my new solo record: folk/pop on cassette 8-track

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my new solo record: folk/pop on cassette 8-track

Post by austin » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:47 pm

I recently made a record by myself at home, as an excuse to experiment with my Tascam 488 cassette 8-track. It's called The Things You Carry. Wasn't really intending on releasing it, but I loved how it turned out, so I put it up as a free download on my site: AustinStahl.net (you can download the whole thing, or stream a few tracks to sample first)

I had a lot of fun making it -- it was made entirely on the 488, so there was a lot of planning ahead, committing to sounds, "performing" the mixes because they were un-recallable, etc... All of which I loved!

Most things were compressed a bit on the way in (Pro VLA) because compression options at mixdown were severely limited. All reverbs were from the Alesis Wedge, with the occasional stompbox delay. Mics were most often 421 or 4050, with a few others here and there.

I'd love to hear some feedback!

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Post by FBH » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:49 am

Listening to the streaming mp3s on your website, and I think this sounds pretty awesome. :)

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Sounds Good

Post by fishbait » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:50 am

Wow just listened quickly to 3 songs. Sounds great. All done on 8 track? Downloading zip files now.
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Re: Sounds Good

Post by austin » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:40 am

fishbait wrote:Wow just listened quickly to 3 songs. Sounds great. All done on 8 track? Downloading zip files now.
Thanks, guys! Yes, totally on the 8-track. (The computer was used only as a stereo "mixdown deck" -- and there were a couple spots where I ended up splicing parts of two different mixes together, in Pro Tools.)

FBH, I hope you took the plunge and downloaded the whole thing. :wink:

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Re: Sounds Good

Post by FBH » Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:10 am

austin wrote:FBH, I hope you took the plunge and downloaded the whole thing. :wink:
I wanted to wait until I was home before I did that, but I intend to. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by jnTracks » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:51 pm

streamed a song and a half...

downloading now.

it'll be straight to the iPhone. i think... i love it.
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Post by Thenabi » Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:59 pm

dling as well. Makes me so sad that I just sold my 8 track cassete multitrack.

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Post by thompsongs » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:02 pm

had me after 2 minutes. i really like it! d-ling .zip now. thank you

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Post by wookie » Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:37 pm

I like your voice and tunes, I get some Elliot Smith vibes. Please take that as a compliment!

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Post by mscottweber » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:10 pm

I like your voice and tunes, I get some Elliot Smith vibes. Please take that as a compliment!
My sentiments exactly. Sounds great!

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Post by austin » Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:23 pm

msweber wrote:
I like your voice and tunes, I get some Elliot Smith vibes. Please take that as a compliment!
My sentiments exactly. Sounds great!
Thanks! Compliment indeed.

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Post by douglas baldwin » Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:48 am

BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL.
I wish you whatever it takes to keep making music like this.
Great songwriting, excellent selection of instruments and sounds, excellent mixing.
You're making me love tape hiss again, Austin!

geek-tech question: What kind of mics didja use?
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Post by austin » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:16 am

douglas baldwin wrote:geek-tech question: What kind of mics didja use?
It differed from song to song, but the MD-421 saw a whole lot of use, and an AT4050 is on a lot of stuff. Some of the lead vocals were probably a Groove Tubes mic that I was borrowing for a while. And a couple of cheapo ribbons made appearances here and there.

Thanks for the kind words!

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Post by Trick Fall » Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:34 pm

Nicely done.....

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Post by rpmsongs » Sun Sep 13, 2009 7:21 pm

I'm about 30 seconds into the first song on your page. I'm sold. great songs. I now miss my tascam 488, smashed it in a fit of jealous rage when i was 24. that was really smart huh? I thought so
MC hammer just borrowed 5 bucks from me, I don't think i'll ever see that money again.

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