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Recording synths: Workflow and favorite gear?
Old 13th December 2020
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Recording synths: Workflow and favorite gear?

Hi, thank you for doing this Q&A!
I hope I can get this question in, this late.
There's a question that pops up on a regular basis and maybe you can shine a light on that.
What is your go-to method and workflow of recording synths?
Do you have favorite preamps for that, and do you think the preamp is important (for the sound)? Any favorite combinations you'd like to share?
You wrote in another post you're using EQ after recording, usually. What about FX when recording synths? Delays, filters? In the box, out?

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Old 18th December 2020
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I worked for years with a small yamaha mixer, recording my analog synths directly to 4 track quarter inch tape. Sounded awesome. I had some mxr Phase 90 pedal, an echoplex or a first generation MXR digital delay... made stunning sounds.
Now I record through API preamps, or my Avalon 737 sp with some compression and use mostly plugin delays or reverbs or Phase Mistress imitating my Mutron- BiPhase. Also sounds great. One of the coolest sounds I ever made was with my Mini Moog Model D, with a heavy bass, 3 oscillator sound running into a Marshall Amp and Speakers "set to stun" (mass overdrive) I recorded it with a Senheiser 421 close to the speaker and a Neuman U87 in the room.... NEVER heard a sound like that before. Synths are so versatile, even the old ones I like (Arp Odyssey, Solina String Ensemble, Mini Moog, MicroMoog, Pro-One) that its hard to get a bad sound if u have a strong relationship with the instrument!
Old 22nd December 2020
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thank you @ Gordotronic ! inspiring ideas
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thank U! and I'm glad u found some of this interesting!
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