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by swelle
Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:43 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Is any of this old gear worth keeping?
Replies: 17
Views: 3990

The 300 watt Alesis Sumo is a good alternative to a PA - it's a keyboard amp as well.
by swelle
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Favorite compressor stompbox? (non-boutique)
Replies: 29
Views: 5202

Wouldn't you consider the Keely a boutique pedal? I use the Guyatone ST-2 and I think it's excellent... it also has a switch so you can blend it 50% non-compressed signal if you choose. I use it all the time, and it works great for recording. http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Effects/produc...
by swelle
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:24 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: glyn/ethan johns setup pics
Replies: 34
Views: 8612

A good beard should be both "warm" and "transparent."
by swelle
Fri Feb 08, 2008 1:17 pm
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: What's your favorite "poorly"-recorded LP or track
Replies: 125
Views: 32259

I think most remixed/remastered records are sort of marketing BS, but the one I'd love to see cleaned up is the debut Moby Grape album. The songs are consistently SO GOOD but the record just sounds like ass, especially the drums. I wonder how it actually sounded in the control room. Speaking of them...
by swelle
Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: BONE RECORDS
Replies: 13
Views: 2218

It's clear that the x-rays were just a cheap, available pressing medium - but how were they pressed? Did they make some kind of cheap plates, using the original smuggled vinyl as the mother?
by swelle
Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:22 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: BONE RECORDS
Replies: 13
Views: 2218

BONE RECORDS

Okay, I came across this in a blog: "American Rock and Roll becomes an underground sensation in all Eastern Europe, including USSR and Riga was a Mecca for trading illegal LP's, reel-to-reel tapes and Bone Records (recordings made on x-ray film)..." And I of course said "WTF?" Then I found this: htt...
by swelle
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:40 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: would you pay 4 dollars for 1 knob to go on your mic pre?
Replies: 39
Views: 6810

it's really a very pretty knob, as far as knobs go. :wink:
by swelle
Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: Tape Op Message Board (TOMB)
Topic: Are we a cult of amateurs?
Replies: 80
Views: 38734

The bit I find most interesting is the 'good' aspect of labels that are going away. Bands don't get to just be bands anymore. You don't see bands have a chance to grow and mature like when a label is paying. I agree with this... I have a friend that revels in the trouble the labels are having, and ...
by swelle
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Tape Op Message Board (TOMB)
Topic: Are we a cult of amateurs?
Replies: 80
Views: 38734

My earlier comment about the live performance vs. records was not to dismiss recording at all... Obviously I can't have Sinatra crooning in my ears as I walk to work, but I can have his records. It was just a personal revelation for me: with this current massive glut of recorded music fighting for t...
by swelle
Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: Tape Op Message Board (TOMB)
Topic: Are we a cult of amateurs?
Replies: 80
Views: 38734

I had been worrying about where music was gonna go for quite awhile - about the glut of music on the market. I work part-time at a label and you should see the boxes of unopened demos, most will probably never be heard. Then I saw the Stax/Volt Live in Norway dvd, or that video of The Band, and I th...
by swelle
Wed Feb 06, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: What's your favorite "poorly"-recorded LP or track
Replies: 125
Views: 32259

I only have a couple compilations, but I have yet to hear a Lee Perry production that doesn't rule... I prefer his recording of "Small Axe" to the version on Burning.
by swelle
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: What's your favorite "poorly"-recorded LP or track
Replies: 125
Views: 32259

It's funny that those early Spot produced Husker Du records are singled out for their shittiness, because they sound like butter compared to the early Sony digital of the last two albums... Candy Apple Grey and Warehouse are almost unlistenable today, but I thought they sounded awesome back then! Di...
by swelle
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: What's your favorite "poorly"-recorded LP or track
Replies: 125
Views: 32259

MC5's Back in the USA, and the Stooges' Raw Power come to mind. Bad Brains' Black Dots.

I thought Bug sounded pretty good!
by swelle
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:51 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: The Strokes Sound
Replies: 35
Views: 7039

Justin, You do make good points, and I do know the Tool album was huge among musicians... I just see the strokes record as one of those sea change records - when one era ends and the next begins. Nirvana is obviously the most prime example of this, the Smiths or Oasis in their time as well... and ce...
by swelle
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:14 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: The Strokes Sound
Replies: 35
Views: 7039

Okay, though I speak from the throne of tooldom, I reiterate my point: it was the most important American debut album since Appetite. Norah Jones debut outsold it 10/1, but I didn't see anybody dressing up like Norah. The impact is lasting if you look at today's "if everybody's a hipster, than nobod...