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by cgarges
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Bass Plugins
Replies: 28
Views: 821

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: 821

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: 513

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...
by cgarges
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Hardware Compressors for vocals on a budget
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Hardware Compressors for vocals on a budget

If replacing the mixer isn't an option, I'd be looking heavily at the FMR RNC. Those are great-sounding, very flexible stereo compressors that cost less than $100 per channel.

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: electrovoice 635A
Replies: 26
Views: 1212

Re: electrovoice 635A

I've had two of them for years. I love the way that they're sort of non-detailed, have no extended top or bottom, can take a good amount of level, and still sound okay. That makes them perfect for stuff where you don't really need "hi fi," but you may not necessarily want "lo fi." I use mine frequen...
by cgarges
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: People/Places/Things
Topic: Studio in and around Boston
Replies: 1
Views: 291

Re: Studio in and around Boston

Look two posts below this.

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: People/Places/Things
Topic: Searching for Best Studios in Boston, MA and/or Surrounding Locations
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Searching for Best Studios in Boston, MA and/or Surrounding Locations

I was hired to do a cast recording of a musical that was happening up there. We were looking specifically for a place with a good grand piano and decent isolation options. I have a bunch of friends in Boston and knew a bunch of the studios up there and Wellspring seemed like a good fit. I'm also a b...
by cgarges
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: People/Places/Things
Topic: Searching for Best Studios in Boston, MA and/or Surrounding Locations
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Searching for Best Studios in Boston, MA and/or Surrounding Locations

I had a good experience spending a week at Wellspring out in Acton a few years back. It's a funky sort of place-- pretty bohemian and vibey. Not the cleanest, slickest studio I've ever been in, but it was pretty great. Good-sounding, fairly large live room, several isolation options, and (at the tim...
by cgarges
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mixing with the band there
Replies: 21
Views: 1786

Re: Mixing with the band there

I always like having someone there. It's saved my ass SO MANY TIMES. These days, I do like to get the bulk of stuff going for a few hours before they come in, but almost without fail, if I work with the background vocal balanced right up with the lead vocal, the band wants the background vocal almos...
by cgarges
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Oktava mk 012 hypercardioid capsules
Replies: 11
Views: 946

Re: Oktava mk 012 hypercardioid capsules

It's been a long time since I've done a comparison, but from my recollection, the bleed control is noticeable with the hyper caps. Once I got a few of those, I just started using them on toms all the time until the ATM 450s came out. The ease of placing the 450s around cymbals made them more useful ...
by cgarges
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Your favorite general use eq plugin
Replies: 20
Views: 1551

Re: Your favorite general use eq plugin

Massenburg MDW

Chris Garges
Charlotte, NC
by cgarges
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: 500 series racks - how much power do I need?
Replies: 11
Views: 960

Re: 500 series racks - how much power do I need?

The Buzz Elixirs (which I love) are a good test for this. They draw A LOT of current. I'm surprised at how many manufacturers say this won't be an issue and then either one of the units won't work or there will be a hum or something. That said, the Purple Sweet Ten is super-solid, dead quiet, built ...
by cgarges
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Printing An Effect To Its Own Tape Track
Replies: 9
Views: 778

Re: Printing An Effect To Its Own Tape Track

I do this a lot, especially with vocals. The only time it's an issue is when I wind up doing something weird to the original track in the mix where the printed reverb then sounds REALLY different from the source. Otherwise, it works like a charm. But IF you had the separate source tracks, you could ...
by cgarges
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: New Orleans style horn section
Replies: 21
Views: 1473

Re: New Orleans style horn section

For New Orleans, it's usually gonna be tuba, trumpet, trombone, then sax or clarinet. For soul, it's gonna be saxes and trumpets, MAYBE trombone. You can make whatever else work, but that's the basic "traditional" thing. I know a pretty great tuba and trombone player, so I would hire her, a trumpet ...
by cgarges
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Rugs: 1 big one VS. a few smaller ones
Replies: 14
Views: 1108

Re: Rugs: 1 big one VS. a few smaller ones

I bought a few rugs for my live room (31x23) two years ago. I got two fairly big ones (8x11 maybe) and three slightly smaller ones (4x6 or so). I wish I'd just gone with all smaller ones as it would have allowed me more flexibility and frankly, more options. Not so much sonically, but just placement...