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by Aquaman
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Cascade Fathead on kick? Precautions?
Replies: 20
Views: 4349

Try angling the fathead down a bit when it's in front of the kick, so the air blast "sweeps" across the ribbon instead of blowing directly on it full-face. And definitely use a pop filter. Some higher-end ribbons (royer) come with a corrugated ribbon that is much more durable, but the fatheads do no...
by Aquaman
Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: How do I find out bit depth and sample rate?
Replies: 15
Views: 2291

Quicktime's info window (command - I) will tell you the bit and sample rate, I believe.
by Aquaman
Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:34 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mix in protools sounds different than bounced stereo track.
Replies: 18
Views: 3146

a) It's best to put a dither on the master bus (or wherever your output bus is) as the last insert, then bounce to 16 bit. Exporting a 24 bit file to 16 bit will only truncate the last couple of bits, and will not apply any dither. If you don't hear it, it's fine. You would only notice if you had lo...
by Aquaman
Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Compression anyone?
Replies: 15
Views: 3298

Take the compressor off the main bus and turn everything down a bit.
by Aquaman
Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:34 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Are Loops for Candy Asses?
Replies: 77
Views: 15001

I perform all of my loops in real-time, by attempting to play the same thing as I did in the last 4 bars. It mostly works out great.
by Aquaman
Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: What DI box would you recommend?
Replies: 27
Views: 12048

The Radial stuff is all fantastic. They have a great site which will give you some more ideas about what DI's can do and help you decide whether one of their more specialty boxes would be right for you. I got a lot out of it when I was diving into the subject. Countryman is also great, so is anythin...
by Aquaman
Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:45 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Quality bulk microphone cable??
Replies: 16
Views: 4124

FWIW, I prefer the Belden 1192a matte finish to the Canare slight gloss feel. I usually get a couple hundred feet of star quad from one or the other spool. Great stuff!
by Aquaman
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:35 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Vocals using 3 mics at once
Replies: 23
Views: 3835

I'll often pair a nice condenser with a favorite dynamic for vocals. Lately it's been an AudioTechnica 4050 with an AKG D320B dynamic coming in at 45 degrees from above. The mix is something like 100% condenser and 75% dynamic, and they're both sent through a linked bus compressor together. The cond...
by Aquaman
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:22 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: ProTools Tempo Mapping, Etc...
Replies: 19
Views: 3333

re: fixing a couple of bars where the band slowed down, and they're playing without a click Easy! First, find a downbeat before the "bad section", and another downbeat after the bad section. Put markers at those spots (in sample mode). Turn on elastic time for that track, or those grouped tracks, or...
by Aquaman
Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Listen to Music
Topic: My morning jacket
Replies: 9
Views: 1649

with an excruciatingly awful band name.
by Aquaman
Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: directionality in cable?
Replies: 64
Views: 9305

The fella who built Dave Gilmour's floating studio on the Astoria swears up down and sideways that the directionality of the cable makes a tangible difference. I can't remember the guy's name, but at a tech conference I attended he told us about spending weeks vetting different cables (in BOTH direc...
by Aquaman
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: The catalog of tracking and mixing tips...
Replies: 64
Views: 11204

If your mix is either too mushy with reverb or too dry without it and you can't find a good middle ground, try sending a couple of tracks to a short, low-passed delay instead.

This can give you a great sense of space without so much reverb "clutter".
by Aquaman
Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Where do you keep your mic stands?
Replies: 10
Views: 3099

I've thought about this solution, but haven't built it yet. The idea is to make a kind of "wine glass hanger" for the mic stands. On the ceiling, you'd build a kind of long flat box, with a slot down the middle so you could slide the mic stands one by one upside down into the hangar. Then you would ...
by Aquaman
Fri Nov 14, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: fire retardent bass traps
Replies: 5
Views: 1547

IANAfiremarshal, but AFAIK fiberglass doesn't burn. Cover it with flame-retardant-treated fabric and you should be golden, acoustically AND legally.
by Aquaman
Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:56 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Elastic Time anyone?
Replies: 7
Views: 1170

It's good. I've used it very sparingly for individual note nudges, and experimented with quantizing, too. Think of it as a series of pins (at the zero-crossings, i.e. starts of notes), connected by rubber bands that the audio lives on. You can place the pins yourself or have them auto-placed, and yo...