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Using gear for stuff it wasn't really meant for?

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Jay Kahrs mentions below he uses his TC M2000 multi FX unit as a converter (24 bit! Nice!) We use our digital FX boxes as converters often too (when our best converter is out on hire for example)

Fletcher I think has a compressor on his TV set at home...

I know Dave Martin in Nashville likes to keep his coffee warm on a favorite piece of valve gear!

What do you hot wire your stuff do do that it was not really meant to do? Or is out of the ordinary?

(my favorite was using a Neve Prism rack as a door stop for a month or so!)

:)

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archived member Thu, 10/25/2001 - 05:54
Hi Jules!
Hi All!

I have found that unused gear can make a good job to impress cliens (if you are not too lasy to wipe the dust on a regular basis...) SPL Tube Vitalizer and AKAI DR-16 were not used here for ages as a recording devices, as well as Yamaha 02R - but they have such a cute looks and all that flashing lights!!!
"Oh! how did you learned all this stuff!"
he-he-he!!!

Ivan
PS: Jules, how did Neve Prism performed as a door stop? Did you try any blind A/B tests? Does it improved the door functionality comparing to other devices you maybe have used for this task? Going to use ADAT XT-20 for door-stopping - will you recommend it?
:)

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archived member Thu, 10/25/2001 - 06:31
This sounds weird, but... I've used a vibrator on electric guitar (like an E-Bow).

I wouldn't use it on stage, but nobody can see you in the studio. :)

PS: Howdy Jules! This is the same popmusic over at musicplayer.com... They're updating their bb software today, so I figured I'd hang out here for a little while.

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hollywood_steve Thu, 10/25/2001 - 09:14
I got one. Old Altec 436b compressors do NOT have mic preamps (unlike the 438 series which were combo preamp/compressors). But my 436b has so much gain, that I often have used it as a mic preamp. (with compression as a "bonus")

Its been a standard way for me to record electric bass. A Sennheiser MD421 jammed right in front of my Mesa Boogie Bass 400 stack, and plugged straight into the 436b and then to tape - works every time.

steve
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Scott Gould Thu, 10/25/2001 - 09:37
I use an old upright piano as an effect - Setup:
Remove front panels (exposing strings)
Put brick on damper pedal (lifting damper)
Route an aux send to a keyboard amp & put it as close to the strings as possible
Slap a couple piezo transducers (stick-on guitar "pickups") on the soundboard & return signal to board.

Amazing what sympathetic vibrations can do...

Scott

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archived member Thu, 10/25/2001 - 09:43
Speaking of vibrations...

I have a tiny thumb piano I bought at TJ Maxx... When you put it on the back of an acoustic guitar body, it amplifies the sound and changes the tonal character of the instrument. I'm sure there are other things that can be done with amplifying instruments via an acoustic guitar body...

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Scott Gould Thu, 10/25/2001 - 12:37
>"I have a tiny thumb piano I bought at TJ Maxx... When you put it on the back of an acoustic guitar body, it amplifies the sound and changes the tonal character of the instrument. I'm sure there are other things that can be done with amplifying instruments via an acoustic guitar body... "
Wow - That's almost exactly what Godin did with their Acousticaster guitars, only they put a "resonator harp" in a chamber inside the body...

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Guest Thu, 10/25/2001 - 14:43
"Jules, how did Neve Prism performed as a door stop? Did you try any blind A/B tests? Does it improved the door functionality comparing to other devices you maybe have used for this task? Going to use ADAT XT-20 for door-stopping - will you recommend it?"

The Neve was the best ever door stop, it really was excelent. I think the Adat will perform brilliantly for you. You need to be able to pick it up with one hand while on the phone and also tell a drummer that's just walked in, where to load in - all at the same time.

Cool answers so far!!!!

:)

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archived member Fri, 10/26/2001 - 06:53
Originally posted by DigitMus:
Wow - That's almost exactly what Godin did with their Acousticaster guitars, only they put a "resonator harp" in a chamber inside the body...

Actually, I didn't mean that I played acoustic guitar and then the thumb piano helped give some weird sounds (although I gotta try that out now that you gave me the idea)... :) I meant that I played the thumb piano and the acoustic guitar body helped amplify and change the sound of the thumb piano. Basically, I turned the thumb piano into a large kalimba, but with some weird sympathetic vibrations from the guitar strings.

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archived member Fri, 10/26/2001 - 08:20
i just recorded a bass yesterday....i was going into a bass micro synth and then into a urie LA-12....i set the compressor for a peak limiter and noticed a small amount of top end fuzz....so i said hum??? what if i lower the threshold to like -20db and crank the out put gain....well i got a great fuzzy synth bass tone.

so to make a long story short i just found out my compressors make great fuzz boxes =)

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archived member Fri, 10/26/2001 - 09:28
I feel so uncreative! The best I've done is hang a mic from the ceiling fan 'cause some schmo (ok, the bassist) took off with all my mic stands.

However, when you're in a pinch, it's ok to use a TRS cable to un-cork a wine bottle. Just watch out for the overspray when you jam the cork in, I've still got purple stains on my monitor.

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sjoko Sat, 10/27/2001 - 00:15
Some fresh, large prawns from the local saturday am "direct from the boat" fish market at fishermans' warf. Arrive at the studio at about 10am, and turn all the gear on. Go to the kitchen, peel the (fresh, uncooked) prawns. Place them in the center of some aluminum foil. A little bit of salt, some african red pepper, and a drop of ketjap bentang (indonesian sweet soy sauce). Fold the foil, ensuring the parcel is well sealed. Place parcel on top of the Inner Tube Audio preamp, the "special hand - build one-off" with the 2 giant tubes and the huge transformer. At one pm, go back to the kitchen and butter some fresh bread, and put it on a plate. Back to the control room, carefully unfold the parcel, empty contends on the plate - by now they are cooked to total perfection.
Regular saturday lunch special at NGS Productions
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