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Six months into goofy time...

Discussion in 'Recording In Progress' started by mexicanyella, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    ...is it too soon to start a “let’s see everybody’s recording/practicing/songwriting space” thread? Some of us have probably made fairly recent changes or additions (or subtractions, shudder) to their music space in the downtime.

    After years of family busy-ness and parenthood and my gear being scattered and mostly packed away—aside from my bass rig set up at the band practice space—I have found recent time to start setting back up for song creation and recording at home. My son just left for college and some things have slowed down in my life, and a longtime transatlantic e-mail buddy and I have finally made good on our exchanged threats of collaborating on a musical project. It really helps provide something to look forward to under current conditions of isolation and no band hang time.

    So I’ve been setting up a new practice/noodling/songwriting/
    recording space in a little alcove in one of our outbuildings that I use for office space.

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    Lap steel, guitar, coupla basses, my Peavey TKO I like playing all my instruments through at home, Magnus electric organ, two ancient drum machines (PAiA Drummer Boy and Ace-Tone Rhythm Ace) and a slightly newer one (Boss DR-5). Laptop with various software. Little Behringer mixer. IRig 2 interface. Joyo British Sound gets used for recording bass direct through the iRig.

    My collab partner and I have been using the BandLab app on my iPhone and his tablet, so it’s pretty quick and dirty but it really cuts down on file upload/download and has been a lot of fun to use. So the laptop is sitting idle at the moment, and I was taking the photos with the iPhone.

    Yeah, I need to dust the lap steel and the Dean bass, I know...
     
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  2. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    excellant stuff if it works for the purpose its perfect , Mine is on the rediculous end of the TOO MUCH gear end and no matter how complex I pull my gear back simplicity to use it
    congrats!
     
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  3. mexicanyella

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    I’m all for seeing anything from the ridiculous to the Spartan! Any of that might give me ideas or inspiration on what to do next. It’s interesting to me to see how people set up creative workspace. Feel free to post sound clips of stuff you’ve done in your space too. I intend to soon, once we get something finished. Several things are in “extremely rough mix, not all the lyrics in place” status. But one tune does include the organ, the white Squier P-bass and the black Squier guitar on my end, and it should be sort of finished soon...
     
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    Cool.
    I have one of those chord organs too!
    How are you micing yours?
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    be carefull what you wish for......

    this is my console, the equipment has been moved around since this shot but you get the idea

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    this is my virtual guitar rig

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    my spare and live recorder a Yamaha AW4416 with lots of cards for firewire and lightpipe so I can tie it into the rest of my system plus it records to hard drive and burns CDs

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    my latest aquisitions and projeect waiting for my eurorack modules to arrive , and missing a 16 chanel rack mount mixer

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    my studio guitar system

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    some of my amps lots are missing from this shot

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    some of my guitars

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    TOO MUCH STUFF

    and there is lots and lots more not in these pics
     
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  6. mexicanyella

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    Awesome! Thanks!

    I think I remember seeing shots of the rooms of left-handedness in some other thread. Your hours looks like a fuuuuuuuuuuuuuun place to hang out.

    As an aside, is your avatar photo of Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand? I just heard “The Sun is Shining” on the radio yesterday!
     
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    yes in honor of the dog himself
     
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    I see an older Crown amp, I just picked up a little newer one, $1 a pound, or 7c per watt. Not sure what I'm going to do with it though.
     
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    Top of the mornin'....

    Here's my space.
    Quite a bit more lean than my old analog recording days but it's quite efficient for my writing/recording purposes.
    It's about 11'x12'.

    Just finished a new song last night so I have some mixing to do.
    Takes me forever to get a vocal I'm actually satisfied with given my lack of preferred singing skills. :)

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  10. 24 track

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    check it out first and replace any bad caps , these are fantastic amps the Amcron DC300 is an export version of the crown lab series , excellant amps and a nice score , these are buit like tanks. congrats, I got mine for $60.00 cdn
     
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    Not in my photo above is a Crown MicroTech 600 I picked up real cheap to power my bass cab right before the goofy times started. I’ve powered it up twice, I think.

