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Old 31st July 2021
  #991
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Not anywhere near as cool-n-sexy as kennybro's day in the studio...
...but this is my studio amusement at the moment.



I decided early this year to pick up a Peterson 490-ST strobe tuner for the studio. While I already have like 4-5 tuners, most of them the smaller Peterson virtual strobes, meant for guitars, bases and pedal steel instruments...none can cut it for piano tuning, which no matter how good of an ear you have, isn't simple to do without a good tuner or extensive piano tuning experience.

In the past I've "tweaked" the tuning on my upright piano many times...but I would always bring in a tuning tech every so often to do a proper job.
Then I picked up a grand piano for the new studio...a beautiful Knabe Concert Grand, vintage between 1957-59 based on the serial. Got it from a guy who apparently played some keys on some Janis Joplin studio sessions back in the day (not on this piano).

With two pianos now, I thought it might be a good time to pick up the 490-ST which is intended for piano tuning, with the "stretch" options, along with the ability for tuning a wider range of instruments.
Considering that tuning techs are getting around $200/tuning...it would be $400 each time for my two pianos...so here I am, trying out the 490-ST on the grand.

It took a bit to get use to the mechanical strobe meter...a bit different than the virtual strobes...and more options for changing the way the strobe metering responds to the octave you are in...but I have a pretty good feel for it now.

I just finished the tuning using one of the stretch presets...and I'm happy with how it sounds...I couldn't have tuned it this well by ear.
I'm going to try out a couple of the other stretch presets...since each one kinda applies to a specific scale length...but it mostly comes down to how each piano responds, and what stretch flavor you prefer.
Right now I used the full concert grand stretch, meant for the big grands...though my grand is one of the smaller ones.

The big concert grand stretch provides the best fundamental tone tuning, with less "fudging" in the lows and highs. I'll have to play it for awhile and see how it fits with other instruments.

Any piano tuning pros...if you have some suggestions, I'm ears...
...and I'm not just being cheap by doing this myself.
I may still bring in a pro from time to time...but having the 490ST is also going to make touch-ups more easier and more accurate, and that can happen often, so for recording use, you need to have the tuning on the mark every time, and bringing a tuning tech can take awhile to schedule.
Old 31st July 2021 | Show parent
  #992
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Quote:
Originally Posted by chessparov2.0 ➡️
Awesome Kenny!
Chris
We had a total ball. Did a Jimmy original, and Miles Davis' Jean Pierre, more rocked out like the Mike Stern live version. Can't wait to hear some final mixes!
Old 31st July 2021 | Show parent
  #993
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Quote:
Originally Posted by miroslav ➡️
Any piano tuning pros...if you have some suggestions, I'm ears...
...and I'm not just being cheap by doing this myself.
I tried to tune a piano once myself. OMG, what a freaking mess! Taking that on is a brave task.
Old 31st July 2021 | Show parent
  #994
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kennybro ➡️
I tried to tune a piano once myself. OMG, what a freaking mess! Taking that on is a brave task.
Without the 490ST...it would have been a mess for me too.
Once you get familiar with the machine...and especially how to read the strobe when you're in the higher octaves, because the sounds die off quickly... it wasn't too hard...but first time out, very time consuming.
Old 31st July 2021
  #995
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Nice, Kenny. The bass player I play with got that same Lakland during lockdown, and it's the only thing he's played with us since we've been back.
Old 31st July 2021 | Show parent
  #996
Quote:
Originally Posted by miroslav ➡️
Not anywhere near as cool-n-sexy as kennybro's day in the studio...
...but this is my studio amusement at the moment.



I decided early this year to pick up a Peterson 490-ST strobe tuner for the studio. While I already have like 4-5 tuners, most of them the smaller Peterson virtual strobes, meant for guitars, bases and pedal steel instruments...none can cut it for piano tuning, which no matter how good of an ear you have, isn't simple to do without a good tuner or extensive piano tuning experience.

