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Old 25th August 2002
Jr. Gear Slut 2nd class
chessparov's Avatar
๐ŸŽง 15 years
Jay, missed your last post as we were almost posting at the same time.

The point is that I'm confident in my ability to judge fairly well the quality
of certain equipment as far as it sounds in an objective sense,
compared to someone "off the street" pursuant to your example.
By NO means as well as you or other pros here(surprise surprise!).

Nathan, I'd be sure to bring my checkbook for protection.
We could, however, practice our marksmanship on the infamous
Mackie/ADAT "sculpture".

Old 25th August 2002
One with big hooves
Jay Kahrs's Avatar
๐ŸŽง 15 years
Picking the gear out is the easy part. If you saw the list I put together in Jules' forum about tracking outboard you'll see what I mean. It took me about 10 minutes to think about and type out. Actually affording it and then knowing what do with it is the bigger problem. I always get suprised when I use my ears.

Case in point I almost always put up a few different mics for vocals and then decide what I like best. One time I had a singer who insisted on using a U87 for his vocals so I borrowed one from a friend. I also put up an AT4047, 414, 77DX and an SM57 with all the capsules almost touching. I got each mic to about the same amount of gain on the 2" deck and recorded one pass of the song on each mic at the same time (same performace, each mic going to it's own track). Well, the singer came back in and we started picking mics by muting one track then another etc. When I got to one of them both the singer, bass player and myself knew which mic we wanted to use. The singer said "I told ya, the U87 sounds great on my voice". I almost didn't have the heart to tell him that he picked the SM57 over the U87.

It's pretty rare that it happens but it actually does from time to time. The U87 didn't sound bad, but the 57 was a better match for his voice and the music. Maybe on another day with different material the U87 would've been better. Just goes to show you that you have to use your ears and having a point of reference is invaluable.
Old 25th August 2002
Jr. Gear Slut 2nd class
chessparov's Avatar
๐ŸŽง 15 years
Thanks Jay for an excellent example.

Eyeing "affordable" ribbon microphones ala used Beyers BTW.

Old 9th October 2004
One with big hooves
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