 2565

I have a quadrillion guitars and basses - ok, I have over twenty - and I'm often using them in batches of four/five/six at a time when I track. And my real estate is very limited - the studio is about 12 x 15. Here's what I use: * Wall hangers. I like that DIY http://www.instructables.com/id/Guitar-...
by douglas baldwin
Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: cleaning out sound holes in acoustic guitars
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Woah. Save your money, buddy. You sound like some guitar accessory sales guy's definition of a "bottom." Total respect, versuviusx, really. Don't get me wrong. But I have a problem with the selling of all this STUFF when cheap hardware store items do the same things for less money and less environme...
by douglas baldwin
Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:43 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: NYC acoustic guitar repair
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

+1 for Mandolin Brothers Roger Sadowsky. Flip Scipio (former head of Mandolin Brothers). I don't know who's at the bench at Matt Umanov's shop, but I'll bet they're good. Likewise for Rudy's Music. Peekamoose. Evan Gluck at New York Guitar Repair. Google, pick up the phone, ask fellow guitarists, an...