In the past I've "tweaked" the tuning on my upright piano many times...but I would always bring in a tuning tech every so often to do a proper job.
Then I picked up a grand piano for the new studio...a beautiful Knabe Concert Grand, vintage between 1957-59 based on the serial. Got it from a guy who apparently played some keys on some Janis Joplin studio sessions back in the day (not on this piano).

With two pianos now, I thought it might be a good time to pick up the 490-ST which is intended for piano tuning, with the "stretch" options, along with the ability for tuning a wider range of instruments.
Considering that tuning techs are getting around $200/tuning...it would be $400 each time for my two pianos...so here I am, trying out the 490-ST on the grand.

It took a bit to get use to the mechanical strobe meter...a bit different than the virtual strobes...and more options for changing the way the strobe metering responds to the octave you are in...but I have a pretty good feel for it now.

I just finished the tuning using one of the stretch presets...and I'm happy with how it sounds...I couldn't have tuned it this well by ear.
I'm going to try out a couple of the other stretch presets...since each one kinda applies to a specific scale length...but it mostly comes down to how each piano responds, and what stretch flavor you prefer.
Right now I used the full concert grand stretch, meant for the big grands...though my grand is one of the smaller ones.

The big concert grand stretch provides the best fundamental tone tuning, with less "fudging" in the lows and highs. I'll have to play it for awhile and see how it fits with other instruments.

Any piano tuning pros...if you have some suggestions, I'm ears...
...and I'm not just being cheap by doing this myself.
I may still bring in a pro from time to time...but having the 490ST is also going to make touch-ups more easier and more accurate, and that can happen often, so for recording use, you need to have the tuning on the mark every time, and bringing a tuning tech can take awhile to schedule.
Love strobe tuners!
Old 31st July 2021 | Show parent
  #997
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kennybro ➡️
Fabulous day at the amazing Thunderclap Studios in Hammond, Indiana. The extraordinary John Carpenter at the engineering wheel. Session was for blues artist, Jimmy Warren. I was the hired gun bassist today. As always, John nailed it. Very comfortable and well-equipped room. Terrence Boylan on drums. A fine time was had by all, and some excellent tracks went down! Check out that '63 Barney K. Has some of the last PAF pickups ever manufactured. What an axe! That Lakland short scale ended up getting swapped out for a USA 44-94.
As always, it was great working with you Kenny. You always make me look good when I hire you for a session. Your preparation, tone and musicality is impeccable. I look forward to the next one!
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  #998
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Originally Posted by Tclap ➡️
As always, it was great working with you Kenny. You always make me look good when I hire you for a session. Your preparation, tone and musicality is impeccable. I look forward to the next one!
Thanks so much, John! Right back at ya. Yes, let's do this again soon.
Anyone seeking a studio in the entire south Chicago area, Tclap is the pinnacle of professional expertise, artistic quality, top gear and efficiency.
You made the day effortless, my man!
Old 31st July 2021
  #999
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Must be something in the air, there in Chicago!
(throws the Thunderclap Newman 45 on)
Chris
Old 31st July 2021
  #1000
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The past two days, we made a faculty audio/video recording showing off ACC's brand new recording studio! I arranged a version of "Don't You Forget About Me" by the Simple Minds for us and we had two luxurious days to set up, dial in sounds, and get as many takes as we could possibly want.

For whatever strange reason, Texas' major universities – even the ones with excellent jazz programs, like North Texas, my alma mater – don't generally have great recording studios or contemporary music, music production, or music technology curricula. So community colleges like ACC, Collin College near Dallas, and Plains College near Lubbock pick up that slack, and we're the closest thing to a modern Berklee-style school in the area. This new facility in central Austin is now one of the best live tracking rooms in the city, and I'm very grateful we get to use it. It was a very fun session, and my colleagues are extremely cool too.
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Old 1st August 2021
  #1001
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This (upbeat) Thread, was a great idea Jules.
Especially after the last year and a half (or so)...
Very much appreciated guys.
Chris
Old 4th August 2021 | Show parent
  #1002
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Old 4th August 2021 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by vernier ➡️
Again, unwatchable cinematography but cool sounds! Loved it!
Old 5th August 2021
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Guess you like JBL’s ??🤣😂
Old 11th August 2021
  #1005
Testing the Gustard X16 as DAC. Marginal benefits over the Babyface Pro FS' DAC so I may end up returning it.