    Interesting to see ART gear. Reminds me of the Musicians Friend catalog days of yesteryear...

    @24 track, do you have a thread somewhere about your virtual guitar rig?
     
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    Its functioning, but has an internal chassis hum or buzz. I cannot find a tech to even answer the phone, much less take it in for service. Its going to a tech as soon as possible though.
     
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    not really , it is a rack mount PC with max ram and hard drives , the second rack unit has 6X1 terrabyte sata harddrives in it that i can access any of them individually I have loaded a ton of amp simulators in it and reaper to drive it . The audio outs feed directly into my other gear, input is a presonus 24 bit /96K firepod interface all the midi controlls are done with logic environment , the 2 power mac G5's Mac towers under neath are library sounds for the programs I run in my main 2 recording computers also Mac G5 towers , and the mastering computer is also a mac G5 tower , I have 8X1 terrabyte harddrives of programs some still to be installed into the system , with the mac OS I can use the run function and port all the harddrives onto each computer for access using a closed lan system.

    As for the ART gear I have 3X SGX 2000s , 2 X SGE mach 2s, 1X MULTIVERB 3, plus the X15 ultrafoot controller.to be honest i get some nice sounds out of the SGX 2000 's, easier to use than the Pod Pro.
     
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    yeah i made sure the one I got had a complete cap job as well sound like yours need one as well ,

    here is a site for the service manual for your amp you may wish to download and print it out

    https://www.crownaudio.com/en/product_documents/mt600sm-pdf
     
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    Photos over the years of the the control room of the project studio I (read: my general contractor and his hardworking guys) built in 2016:

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    Well, I don’t have cabling to hook up my actual mics yet; hope to solder up my own sometime soon, so in the spirit of quick-and-dirty, let’s see what BandLab can do, I...uh...

    ...well, I held my phone above the sound vents, maybe 16” above them, while playing a descending little reggae thing on the upbeats with one hand. And you know what? It worked great! It made a very accurate recording of what it sounds like, including the blower that is about 2 dB quieter than the actual notes, and the plastic-sounding clacks as the keys finish up their mile-long travel.

    I jumped on BandLab’s noise gate and gated out the blower noise between the little upbeat stabs—it was easy—and what was left sounded pretty cool, like a lo-fi accordion.

    Once I have cabling together I can experiment with condenser vs dynamic mics on it and see if I can do better (maybe I’ll be able to play it better by then too) but on the one song I’ve used it on so far, it was a blast...well worth its $11.00 junk shop price tag!

    I have an old dynamic announcer mic with a 1/4” male jack on it, and I’m curious to see how the organ sounds with some fake Leslie speaker courtesy of my old DOD chorus pedal set at a high swirly rate. But even dry, no effects, it’s a fun texture for simple background parts.
     
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    nice lay out , I didnt have the space you have , or the ceiling hieght , is that an eventide H9000 under your phone? if it is you lucky bugger, LOL
     
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    @24 track and @Ed Driscoll, if I could like each of your posts 340 times I would. Thanks for taking the time to post those photos; those spaces look great. Looks like some pretty involved panel angles and joinery and acoustic treatment to keep the standing waves/flutter echoes under control...something I may have to deal with once (if) I progress beyond the tiny constraints of what I’m doing now.
     
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    Yes! I waited over a year and a half after construction was done after I read Eventide would be introducing the H9000. I figured they would be, as by the end of 2016, the H8000 had had quite a long shelf life (not that it doesn't still sound great). That's why the early photos of the desk have a blank panel on the right. I was waiting for this day:

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    I think it took another six months before Eventide introduced the Emote software, which effectively allows the H9000 to be used as a VST plugin. Just working it from the front panel I was fumbling with it as first. But with Emote, it's really powerful stuff.
     
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