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by ashcat_lt
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Pedal Boards
Replies: 62
Views: 15133

Musta been like 6-7 years ago now I took a random piece of thinnish plywood and added some velcro crap to it. I've swapped out pedals here and there, and yes usually the velcro sticks to itself harder than to the pedals, but it works, so... The whole thing fits pretty nicely in the body section of t...
by ashcat_lt
Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Preamp into preamp into power amp help!
Replies: 2
Views: 678

It'll definitely work to plug them one into another without the mixer...unless it doesn't. ;) Either way, as long as nothing is severely wrong with the preamp, it's not going to hurt anything (or anybody), and the only way to know for sure whether it will do what you want is to plug it in and find o...
by ashcat_lt
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Nashville/High Strung Electric Guitar
Replies: 26
Views: 8249

I keep my thinline tele clone tuned nashville. I often use it for it's own thing. The overlap in the voicings (in many chord shapes, the third and fourth string play the same notes as 1 and 2) is pretty fun, and it leaves a lot of room in the lower register for other things. I have a couple of times...
by ashcat_lt
Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Padding an XLR cable
Replies: 8
Views: 3235

I suppose if cutting the signal to unbalanced would help, I can use a pair of XLR to RCA jacks and feed a pair of the unbalanced inputs instead with the output of the mixer, and then feed the XLR inputs with the outputs from my recording mixer. That just means using a few more adaptors again. :mrgr...
by ashcat_lt
Sun Jun 14, 2015 2:19 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Padding an XLR cable
Replies: 8
Views: 3235

Close enough is close enough! 2 x 1K in series = ... TBH, you could probably lose 6db just by running an unbalanced line. Heresy, I know. If it ends up noisier, you could try pseudo-balanced. It might be quieter, and you'll still lose that half of the signal. But this kind of begs the question: Are ...
by ashcat_lt
Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Padding an XLR cable
Replies: 8
Views: 3235

That'll probably work fine, except that it's going to give you more like 10db. You said you wanted 6, which would indicate something like 1K for the R1s and 2K for R2. But... ...There are other impedances in play that are not really depicted on that diagram. Both the source and load will have an eff...
by ashcat_lt
Fri Jun 12, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Padding an XLR cable
Replies: 8
Views: 3235

Re: Padding an XLR cable

The output of my mixer runs a little hot for my interface, and I want to build a pad to drop around 6dB. Do I have to pad both pins as it's a balanced line? Yep, else you'll compromise your CMRR (noise rejection). You only need 3 resistors, though. One in series with each of "hot" and "cold" (match...
by ashcat_lt
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Guitar FX pedals in guitar recording
Replies: 25
Views: 9936

Post-amp effects always sound like the 80s to me, and not in a good way. The filter action of the guitar amp's speaker has a lot to do with keeping those effects sitting in the same space as the guitar itself, so that it sounds more like a part of the source rather than something tacked on afterward...
by ashcat_lt
Thu May 28, 2015 1:29 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Best Practices for Compensating D-A-D Latency
Replies: 13
Views: 3302

Newer versions of PT are supposed to include latency compensation for hardware loops like this. You'd have to RTFM to figure out how to set it up. Some other DAWs do this, too. Reaper has a plugin called ReaInsert which also will do it. Basically, the program sends a "ping" out the DA, measures how ...
by ashcat_lt
Thu May 21, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: question about Kay guitar pickup wiring (jimmy reed p/u)
Replies: 12
Views: 2056

Yep, that's a tone cap. Looks like Brown, Black, Yellow, Black, Red (???), which would be like 0.1uF, 1% tolerance (!!!) and 300V. Yes, I looked that up. 0.1uF is a pretty big cap by today's standards, but was pretty common back in the day. That cap itself shouldn't make much difference to the tone ...
by ashcat_lt
Wed May 20, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: question about Kay guitar pickup wiring (jimmy reed p/u)
Replies: 12
Views: 2056

1) At least on this monitor, the picture is extremely dark and so it's tough to see details. B) It very well could be a rather old axial lead capacitor. Easy way to tell would be disconnect one end of it from the circuit and try to measure resistance through it. I'd bet it will come up open, or else...
by ashcat_lt
Sun May 10, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Soundcraft Ghost interfacing with recorders
Replies: 10
Views: 2819

Really, twas ever thus. -2 dBu is 6 dBu less than +4 dBu. 6 dB means half the voltage. If a balanced output drives +4 dBu, then one leg of that signal will be -2 dBu. Since most midgrade consoles (Soundcraft, Soundtracs, the lesser Ameks, etc, etc) have unbalanced inserts and direct outs, they'll b...
by ashcat_lt
Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Guitar-amp simulation, '15
Replies: 56
Views: 23314

As I've been thinking about this more, I realize what I need: basically a 1 channel instrument preamp, with a 1/4" hi-z input on the front. Something like this: http://blacklionaudio.com/?p=2295. It would run into a Metric Halo 2882. Right now I use a passive DI. I have to crank the pre on the 2882...
by ashcat_lt
Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Your mixing "philosophy"
Replies: 26
Views: 7752

Turn the knobs til it sounds like it should.

I was going to say "...til it sounds good" but that's so rarely what I'm shooting for. ;)
by ashcat_lt
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: What Are You Working On This Week March 9-13
Replies: 13
Views: 3116

Finished and released the album that almost killed me: Lorenzo's Tractor - All You Hear, spammed it on local college radio, and didn't really touch anything else audio-related because I need a damn break.