Edit: LMK if you want measurements.
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Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
  #1006
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Did a complete tear down and upgrade of my hybrid setup. was able to get to 28 analog ins (@48k) and moved to a "big boy" patch bay in the process. I still have to do all of the cable pulling, snake running, & physical routing to the outboard gear later tonight/tomorrow. Still to add is the analog summing and DA, thinking Dangerous at the moment. Any other opinions?
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Old 4 weeks ago
  #1007
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Gear!

Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
  #1008
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Originally Posted by Rob 28 ➡️
Gear!

Right?
Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
  #1009
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Finally put up some French cleats to hang my side wall absorbers. Not the prettiest thing in the world but it will let me slide panels from side to side, and add or remove panels without hassle.
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Old 4 weeks ago | Show parent
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Originally Posted by D_T_Music ➡️
Finally put up some French cleats to hang my side wall absorbers. Not the prettiest thing in the world but it will let me slide panels from side to side, and add or remove panels without hassle.
That's a good idea.
Old 4 weeks ago
  #1011
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Yes. I have my panels on French cleats too.
Old 3 weeks ago | Show parent
  #1012
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the diffusors in my live room are mounted with french cleats
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Old 3 weeks ago | Show parent
  #1013
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Originally Posted by Musiclab ➡️
the diffusors in my live room are mounted with french cleats
Nice! It definitely looks much cleaner in your space!
Old 2 weeks ago
  #1014
Slowly finishing my Sound Skulptor CP4500. I have 4-5 hours in it at this point.
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Old 2 weeks ago | Show parent
  #1015
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Been building a lot, a microphone mod, 3 Wolfboxes, a microphone rebuild for a studio in town, and finished up two pedals.

Discovered that watching Netflix is much better for soldering than listening to music, more engaging, more relaxing, can still work quickly.

This is one of the pedals, the flanger. The most interesting thing is that little daughterboard on the footswitch, I designed that myself, drew it in EasyEDA, and had it manufactured by JLCPCB! Exciting. I have a boost pedal circuit board too ready to test, but one out of two so far ain't bad for a first ever PCB design.

The daughterboard cleans up the wiring and makes it easier. Not much faster, but easier. Less stressful than point to point wiring, and somewhat neater looking. Feels like progress. Going to try to do a run of 5 or 10 boost pedals and see if I can find buyers for them.

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Old 1 week ago | Show parent
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Been wanting to do this for a while... comparing a KM184 to a KM84.
A friend took his KM84 along so we got to do some extensive testing with both mics, mainly on Acousic Guitar.

Although both mics can sound really different, the basic character is quite similar.

If I had to choose between the 2, I would take both!
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Old 1 week ago
  #1017
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I bought a km184 the other week. It’s a very good and not too disimilar to an 84, nothing a transformer preamp and a pultec doesn’t solve without the BS crazy prices ppl are asking now.. I think the hatred is massively unfounded .

Wiggy

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Old 3 days ago
  #1018
Putting the Sound Skulptor CP4500 through its paces. Channel matching needs a bit of attention but distortion is incredibly low for a VCA comp (less than 0.005 %). It can compress.
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Some rack porn. Left foreground: a new cable cactus. Top right: a pair of H2 Helios pres/eq’s. Stoked so far! Got this woody thunky sound to them. Gonna be awesome on drums I think. The eq is based (reportedly) on the passive REDD EQ’s at AR back in the day so will be fun to run the Redd47s through the eq’s!
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Old 2 days ago
  #1020
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Built my first 100% self made pedal (that is, one that has PCBs. Not counting stripboard and turret board.) Both PCBs work and are quiet! Layout could be tweaked, but great luck for a first try.

Auditioned a bunch of capacitors and settled on the Nichicon QYX for the input capacitor of this particular build. This is a bad-ass boost pedal. Only took an hour and a half to build from start to finish, including drilling, so that's a big improvement from the old way (stripboard, point to point wiring.) I'm chuffed.

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