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by IanWalker
Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: an interesting TED talk...
Replies: 7
Views: 2017

Probably my favorite music related TED talk:
https://www.ted.com/talks/bobby_mcferri ... music.html
by IanWalker
Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:57 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: flying with mics
Replies: 13
Views: 2935

Yeah, I've flown with mics and even cables, and its a non-issue, just be prepared to show them at security. I make sure to tell the TSA person working, and pull them out like I do my laptop. If you're polite and open with them, there is usually no major hassle. One of them explained to me that it wa...
by IanWalker
Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Question about vinyl side length vs quality
Replies: 14
Views: 3747

So, since the record turns at a constant rate, you get higher quality at the outside edge of the record. The vinyl at the outside edge moves past the needle at a higher rate, providing more information per second than it does near the center. So basically, sure, you might be able to fit more than 22...
by IanWalker
Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: DIY telephone mic
Replies: 10
Views: 4131

Old house/studio mate of mine had one a friend had made him. It was as simple as could be - just wired directly to an XLR. One caveat is that it needs a voltage on the line - ie phantom power. The voltage on a phone like is something more akin to 10V than 48V, so w phantom on, it sounds really blown...
by IanWalker
Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:25 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: SM57 impedance mod
Replies: 42
Views: 14285

RE: modded 57 on vocals

I'll vouch for the modded 57 on vocals. Need the right pre, and a fair bit of gain. I found that too much gain can cause some noise, but that might have been more a function of the pre (an ART Digital MPA) than the mic. Its kind of somewhere between a 57/58 and an SM7 in sound. Works great for the r...
by IanWalker
Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Are MXL 990 and 991 really crap?
Replies: 31
Views: 20372

or you could just back off the mic a bit. bright mics work well from distance i find, as long as the room sounds nice. screen mods, as i understand it, tend to deal with really HF stuff, prevent smearing there. as only the HF material bounces around those cages. i really didnt hear that much of a d...
by IanWalker
Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:01 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mic splitter Y cord
Replies: 11
Views: 3409

Scodiddly wrote:It will work 91.34% of the time with phantom involved.
Its good to know the exact percentage of the time that it will. Science!
by IanWalker
Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Are MXL 990 and 991 really crap?
Replies: 31
Views: 20372

right out of the gate, 1a sounded crazy peaky to me. like OUCH. 1b sounded smoother. but then when i listened back and forth, the difference seemed less dramatic. i think i was just SHOCKED at first listen. basically, for solo acoustic i would probably never use a mic like this. but i could see thi...
by IanWalker
Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:57 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mic splitter Y cord
Replies: 11
Views: 3409

A simple XLR Y-cable will work 99.99% of the time. Go for it. Yup, unless you need to run phantom from one of the split ends. You can get some crap then, and might get some phantom running back down the other side of the y. Or at least that's the idea. There's a reason they make splitter boxes with...
by IanWalker
Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:50 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Are MXL 990 and 991 really crap?
Replies: 31
Views: 20372

So like a few people have mentioned doing, I ripped out the two inner layers of screens on one of my 990s. I figured I would see how it compared to the unmodded mic, and while I was at it, I figured I'd share what I found. They were placed on a stereo bar as close to coincident as I could get them, ...
by IanWalker
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Are MXL 990 and 991 really crap?
Replies: 31
Views: 20372

kickoldman wrote:I also did zapnspark from micbuilders "direct coupling" mod, which was dead simple and eliminated a few components.
Care to share a link?
by IanWalker
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Are MXL 990 and 991 really crap?
Replies: 31
Views: 20372

I think they make great, inexpensive drum overheads. That's where I've used my 990s the most, although not in a while. I've used them on acoustic guitar and vocals with some decent results, too. Monkey around with placement, and a pop screen for vox, and you can get some perfectly serviceable resul...
by IanWalker
Wed Feb 23, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Fake string section - mono or M/S?
Replies: 5
Views: 1510

Maybe do them in M/S but real close? This strikes me as a good idea, but not TOO close. Too close and you loose some of the authenticity of the strings, which is precisely the reason you're tracking some real strings to augment the synth ones. You need some ambience to capture the tone of stringed ...
by IanWalker
Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: akg/fender mic's with built in reverb
Replies: 5
Views: 1899

Don't know about those mics, but I love the Green Bullet. Use it micing a guitar amp, for a cool mid-range snarly guitar solo. I've also used it for lead vocals. Definitely a particular sound, but works for the right tune. All the vocals for this were done with one of those: http://michigansoundserv...
by IanWalker
Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:39 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Which of these mics should I use to record grand piano?
Replies: 13
Views: 2492

Stereo pair (ORTF, XY, MS, whatever), and play with the position until it sounds good. Hopefully they have a decent-sounding room. Just whatever you do, don't mic under the lid, near the hammers. It generally sounds like an electric piano if you do that. Actually, doing that (sometimes you have to i...