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Old 26th January 2009 | Show parent
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Talent

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OC 703
Ethan Winers site at realtraps
SPL Meter
Everything Massey
and of course,

those ever so popular EQ filters!
Old 26th January 2009 | Show parent
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a plastic coke bottle half filled with long grain rice makes the nicest shaker i ever heard. you can control the pitch by how much rice you put in it.
short grain rice sounds like crap.heh
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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Small guitar amps... you know, the tiny 5-15 watt suckers -- some have tubes, and some don't. Can get some wild textures and great thickness by splitting a guitar signal into a few of them at once. I especially like my Vox Brain May Special. I layer it in with a full sized Marshall for that something extra.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by cavern ➑️
a plastic coke bottle half filled with long grain rice makes the nicest shaker i ever heard. you can control the pitch by how much rice you put in it.
short grain rice sounds like crap.heh
Or even white versus wholegrain! I'm a wholegrain man myself

Smoother sounding and you burn more calories shaking it.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by bcgood ➑️
1. Train your mind/ears.

2. Mic position is king.


Just Do It
Well said and I totally agree.

lD
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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Talent

heh

Beat to the punch.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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I've been loving the lofi sound of the SSL Listen Mic Compressor (freebe) today
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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some triks of mine.//suggestions//no or low cost..
1. mic pre's in old free cassette deks are underrated imho n FREE .
people throw away cassette deks all the time.
heres an audio example in this thread...of a cass dek mic pre'..."mumrap mp3"
for fun.
Best mic/preamp combo
2. if u cant afford more mics...try a wma capsule from digikey.com or
use a speaker as a mic on a guitar amp for example.
(but not for vocs.) speaker as mic can also work on kik drum..
n for triggering.
3. flat piezo discs as drum triggers to trigger samples.
can save lots of buks over commercial products.
google for lots of schematics.
4. you can make a diy mic pre for 20 buks.
or use an art tube mp.
(see the song summer on my motagator site in my sig...
used a tube mp plus cass dek mic pre for my lead vocs for fun.)
5. makeing drum beats. search for the free hotstepper on google.
it lets you load in samples.
(loads of free samples in the december issue of computer music magazine...OODLES OF DRUMS N ATMOSPHERES ETC N SYNTHS plus erratic drum sampler plus lots of synth plug ins.
i got the mag as a stocking stuffer. new samples every month. )
6. reaper for recording>>reaper.fm superb.
pricey but like haveing a band of session players always on ones pc to
create songs with, realband pgmusic.com
7. cheap monitoring tip.
curtis clok radio..20 buks. great for seeing how your songs might sound if your song
was ever played over the airwaves. an old studio trik.
cheap monitors. find a pair of minimus 7's. in lotsa studios.
trouble is finding a pr cos people tend to hold on to em as a cheap reference monitor or mono checks.
8. cheap reverb..mic a speaker in a bathroom or reverby space like a stair well.
try recording drums in a loading dock or stairwell too.
9. get a raytheon ic databook...nice cheap mic pre circuit useing a jensen transformer and op 27//37 op amps.
10. if useing a cheap mic pre. double the vocals.
offset one double from other slightly to fatten things up.
11. toneport gx..great inexpensive 50 buk low latency sound device with
loads of guitar n bass sounds built in. plus some mic pre emulations.
or try a more expensive ux1.
12. no cost headphone monitor.
sound card out into cassette dek line in. plug in phones to cass dek.
or use a old used tascam or fostex line mixer.
cass dek phone outputs are often more powerfull
than some wimpy phone outs on some gear.

just a few ideas. too many to list..lol.
ps..PC TIP.USE 32 mb cache hard drives 7200 rpm to record to.
daws like fat caches.
search thru my back posts for lots of puter related stuff/ideas.
god bless.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 10 years
Micing up a spare strung acoustic guitar placed next to an artist who is playing and singing another one. Its a cool tone.

Melos Analogue Echos.

I have two of these things and love them. Thick and not hifi. Great for a vocal echo as they sit nicely behind a lead vocal as they have very little top end.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 10 years
Almost forgot, best lowender trick:

Always tell everyone you were going lofi on purpose!
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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Quote:
Here's the scenario: Joe Blow, proud owner of a Squier Strat, an SM57, and a Peavy amp, buys an MBox so that he, too, can "produce professional-sounding recordings on his computer," just as it says on the box. He makes recordings. They do not sound professional. He goes to the makeprofessionalrecordingsonyourcomputer.com forum and asks why. Responses include:

