the flaming lips drums

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jalipaz

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hey any one know how they record their drums mostly i hear da couple things, 1 u47, or 1 u47 and another mic.
who knows, anybody? i love their sound. dave is awesome.
jal
 

e-cue

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I love their drum sound as well. I'm not sure how they achieved it, but I got close once when I mic'ed my kit like I normally do along with farly distant U87's as room mics. I squashed the dogwater out of them with 2 Shure Level Locks. (BTW, if you ever find one of these BUY THEM!, I've been looking & haven't seen one in a long time). It gives you an edge & power that Dave gets. I had to nudge these tracks forward in protools so I didn't get weird phase issues, but it sounded very similar to the Flaming Lips. Hope it helps, good luck.
 
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jalipaz

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hey jflush,
i actually went to tarbox studios this summer. i just wanted some people to talk about dave and his great work. the studio is like 45mins from my home town and i was visiting my mom so i ws like im gonna call and see if theyll let me take a quick tour. i got to meet dave and hes real cool and hes got alot of cool gadgets. i actually had one that he had, but i never used it cause i didnt know what it really was and then he told me so its in my chain all the time now.it was ral cool that he aloud me to come and check it out. hey i c ur in buffalo, im from warren, pa.

hey e-cue,
what is this shure level lock thing? is it a mic or a line level mixer or what, im really interested ive never heard of them.
thanx guys,
jal
 

Todd Farone

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Jal,
Cool man! Glad you found the studio! That's a super nice location...I used to go to school down there and loved it! I've never had a bad time in PA either!
 
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jalipaz

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where were u in pa? warren(where im from) is 20 mins. from jamestown, ny. what school? fredonia?
take it easy,
jal
 

Todd Farone

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Yep, went to school in Fredonia! Awesome! Jamestown is another crazy place... Kind of like Erie PA! Plenty of musicians... lot's of trouble makers :) My kind of place!
 
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jalipaz

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trouble for sure. i got busted in erie once because on my 16th b-day these yahoos tapped a pony keg right outside of the distributer. the cops said they saw me drink it. which i was really blowing out the foam. hehe
that sucked.
did u go to school with dave at fredonia?
later,
jal
 

e-cue

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Originally posted by jal:
hey e-cue,
what is this shure level lock thing? is it a mic or a line level mixer or what, im really interested ive never heard of them.
thanx guys,
jal

It's a mic-level podium compressor, and drums drive the thing so hard it distorts and compresses like crazy. You can get a backwards drum kit sound if you turn it all the way up. I usually mix this in with the kit so I don't get too out of control. Producer David Khane (Fishbone, Blake Babies, and more recently Sugaray, No Doubt) turned me on to these. They are incredible if your looking for a power indie rock sound.
 
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jalipaz

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hey e-que,
what do they look like so i can tell if i ever find one, do u have a pic? or is their one on the net?
thanx,
jal
 

e-cue

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Wow, I know this is kinda a stale thread but...

The Shure Level Loc isn't a very rugged little box. It's about 3/4ths a rack space. The power supplies to these, well, I have yet to see one. This kind of sucks since I'd like to rack mount it, but that's useless seeing as I'll just end up feeding it 9 volt batteries day after day.

Lately a $35 ECM-8000 mic between the kick and snare directly into this little bad boy will do the trick.
 

e-cue

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They can be found for under $300 sometimes on Ebay. It's kind of a one trick pony, but damn, what a one trick it does.
 
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