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New years gear observations

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Steve@Russo, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    1. Api pres are sick on aggressive drums, they may not sound great isolated, wait until you get a mix going
    2. I was right 6 years ago, sm7b is still awesome on the bottom of a snare through Daking pre
    3. Royer 101, yeah it is sick, buy one, now
    4. Patchbays are easy if you spend 1 month to think about it, then 6 hours to wire it
    7. Track drums to tape, out of your api&daking pres
    8. Royer 101, is sick again, got on here twice
    9. don't buy a lunchbox unless you plan on filling it, it is staring at me mocking right now

    happy new years
     
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I'm thinking about a patchbay again. Not sure what to buy. Good list you got so far.

    I did a simple A/B between the Nail and STC-8 last night on the 2-bus. The Nail is a killer comp. STC-8, is amazing too.
     
  3. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    I am about to pick up an xpressor, 573 and 581. Just need to get this band in here and out. I always for the A designs stuff real, really noisy
     
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Say what?
     
  5. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    I am not sure if it was the mic or what, but when they came to sweetwater I got to demo every single piece of gear they made, and it was all noisy, I also heard their 500 rack was noisy so I stayed away. I think I mis typed what I wrote about.
     
  6. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    That's not good. I'm with you on that. Noisy gear gets tossed out the door over here but the Nail I have here is very quiet.
     
  7. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    It had to be the ******* mic. I was really surprised to be honest. Nice guys and well made gear. So....Other sweet stuff, I got a line on a pair of Dsm's for mid field monitors for like 300 bucks!
     
  8. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Had to laugh out loud at #4 re: Patchbays! Exactly what I did. I now have five 16 channel XLR patchbays and one each 24 & 16 channel 1/4" patchbay. Every piece of my studio equipment is accessible through these, inputs & outputs both. Makes working so much easier since most equipment has the jacks in the back. But it did take careful planning and most of a day to wire it up!

    Jeff
     
  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Wow, you have a lot of patchbays. I've never used one so its a new thing for me. Most of my gear is XLR. I have 16 high quality 3' trs patch cables, what do you recommend I get?

    I've also been thinking about looking for digital patchbays, no cable but that too, I've not researched much on.
     
  10. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    I rewire my patch bays once a year almost. I built my "console" like a mastering console where I can drop outboard in and out. Because it is always changing when My patchbay starts to look like bed head its time to reorganize. I agree with all your points.

    I have a lunch box that I cleaned out except for an API 550b and an API 525 about one and a half months ago. Now it has an ELI doc derr, and 2 more 550b's. Almost full. Whew then......... I got an awesome deal on a tonelux V8 lunch box with 2 eq's. Crap, now I have 6 more modules to buy.
     
  11. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I'm looking at this:
    Redco Audio - Custom Audio Cables - Recording Studio Supplies - Custom A/V Panels - Signex Isopatch TRS/DSUB Patchbay
    What is the difference between standard and longframe?

     
  12. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Chris -
    Yeah, it's a lot of patch bays, but literally everything is routed through them... All 16 mic inputs to the mixer, the snake to the drum booth (12 ch +4 returns), the snake to the live room (12 ch. +4 ret.), 10 channels of preamp in & outs, plus other stuff.

    Mistake in my previous post, the XLR patchbays are 12 channels each, not 16. And every port is in use!

    As far as TRS patchbays, these carry the line-ins to my mixer and outputs from some of my older gear... MIDI sound modules, tape recorders etc. I've been using the same HOSA trs patchbay for over a decade with no problems.

    All of my XLR patchbays are 'straight through' type with reversable modules so by reversing you can change the gender of the XLRs that present to the front, while the opposite gender presents to the rear.

    I don't know what to recommend for a TRS patchbay. My HOSA has been fine, but I wouldn't consider it to be top-of-the-line.

    That patchbay you're looking at might be good... but where are you going to go with the DSUB? My patchbay is TRS front and TRS back, I wouldn't be able to use a DSUB for anything.

    Jeff
     
  13. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I have both TRS and XLR break out cables that you can plug into the back of the patchbay. The dsubs keeps the patchbay smaller and more versatile. All my summing amps are dsubs too.
     
  14. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

    another observation, royer 101 also sounds sick through a 573 on high gain guitars, duh
     
  15. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Sounds like you are having a lot of fun!

    to clarify, sick as in awesome yes?
     
  16. Steve@Russo

    Steve@Russo Active Member

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