-Mbox sucks and you can't make good recordings on an Mbox
-I make recordings on Mbox and they sound pretty good
-You need a tube amp to record guitar
-You need a POD to record guitar
-You need an API preamp to record guitar
-You need two mikes to record guitar
-You need to get waves plugins to make good recordings
-Waves suck, you need UAD plugins to make good recordings
-I like Peavy amps
-I used a firepod and it sounds good
-What kind of speaker cables are you using?
-I use an all-analog boutique amp emulator pedal and it sounds just like Slash
-Strats suck, you need a vintage Gretsch guitar
-Pros use mastering to get good sound
-I also have an MBox but it doesn't play MIDI, please help
-Copy protection is evil.
I can't stop laughing every time I read that, pure genius
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 10 years
Cavern,

I'll have to try your suggestion for shakers. Up to this point, I've been using either the little plastic jars of cookie decoration sprinkles, or the "Twang" brand beer salt that comes in the small plastic shaped beer bottle. Those have both worked great for me, and you can use them after your session is done!
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 10 years
I have used a plastic easter egg with rice
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 10 years
1. Old Telephone receiver with a guitar cord connected to the transducer for low fi green bullet sound or sounding like you’re on the telephone. Try plugin it into an amp with distortion, it’s so crappy it’s fantastic, you gotta love it. And the look you get when someone wants the telephone effect and you hand them a telephone, its priceless.

2. +1 for old woofer for subkick. I really don't get the whole Yamaha thing, but what do I know.

3. Screaming into a guitar pickup for cool vocal effect.

4. Side chain an oscillator to give a drum some thump.
5. Popcorn in a plastic container from the cabinet for shaker.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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I shall never share my tricks....never !! I leave them for my dog, he is low end you know.
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Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 10 years
prescription pill bottles make the best shakers. just lick out the dust and pour in some rice.

some nails in a brown bag works too.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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ok here's one of mine.... I have an old nakamichi cassette deck that the mechanisms are constantly breaking but I LOVE what it does to a recording... it seems to warm it up soooooo I patch it in and run signal through it using it as a pseudo compressor works welll



Bill
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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Craigslist...
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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"Art is lasting, but life is short" (Ars longa, vita brevis).

I love that. It's so simple, so deep, and so true. Through music, we can live forever.

Off topic, but I had to say...
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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🎧 15 years
Don't know if this is really a "trick"....
But checking and tweaking any final mix until it sounds great on computer speakers, car stereo speakers, in addition to your studio monitors is the key to a great final result.
Old 27th January 2009 | Show parent
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1. $5 radio shack passive speakers as a "B" just to check what mixes sound like on crappy computer speakers.

2. buy cheap headphones -- I laugh everytime an artist throws the headphones onto the ground or drops them instead of crying.

3. SM-57s ! Best $100 you can spend, especially if you have a nice mic pre.

4. Refurb computers from Apple!!! Same warrantee, possibly an older computer model if you want it. Buy direct from Apple. I have saved thousands.

that's all i can think of for now.
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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best low budget trick

step one- close eyes
step two- listen
step three- ask myself if I like what I'm hearing

if yes, then don't change anything. if no then keep working.
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by n8tron ➑️
best low budget trick

step one- close eyes
step two- listen
step three- ask myself if I like what I'm hearing

if yes, then don't change anything. if no then keep working.
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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Radio Shack SPL meter. $40. Check SPL every 1/2 hour during mixing.

Inflated egos'/Difficult client. Valium $10. for a 30 day supply.
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bcgood ➑️
3. Home made isolation booths.

Hang some heavy blankets from your ceiling with those screw in hooks that you can get at Home Depot, (Or wherever). Create a box, (As large as possible) that you can record in. Again, don't forget about mic position inside your little blanket recording fort.
Don't pretend this is a recording technique... Still trying play down that bow and arrow we found at your house, huh?

heh

R.
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by moon_unit ➑️
1) Working with the source; making sure heads, strings, tubes, etc. are fresh and sounding good. Making sure everyone checks their tuning early and often.

2) Using the right tool for the job; the right instrument, amp or other equip that will deliver the desired tone, and the right type of microphone to compliment that tone.

3) Understanding acoustics and being resourceful in regards to them; Buying materials in bulk to save money, and looking for less expensive and unique materials when practical (Rockwool, 703, heavy bed and futon mattresses, drum risers made from old car tires and plywood, book shelf diffusers, etc. etc. etc. )

4a and 4b) Understanding gain staging, and knowing how/where to point a microphone in order to get the desired tone.

5) Not worrying about how much I've spent (or not spent) on gear and worrying instead on whether or not it's doing what I need it to do.

6) Craigslist.
+100

Excellent advice... especially #5
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cavern ➑️
a plastic coke bottle half filled with long grain rice makes the nicest shaker i ever heard. you can control the pitch by how much rice you put in it.
short grain rice sounds like crap.heh
Hmmm... cool.... does brown rice give you a darker tone heh

A friend made a great little shaker from a little plastic "Brut" bottle with some #7 1/2 bird shot from a shotgun shell... great tone, and you can use it like a little maraca.
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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Move the SM-57.
Old 28th January 2009 | Show parent
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turn off the lcd monitor. . .
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