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by cgarges
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Upping my percussion recording skills
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Upping my percussion recording skills

DrummerMan wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:57 am
Oh, its 100% true!
I've done this with the sides of my calves, too. It's not as convincing as a group of people, but it works in a pinch.

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: recording glock/xylophone
Replies: 6
Views: 290

Re: recording glock/xylophone

Everything Tony said!

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Favorite Hardware Reverb Unit
Replies: 19
Views: 1048

Re: Favorite Hardware Reverb Unit

I've used a Bricasti and they're amazing, but I don't own one. Otherwise, I REALLY love the Klark Teknik DN-780. EMT plates are pretty fantastic (again, I don't own one, but I've used LOTS of them over the years). Sony DPS-R7s are also really cool and can be had super-cheap these days. Also really l...
by cgarges
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Latest gear you've acquired.....
Replies: 4024
Views: 869605

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

I read a descrip of the Limpander cranked as like, "Velveeta in a dust storm". :twisted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSoaLLbHiDM I hadn't seen that video. It's a pretty good demo. Mine only had the input control on the front, but there were input, output, and a threshold control with screwdrive...
by cgarges
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Latest gear you've acquired.....
Replies: 4024
Views: 869605

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

I went sort of nuts recently and bought a Dangerous Compressor and a BLUE-restored Telefunken U48. I also bought a Limpander from Mitch Easter. I'm loving all three!

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: small mixers for tracking headphones?
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: small mixers for tracking headphones?

I designed a pretty crazy system for Old House Studio when we moved seven years ago and it's been working pretty well. I found a distribution amp made by Rane and bought a few of those. The individual cue system channels (eight, to correspond to the mono inputs on a Mackie 1202) come up in the patch...
by cgarges
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Upping my percussion recording skills
Replies: 28
Views: 1176

Re: Upping my percussion recording skills

I generally record tambourines from either kind of far away (a few feet) to "really far away" (other side of the room). These days, I generally love Coles 4038s for the kind of close stuff and a condenser for the farther stuff. And I've had a lot of luck with relatively inexpensive condensers. I lov...
by cgarges
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: repair 414 headbasket
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: repair 414 headbasket

If you send it to AKG, it'll be expensive and there will be a lot of red tape. If you contact Richard Land directly (without going through AKG), you might save yourself a few bucks and some headache. Richard does good work.

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: How long does it take you to mix?
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

Re: How long does it take you to mix?

It's really all over the place for me. There are a lot of factors: How many instruments? Do I need to fix performance stuff? Did I record it? If not, are there any issues I need to address to get it in shape to mix? Is the song complicated with a lot of parts? Does the band expect the mix to be dras...
by cgarges
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Need help with U87 XLR jack repair
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Need help with U87 XLR jack repair

I need to strip a little insulation off the ends of the wires that broke at the connector in order to resolder but these are VERY TINY wires and i doubt I can use a wire cutter and not cut the wire for something this small... I had to do this recently with a U48 I just bought. Stripping the insulat...
by cgarges
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: dark condensers on the cheap for high SPLs
Replies: 19
Views: 1330

Re: dark condensers on the cheap for high SPLs

The X1D is a killer tom mic. SE is insane for discontinuing them. I liked them so much, I bought eight of them. I use them for all kinds of stuff. Anyway, they're not as inexpensive, but the Audio Technica 4047 sounds a lot like the X1D on toms. Makes sense, since they're both kinda based on the FET...
by cgarges
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Limiter on rough mixes
Replies: 23
Views: 1845

Re: Limiter on rough mixes

I set it to threshhold of -1.0 dB, and an output of -0.2 dB. I do a similar thing for the same reasons. My user default on my "loudness limiter" plugin is Boz Labs' "The Wall" with the threshold starting at -01 and the output at -01. I adjust the threshold from there. I don't use it all the time, b...
by cgarges
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Bass Plugins
Replies: 28
Views: 1583

Re: Bass Plugins

Recycled_Brains wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:42 am
I think the Soundtoys Radiator is pretty cool too, but not nearly as flexible.
Agreed! Not usually my choice for bass, but a really great alternative to Decapitator in general.

I wish they'd get back to developing some more stuff. Everything they make is SO good!

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Bass Plugins
Replies: 28
Views: 1583

Re: Bass Plugins

I usually recording bass via DI these days and aside from general EQ and compression, I'm often applying a bit of distortion via a plugin to get a little bit of "life" that helps the bass cut through a rock track. Nine times out of ten, I'm using the amazing SoundToys Decapitator, which is useful on...
by cgarges
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Advice on next steps to move setup forward
Replies: 9
Views: 831

Re: Advice on next steps to move setup forward

Be aware that if you want a console, but you also don't want something you're going to have to do maintenance work on, your best option is going to be something new or something recently restored. Any console over ten or fifteen years old is going to need frequent cleaning of switches and pots and e...