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What about this room I have?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by dax, Jan 4, 2003.

  1. dax

    dax Guest

    Hi, first off I want to state that I am a "Super Newbie". I just know this is a stupid question, but here goes. I know when you mic vocals, it is best done in a booth, with the right deminsions, and so forth. But I go trough my house from time to time just singing away, and when I get to my dining room my voice pumps up, with great smooth low end, and a jingle kind of high end. This room has great acoustics! It is almost all wood, cause my house is "very old" like 60 years old. So my question is? could I just use a good condenser mic with a omni directional pick-up pattern, and mic my voice in this room? And take advantage of the natural reverb? Is it always good to have a dead room to mic vocals?
  2. Eric Best

    Eric Best Active Member

    First, you can do whatever you want, it is your music. I've recorded guitars and vocals in just about every room of my house. The only reason that I haven't done it with drums is because they wont fit with the furniture.

    What recording in a dead room does for you is gives you flexibility at mix time. That does not mean it is better.

    What I do often is to take 2 mic's, one close and one further away to pick up more of the room sound so I can mix it later into exactly what I want.

    There are many great albums that have been tracked in different rooms in houses, not in studios then mixed in the studio. Experiment, have fun!!!!!

  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Put up a mic in the room and record! If it sound like sh*t erase it!. Old houses are great to record in sometimes. Many band do this, like The Chili Peppers. They rent an old house in the hills and set up a studio and cut an album. They've done this twice. Older houses tend to have higher ceilings, it really helps quite a bit and . If something sounds good to you, try it! It's not like the "Recording Police" are going to haul you away for an infraction. You can always erase the evidence! :D
    Tannoys, Dynaudio, Blue Sky, JBL, Earthworks, Westlake, NS 10's :D , Genelec, Hafler, KRK.
    Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.
    It's my opinion, I'll play with it if I want to!
  4. dax

    dax Guest

    Hey thanks guys!

    The recording police! Yea I am so glad you guys didnt say,(hold on you cant do that) cause it sounds pretty good and I couldn't see why not? I did'nt know that about the Chili Peppers either? I love the Chili Peppers, and Rick Rubin has done some of the best recording I have ever heard! John Frusciante was the reason I even picked up a guitar in the first place. Well enough of that, thanks guys for the input, I will go set up my mic in the dining room now.

  5. Pez

    Pez Active Member

    Try everything. It's more fun to write your own book then to read someone elses. I've noticed recently that my Honda Accord has great acoustics. I've been thinking about running a long mic cable out to the car parked in front of the studio just to check it out. In the time it takes to post a question I can get an answer myself. Wouldn't work in a high traffic area though - or would it hmmm.... Summer in the city?
  6. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Ok Ok, secrets out!

    I have been using a car for a mic booth now for over 20 years.

    If I want verb, I double the track in the bathroom with stratigically place towels.
  7. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    IMO a '59 Rambler station wagon sounds the best! It has to one of the ones with the 3 speed on the column .... the push button automatics just don't sound as good. :D
  8. Pez

    Pez Active Member

    Cedar, have you ever tried the "all buttons in?" Works great with my Rambler. :tu:
  9. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Yeah, I tried that before and it does sound good. But for my money, nothings better than that "Ballinsocket" shifter...The sound's in the metal ...... !
    I can see it now …. A couple of old semi trailers and a few dead cars out in the field. I have a 5K generator …. Hmmm. Hey Elias, how about a silence case for my Kawasaki generator??
  10. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Kinda gives new meaning to the ad, "Kawasaki - let the good times roll", huh?

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