Critique My Chain

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by MrPhaSe, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. MrPhaSe

    MrPhaSe Active Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Since i started posting here more frequently, i've been begining to feel more comfortable w/ what i need and why i need it. Thanks to most of the mods here and everyone else.
    Soooo i hope u will all take a look at this humble signal chain, maybe add you're 2 cents?
    Everything is appreciated

    Tascam Hs-8 Recorder
    Product: HS-8 | TASCAM

    Avalon AD2044 Compressor
    Avalon Compressors, AD2044 Specs & Details

    Neve 1073 Preamp (2)

    Neumann U87 Microphone
    Georg Neumann GmbH - Products/Current Microphones/U87 Ai/Description

    I will be recording Vocals and Upright Piano with the Neumann 99% of the time...

    I will also be tracking out of an MPC 4000/ASR 10

    W/ this set up i wont be doing any serious orchestra recording or anything.
    Just simple tracking... Then dumping to pro tools for mixing.

    Missing anything what do you guys think?

    You might be wondering why i need two 1073 preamps.. Well thats for the (L) and (R) outputs from the MPC... Also if i decide to get another u87 so i can record both sides of the piano.. Same reason for the 2 channel compressor
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Thats some good stuff there. My question is why would you be looking at an 8 channel recorder if you're only going to capture 2 tracks at a time and dump to PT? Unless you have an interface of some sort to bring more than two tracks in analog at a time it seems redundant.

    I am interested in hearing this medium though. This is the new generation flash recorder isnt it?

    Your chain will record anything you want into any medium you choose at a very high level of detail and realism as well as a large soundfield with width and depth like few others. It is completely reliable and professional. I'm sure others will give you their opinions on the mic choice and even may suggest a pair of SDC's for the piano. A U87 will do the job quite well thank you.

    I was also wondering if you are going to be syncing tracks from the Tascam with the Akai sampler? What would you be using to sync these two with?
  3. MrPhaSe

    MrPhaSe Active Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    Thank you for your response and critique.. As far as using the MPC with the tascam..
    My instrumentals usually contain about 16 core tracks before adding the extra things that "dress up" the track(reverse cymbals, sprinkles, extra hi hats and that sort of thing)
    So i figure I'd record each track seperately into the tascam... Then Dump it to pro tools, rather than re record it with an interface...

    For example Say i have a beat made with the mpc... Theres 16 pads on the mpc, meaning theres 16 possible sounds you can put into each of your beats.
    So lets say pads 1-6=Kick(2), Snare(2), Hi hat(2).. and so on..
    I figure i'll lay 8 tracks at a time, and mix them all as seperate wav files in pro tools. To mix it down later... Ya follow me?
  4. MrPhaSe

    MrPhaSe Active Member

    Nov 5, 2008
    AND the MPC has optional 8 outputs so that could mean capturing 8 track at a time smoke
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    I will suggest two mics on a vertical. A U87 works great on a grand but I don't know a good single point on vertical.
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    There is nothing humble about your setup. It's awesome! And purchasing those new 1073's is as close as you can come to the originals. Better still, they're new so no intermittents, 100% reliability, brand-new capacitors. Killer! Brother you've got it right. Screw the second 87 and get yourself a pair of 184's.

    Smart smart smart!
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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