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by tfred812
Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Bass with a pick..more like an ice pick!
Replies: 24
Views: 3956

How about a foam or felt mute under the strings by the bridge, a la Carol Kaye (who also played with a pick)?
by tfred812
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: Kids *prefer* the sizzle of MP3s...
Replies: 33
Views: 7994

Re: Kids *prefer* the sizzle of MP3s...

I'm an aging analog buff and not inherently hostile to the argument, but ... How do today's mp3s compare to the heavily EQed and specially mastered 45s from the golden age of pop? Esp as they were played over AM radios? I'd think mp3s would sound better, but I haven't A-Bed them. But that's the anal...
by tfred812
Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:30 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: macbook pro users please report
Replies: 11
Views: 1650

You might want to hold off for a couple of weeks, if you can. New MBPs are rumored to drop mid-month, with "aggressive pricing." Even if you decide not to go for a new one, I would bet refurbs will drop in price as well. http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/09/10/apple_notebook_overhaul_rumored_f...
by tfred812
Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: "Original Master Recording" CDs
Replies: 2
Views: 1191

The two you cite are Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs reissues. This audiophile label makes use of the "Original Master Recording" as a kind of promotional banner as well as a statement of philosophy, about which you can read more here: http://www.mofi.com/productcart/pc/viewcontent.asp?idpage=4. In short...
by tfred812
Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: electric mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 1481

I have a Mandobird IV that I cobbled together out of parts from eBay (and the bits of an VIII waiting in my shop for a bridge). Good fun, and it's my 2-year-old's favorite ax. Don't do what I did and buy the "special" electric mandolin strings offered on eBay. Brutally stiff. Next time I get strings...
by tfred812
Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: electric mandolin
Replies: 9
Views: 1481

I have a Mandobird IV that I cobbled together out of parts from eBay (and the bits of an VIII waiting in my shop for a bridge). Good fun, and it's my 2-year-old's favorite ax. Don't do what I did and buy the "special" electric mandolin strings offered on eBay. Brutally stiff. Next time I get strings...
by tfred812
Mon May 19, 2008 1:44 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Best money you can spend on your basement studio?
Replies: 21
Views: 6677

Since this thread has attracted some knowledgeable posters, perhaps someone can help me. I, too, have a low-ceiling basement space ? which I finished with drywall ceiling before I knew it would be a studio space. (Damn. I'd have much preferred hanging burlap on the ceiling to renting a drywall jack)...
by tfred812
Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:55 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: "Deserter's Songs" 35mm Film
Replies: 10
Views: 2170

Sinatra recorded an album (The Concert Sinatra) on 35mm film in 1963. From Charles Granata's amazing "Sessions with Sinatra": "...The proceedings were preserved via a Westrex 35mm recording system: a sprocket-type multihead-head magnetic recorder, utilizing 35mm recording film for the greatest possi...
by tfred812
Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:07 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Creativity/being stuck, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 6315

I think eveyrone who has respect for music and writing has felt what you feel. That's why I also think cultivating a temporary, completely unrealistic (or hell, realistic) sense of superiority to your heroes is a handy technique for creators. There may be people out there who actually do hate the Be...
by tfred812
Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: Books/ Writing about music
Replies: 20
Views: 4259

Nick Tosches really needs to be on this list: Hellfire: The Jerry Lee Lewis Story Dino: Living High in Dirty Business of Dreams Unsung Heroes of Rock 'n Roll Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock and Roll They are all funny, scabrous, and true to the spirit of the figures he writes about. I think he's ...
by tfred812
Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:14 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Whaddya Like? Nearfield Monitors??
Replies: 14
Views: 2071

Toolshed, how do you have your Met7s set up: How near the rear wall, with the sub or no, etc? Glad to find another Met7 enthusiast.

Oh, and if others are interested, they do show up on eBay occassionally. That's where I got mine.
by tfred812
Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: People/Places/Things
Topic: Trip to Chicago - Where should I go? What should I see?
Replies: 20
Views: 2894

The Art Institute is one of the world's great museums and should not be missed. And Millenium Park is pretty great. And I love Guitar Works in Evanston (http://www.guitarworksltd.com/). Musically, these may be outside your normal listening, but if you have big ears and can score seats, the Chicago S...
by tfred812
Sat Jul 01, 2006 12:25 pm
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: McCartney- Ram
Replies: 7
Views: 1556

Always liked Ram. I don't know about lo-fi, tho. It was recorded at CBS and A&R Studios in New York, with Phil Ramone among the engineers. Hugh McCracken and David Spinozza were the guitarists on the sessions, and the New York Philharmonic appears on a couple of tracks. Probably pretty state of the ...
by tfred812
Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:35 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: vox pathfinder or epiphone valve jr. ?
Replies: 17
Views: 2935

Re: vox pathfinder or epiphone valve jr.

Don't have the Epi, so I can't compare, but as a satisfied Pathfinder owner I thought I'd point out its distinctively Vox-like attack. When I first plugged into mine, plucked a string, and heard that satisfying "thoink" I immediately thought of "Twist and Shout" and thought: "So that's where the Bea...