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by cgarges
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: repair 414 headbasket
Replies: 3
Views: 170

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: 745

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: 341

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: 13
Views: 502

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: 22
Views: 1009

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: 1318

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: 1318

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: 731

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: 11
Views: 978

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: 1649

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: 385

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: 5
Views: 795

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: 5
Views: 795

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: 2014

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: 1090

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 ...