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Hi all,
I'm Ryan. I'm a 15 year old amateur sound engineer, independent label owner along with my dad, and folk-rock musician from the Auburn, Alabama area. I play acoustic and electric guitar, piano, Hammond organ, electric bass, and lap steel guitar. Check out my gear profile and tell me what you think about it. My record label is called Twelvepitch Records, and I'm locally renowned for my musical ability and record producing skills. Well, just wanted to say hello. I'm here to learn more from those who have been in the industry much longer than I have.
Thank you!
Ryan

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pcrecord Fri, 01/03/2020 - 08:52
Hi Ryan and welcome to RO,

You are at the right place to learn.. don't hesitate to post some of your work and get advices on what you could do to get better..

You ask to check you gear list.. It's hard to comment without knowing at what level of quality and services you set yourself.
I see some dated stuff and mostly affordable consumer level equipement which is very nice to learn and experiment. But that doesn't mean anything if you are doing electronic music...
I'm sure we will get to know each other and have a better idea of where you stand.

You'll get a blast here. Specially the much needed blunt truth about a lot of things from people who experienced them.
I've learned so much myself !

Twelvepitch Fri, 01/03/2020 - 10:29
pcrecord, post: 463060, member: 46460 wrote: Hi Ryan and welcome to RO,

You are at the right place to learn.. don't hesitate to post some of your work and get advices on what you could do to get better..

You ask to check you gear list.. It's hard to comment without knowing at what level of quality and services you set yourself.
I see some dated stuff and mostly affordable consumer level equipement which is very nice to learn and experiment. But that doesn't mean anything if you are doing electronic music...
I'm sure we will get to know each other and have a better idea of where you stand.

You'll get a blast here. Specially the much needed blunt truth about a lot of things from people who experienced them.
I've learned so much myself !
I’m not a huge studio, I’m a comfortable home setting studio that charges $40 an hour for recording time, and $200 a day. I do not record electronic music or hip hop. Mostly Christian, country, alt rock, rock, folk, and indie. I like to create a vintage feeling environment, and create a vintage sound. I’d love to learn more about front end analog electronics like graphic equalizers, tube mic preamps, tube compressors, etc.
Thank you,
Ryan

Boswell Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:32
Twelvepitch, post: 463061, member: 51812 wrote: I’d love to learn more about front end analog electronics like graphic equalizers, tube mic preamps, tube compressors, etc.
Just a learning note: graphic equalisers are used in PA equipment for live sound and rarely in the studio - they can play havoc with the phase of signals. You won't need one for the situation you describe. Also, compressors are usually not brought in until at the mix stage, after all the tracks are recorded. However, there are some people who like to record vocals and certain other tracks through a compressor, but it has to be a top quality one and used sparingly, since you can't easily undo its effect when it comes to mixing.

Twelvepitch Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:42
Boswell, post: 463062, member: 29034 wrote: Just a learning note: graphic equalisers are used in PA equipment for live sound and rarely in the studio - they can play havoc with the phase of signals. You won't need one for the situation you describe. Also, compressors are usually not brought in until at the mix stage, after all the tracks are recorded. However, there are some people who like to record vocals and certain other tracks through a compressor, but it has to be a top quality one and used sparingly, since you can't easily undo its effect when it comes to mixing.
I like to record every track dry with no effects at all, then add effects in the mixing/mastering stage. I like to get a good and clean recording with as little EQ, compression, etc as the person listening can adjust the EQ to their liking. I learned that from a friend of mine, Mr. Steve Hoffman, who did not use/used very little equalization on his remasters.
Thank you,
Ryan

pcrecord Fri, 01/03/2020 - 11:56
Twelvepitch, post: 463061, member: 51812 wrote: I’m not a huge studio, I’m a comfortable home setting studio that charges $40 an hour for recording time, and $200 a day. I do not record electronic music or hip hop. Mostly Christian, country, alt rock, rock, folk, and indie. I like to create a vintage feeling environment, and create a vintage sound. I’d love to learn more about front end analog electronics like graphic equalizers, tube mic preamps, tube compressors, etc.
Thank you,
Ryan
While reading your gear list, I would rather go for 1 or 2 highend vocal mic and then 1 or 2 highend preamps or channel strip.
You'd be surprised how good a sm57 or sm58 sound through an highend mic pre. (Audient - ISA - Millennia - Grace Audio - Neve - UA 610 etc...)

I guess you are pretty lucky to be able to charge 40$ an hour with the gear you have. Must not have a lot of other studio around your place or home recordist.
One other thing I see reading your list is that you seem to go in many directions
(Macbook air - Dell Latitude D530, TASCAM DP32SD - TEAC A3340S Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Alesis ADAT XT)
If I were you, I'd concentrate on 1 clean recording method either go on with old tape recorders or Fully digital with a nice multi-track audio interface

Twelvepitch Fri, 01/03/2020 - 12:04
pcrecord, post: 463064, member: 46460 wrote: While reading your gear list, I would rather go for 1 or 2 highend vocal mic and then 1 or 2 highend preamps or channel strip.
You'd be surprised how good a sm57 or sm58 sound through an highend mic pre. (Audient - ISA - Millennia - Grace Audio - Neve - UA 610 etc...)

I guess you are pretty lucky to be able to charge 40$ an hour with the gear you have. Must not have a lot of other studio around your place or home recordist.
One other thing I see reading your list is that you seem to go in many directions
(Macbook air - Dell Latitude D530, TASCAM DP32SD - TEAC A3340S Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Alesis ADAT XT)
If I were you, I'd concentrate on 1 clean recording method either go on with old tape recorders or Fully digital with a nice multi-track audio interface
Absolutely no home recordists or studios around very close to my area. I use a variety of recording devices for different sounds. The TEAC is used for analog tape warmth. The TASCAM multitrack interface I sometimes use for mobile recording, the ADAT is used sometimes for recording drums, and I use it for transfers of old recordings to my Dell computer via an Alesis IO26 FireWire interface as well, so most of my recording occurs via Logic Pro X on my MacBook Air. How do you like Audient’s interfaces? I might go with that for my Mac.
Ryan

pcrecord Fri, 01/03/2020 - 12:53
Twelvepitch, post: 463065, member: 51812 wrote: How do you like Audient’s interfaces?
Of all the interfaces available what audient has is their high quality preamps.. they are said to be of same quality as those in their pro mixer series.
I wouldn't hesitate to by one. The only thing is the channel count.
I went and probably upgrade to RME because of their channel inputs and double adat inputs. I run 14 highend preamps + the 4 included in my RME FF800 which is just enough to record a full band live.
What I like about RME is that their drivers are solid and stable and their realtime mixer is stellar.
Other interesting ones are Antelope and Universal audio interfaces..

Twelvepitch Fri, 01/03/2020 - 18:21
pcrecord, post: 463066, member: 46460 wrote: Of all the interfaces available what audient has is their high quality preamps.. they are said to be of same quality as those in their pro mixer series.
I wouldn't hesitate to by one. The only thing is the channel count.
I went and probably upgrade to RME because of their channel inputs and double adat inputs. I run 14 highend preamps + the 4 included in my RME FF800 which is just enough to record a full band live.
What I like about RME is that their drivers are solid and stable and their realtime mixer is stellar.
Other interesting ones are Antelope and Universal audio interfaces..
RME is quite expensive, I might save up my money and get one. They sound good by the way you described them.
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