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"Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board (FAQ)

Post by evan » Thu Aug 28, 2003 6:41 pm

<b><u>BEST OF THE TAPEOP MESSAGE BOARD</u></b> (last revised 4/21/04)

Be sure to message me if you have anything I missed, dead/erroneous links, or organizational suggestions! -- Evan

<b><i>BASICS...</i></b> (a good place to start for beginners!)
getting started (#2, #3)
balanced and unbalanced
mic, line & instrument level
aux's and inserts
budget all-purpose mic ($100, $200, $300)
cheap four-tracks (improving four-track setup)
recording your own band
volume
mastering? (#2)
EQ to fix a room?
caring for condensers
caring for ribbons
mic storage
cheap preamp (#2, other than RNC/DBX)
compression basics (#2, EQ & compression charts)
what's _(technical term here)_?
what's reamping? (#2)
what's phase?
what's a producer?
what's 'clean power'?
what's foldback?
phantom power -- will it hurt my mics? (#2, #3, #4)
tape echo?
gear ages like wine?
stereo system or cheap monitors?
places to upload MP3's?
reel-to-reel basics
wrapping cables




<b><i>RECORDING...</i></b>
vocals (singing up, lisp?, nasally/trebely?, really low?, weak?)
acoustic guitar (#2, #3)
drums (2 mics [#2, #3], 3 mics, hi-hat, kick drum [#2], toms, overheads)
electric bass (DI)
upright bass
electric guitar (mics, how far?)
piano (#2)
Wurlitzer piano
Leslie speaker
backup vocals
bagpipes
jewsharp
ukulele
singing saw (#2)
accordion
lute (oud)
djembe
harp
Mellotron
tamboura
tambourine
violin/cello (#2)
glockenspiel
foot stomps
hand claps (better handclaps?)


<b><i>MICROPHONES...</i></b> (lot o' reviews...)
$1000+ vocal
female vocals
battery-powered condensers
small-diaphragm condensers
$500 stereo pair
drum overheads (omni or cardioid?)
kick drum mics (#2)
best multi-pattern
best dynamic
tube mics
rare and unique (#2)
DIY mics


<b><i>GEAR...</i></b>
best cheap low-watt recording amp (Vox Pathfinder?)
favorite electric guitars
favorite electric basses
favorite reverbs
digital delay
looping pedals
mix/monitoring headphones (#2)
studio chair
guitar and bass amp
preamps with buttloads of gain
mini-mics
SM57 counterpart?


<b><i>METHOLOGIES...</i></b>
YOUR mics, YOUR uses
60's sound (#2)
60's bass
P.I.L.'s "Public Image" bass
Odessey and Oracle bass
faking bass
"old" sound
1920's blues sound
Nick Drake-ish sound
ELO drums
Joy Division drums
metal drums/drum triggers
50's/60's jazz piano sound
'London Calling' notes
rock-a-billy
getting different electric guitar sounds
strangest techniques (#2)
"fattening" sounds
"warming" digital
digital to tape (#2)
oversaturating tape (electronics/tape)
recording live (#2)
getting rid of unwanted bleed after tracking
bass distortion
compressing bass
compressing drums
distorting drums
preventing distorted drums
loud hi-hats
hi-hat bashers
snare with a 'snap'
crash without 'wash'
kick drum mic'ing
mono drums (#2)
one-mic drums
livening up drum machines
big drums
heavy mics on stands
sound dampening
distorting vocals
boy-band vocals
"choral" vocals
vocals at home
digital levels
preparing a mix for mastering
rough home mastering
mix depth
'cleaner', 'clearer' mixes
improving ProTools mix
subtractive EQ (#2)
soundproofing (#2, #3, cheap, temporary/mobile)
computer soundproofing
multiple mics to a single pre?
placing something outside stereo field

<b><i>BUSINESS...</i></b>
getting into it
recording schools
writing music for commercials
engineering lucrative?
posse in the studio?
getting paid
cover songs
movie sound
who owns the masters?
voiceover work
taxes deductions
commissioned music: how much am I worth?

<b><i>TECHNICAL...</i></b>
impedance and reamping
FET
16 vs. 24 bit
1/2" vs. 1" tape
demagnetizing
cold soldering
humidity
electret and small diaphragm
overcompression
normalizing
multing and signal strength
mic'ing the President


<b><i>THOUGHTS...</i></b>
"the process"
"you are part of the chain"
multiple mixes of same song?
gear minimalism
more drum mics, the better?
why mic the hi-hats?
where to put the drums in the room?
recording cymbals separately?
condenser or dynamic on bass?
why a pair of omni's?
compression (learning, addiction?)
double tracks
tape or not tape?
busses
rules
tuning your own piano?
recording your own band
recording solo
mono recording
mastering
leaving gear on
gear and airports (#2, #3)
those darned Oktava 012's
SM57's as overheads?
the weakest link: mic. vs. pre?
soldering
minidisc
MP3
ProTools
"good" recordings
fix in mix, or get it right to tape?
smoking around gear (pot)
mixing on drugs?
mix with a subwoofer?
real studio vs. DAW
Mac or PC?
equalization
gear snobbery (#2)
gear or you?
schematics and manuals
future of recording
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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by trashy » Thu Aug 28, 2003 7:10 pm

nice, thanks!

A sticky, maybe?

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by BobG » Thu Aug 28, 2003 7:29 pm

Yes, Thanks!!!

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by dubphaser » Thu Aug 28, 2003 7:32 pm

Cool Evan. This needs to be sticky for sure!!!

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by endofanera » Thu Aug 28, 2003 7:39 pm

Damn, Evan, nice work.

Definitely deserves to be a sticky.
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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by theslumlord » Thu Aug 28, 2003 8:09 pm

that's actually pretty helpful.

But, man, how much time did that take? :?: :roll:

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by evan » Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:16 pm

Took me probably a few hours...I kind of lost track of time after a while. Glad it's useful, otherwise I'd be devestated :shock:

It should be updated as time goes by, or if anyone else finds anything of notable worth...

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by cgarges » Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:14 pm

Damn, you've got a lot of time on your hands! Thanks for the great work! Hillary, take note!

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by E-cue » Fri Aug 29, 2003 3:10 am

How did we lose the Supahgreg posts?

Ah the great upgrade of 03'.

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by evan » Fri Aug 29, 2003 3:41 am

It'd be a good idea to scour the archives too...I probably should add some of those.

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by EasyGo » Fri Aug 29, 2003 6:03 am

Nice job Evan!

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Post by wenzel.hellgren » Fri Aug 29, 2003 8:20 am

This should be made a sticky, and continually added to.

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Post by rajbot2 » Fri Aug 29, 2003 12:48 pm

this is a great reissue'd threat. BUMP!
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Post by dwelle » Fri Aug 29, 2003 1:01 pm

good work, evan.

definitely sticky time....

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Re: "Best Of" the TapeOp Message Board...

Post by evan » Fri Aug 29, 2003 9:56 pm

Added posts from the archives. For some reason the 2.0 archives aren't available...

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