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Another...What's Some of your Fav's...

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by RecorderMan, Jul 16, 2002.

  1. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member


    What are some of your favorite recording tricks/peices of gear. You know! those indespensible units or techniques that let you get sounds otherwise unobtainable.
    Here's some of mine:

    1. Royer 121 w/ pre-Amps modid to get lower impedence (a LOT cheaper to mod my existing pre's than to buy new ones with this feature).
    2. Little Labs IBP phase alignment tool...I'm ALERGIC to phase....os this is just what the docter ordered.
    3. SPL Transient Designer...been hip to these for about three years (sadly the secret is out).
    4. Dolby Strech (for vocals)...STILL nothing like it.

    What secrets have YOU found
  2. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    The secret but not the full story. I've heard these mentioned occaisionally, but not enough to give me a real idea on how cool they are. Care to let some cats out?

  3. volodia

    volodia Guest

    Hi recorder man,
    I use your 2 & 3
    Bear,SPL transient designer is a dynamic processor that has 2 controls only to shape the attack and the realease of a sound but it does things you cannot achieve with anything else.
    I have a K&H UE 400 (mastering Eq from the 70's) that I love .You can put (almost) as much bass as you want without "rumble"(each band has access to all the freqs with a variable Q) So you could go +48 if you wanted to which is not very common amongst analog eq's..
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    WAVES Enigma plug-in...

    I don't know what it is.
    I don't know what it does.

    I just set it it up on a stereo aux bus and send all kinds of crap through it: background vox, electric bass solos, rhythm guitars, organs, strings, you name it. My "secret" weapon.
  5. jimistone

    jimistone Guest

    i get fantastic guitar sounds by running my guitar signal thru a joe meek vc6q (opti compresser cranked pretty high)....before it hits my guitar amp.

    you just get a warmer sound with all the sustain you could ever hope for

    a clean guitar sound that has power, sustain, and warmth can be hard to nail...the meek works wonders for guitar
  6. droog

    droog Active Member

    i always wanted to get an 1176 just to use as a guitar pedal
  7. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Hey Bear!
    I don't own one yet...but have been using them off and on for a few years...and I'm going to get one this year.
    If you get drum tracks where all the life has been compressed out of it you can add new life with the Transient Designer. It allows you to expand the attack, and leave the tail alone. You can make toms sustain longer...and again get the attack to bite.

    OH...I forgot.
    5. ReAmp
    6. Polarity Clicker
    7. Cable tester (don't use it as much as I should....used to be whenever I would pull a bunch of cables for a large tracking session, I'd spend just a minute and run all the cables by this...eliminating a cable or two and saving invuable time later.
    8. SMPTE calclator/stopwatch ( w/ the advent and use of Pro Tools, I really rarely use this...but a couple of times a year it pays for itself in time savings...before digital it was invaluable in sorting through the maze of offsets on huge projects-mostly, but not all, film).
    9. How could I forget! My Yamaha Sub-woofer (for NS10's where-ever I go. Takes the most ubiquitous monitor sytem known [ns10's], and makes them a full range system that everybody in the room can relate too - read: no learning curve, because everybody knows (or should) gow ns10's sound-all for the cost of one ns10.
    10. PACKING BLANKETS. You can get a dozen for a little over a hundred dollars. Hang them on mic stands, whatever...a dozen poor man's goboe's whever you are.
    -whew :w:
  8. droog

    droog Active Member

    is there anything like the spl transient designer in software land?

    there must be, but i cannae think of it
  9. volodia

    volodia Guest

    It exist as a plug in on the scope system.On logic audio there's a plug in called enveloper I think that does about the same kind of treatment only not as good .I don't know if it exist as VST Plug in ,I know the SPL deesser (a great hardware deesser) exist as VST.
  10. mig27

    mig27 Active Member

    SPL transient designer as vst-plugin?
    yes - and it's free on top of that.

    the plugin is called DOMINION and can be found here.

    also check out their compressor ENDORPHIN...
    really nice stuff, taking into account it's freeware.

    other topic:

    the very best EQ I ever came across is a piece of vintage german broadcast equipment: siemens W295b.
    pretty easy layout - solid state class A.

    the great thing about this unit is that you can for example dial in +12 dB trebles on vocals without getting any harshness at all - just silky smooth top end.

    sometimes, these babies can be found at eBay. they usually go for 250.00 $ - which is nothing compared to their in-use value.

    best of luck.

  11. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    those eq's look s-w-e-e-t :tu:
  12. mig27

    mig27 Active Member

    yep - they sure do.

    BTW, lenny krawitz has a full rack of them in his studio. read that on marquette audio's homepage the other day.
  13. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    damn that lenny...hoggin all the toy's :mad:
  14. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Sold all my outboard gear and go straight in now.
    (love that 192 i/o )

    Pitch Blender by Wave Mechanics is the coolest vocal/drum/guitar effect ever made. You will lose a lot of sleep just going throught the presets.
  15. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

  16. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    I am all for mixing anyway that floats your boat. Do it which ever way is fun and productive for you. For me with the better converters coming out lately I find I can get the analog sound I want really close in rough mix with few if any plugins during tracking. The great quality of the 48 bit TDM mixer lets me hear what I am tracking.

    As for mixing in digital a Pro Control or other large format control surface sure makes it a lot more fun.

    I really like to get the sound I want from the source by working guitar and drum setups til I am happy. I always find it more fun and natural to drive the input gain of a mesa boogie head than to try to use a distortion box ... I mean tube comp to get the punch. But then again I am a guitar player and the amp head is where my greatest comfort zone is. To each his/her own.
  17. BrockStapper

    BrockStapper Guest

    My latest distortion pedal:
    Silvertone amp in case driven by your favorite compressor (with very little compression and lots and lots of gain...)
  18. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    I absolutely LOVE runninmg things through real amps, and mic'ing them...try 'em on your favorite loops.....
  19. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    The strangest thing I ever did...(now you mention micing...or is mic-ing, Mikeing or Mike-ing) How about Microphonic capturing....Talking to myself again Oh well..

    This braodband I just got is too friggin' cool folks. 770KBS downloads. WOW.

    Ok Ok..The strange....

    A fellow had a cassette master that quite franky sounded like ass. I took one of my best microphones (Bruel&Kjaer 4006) and miced the tweeter of my monitor right, then the mid, then the woofer, then the left channel the same way..dropped it to six tracks, eqed them, mixed them to 2 track, and mastered it.

    It wazzzz the only way to get some dynamics out of it..Micing at 1/4 inch does increase the dynamics 4 fold...and I had a fine tune filtering on each track. To eleiminate bleed, I used a piece of 2" high density foam.

    You think you have done some wild things...bring them on..I got hundreds of stories!!!

    Lets start a thread on it..shall we?? If you start, I will repaste it..or we can just start now!!!

    This job is fun my Man!
  20. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Bill...I'm beginnig to believe that you are really an inmate in a high security mental ward who has seriptitiously gained access to the internet..... :roll:

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