Pics From YOUR Studio

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mrbwnstn, Jul 10, 2008.

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  1. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    EDIT: This was originally a thread about tracking The Gorgeous Hussies. However, I think it'd be cool to see all of your pics from your studio. Please post pics from your studio or from a tracking session you've participated in and share with everyone else. I'd love to see them!

    ~ mrbwnstn


    Hey everyone,
    I haven't been around here in awhile but I wanted to share some pics from the studio during my recent project. These are all pictures from recording The Gorgeous Hussies new album.

    A cool pic of the mics we're using on the drums in the studio right now...


    4 – Sennheiser MD421
    Sennheiser 602
    Shure Beta 52
    EV RE20
    Shure SM7
    2 - AKG C414BULS (modified)
    AKG C461B
    2 - Neuman TLM103 (matched)
    2 – Neuman KM184 (matched)
    RODE NT2
    2 – Blue Kiwi (matched)
    Blue Woodpecker
    Blue Blueberry

    Not shown: Audix D6 and an ass load of SM57s
  2. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    Some more pics with the mics in action during tracking this weekend. The pics are kinda dark and sucky, but yeah...






  3. mhutch

    mhutch Guest

    There's a lot of mics on that there drum kit. I guess more is more after all! How did it turn out?
  4. Greener

    Greener Guest

    The mirror.
    Kind of like having one in a hotel room on the roof. But you're staying the night by yourself...

    Starts with M.

  5. Halifaxsoundguy

    Halifaxsoundguy Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Halifax, NS Canada
    I see you had an adventure in fort-building around the bass drum.
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I think there's another inch or two of space you could squeeze another drum mic in... ;-)

    How do you like those Kiwis? I've been looking into a set.
  7. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    Yep, we had access to a lot of cool mics. We put up as many overheads as we did so we’d have options later depending on the song. The album is fairly eclectic in terms of style so we wanted an assortment of spatial options. Some turned out better than others. The Kiwis were alright but generally too bright. We set the Neumanns up in a "recorderman" set-up. However, we had some phasing issues with them and their image is just meh. The Blue Woodpecker, however, is fabulous! I wish we had a pair of those for overheads. I wouldn't need anything else. And the AKG C414's as room mics are really cool.

    The tunnel (or fort as someone refered to it) in front of the kick worked out great. Just used some baffeling and blankets to get seperation. The kick ended up sounding great.

    Our biggest failure, however, was using the Shure SM7 on the primary snare. While we were testing mics we liked it because it got a big beefy sound. However, it lacks that mid-high crack you get out of a 57. So we're having issues on some of our bigger rock songs trying to get a good tone on it. However, some of the more mellow tracks it got some good tone.

    We have some rough, unmixed tracks I can post later if anyone is interested so you can get an idea of the raw tones.
  8. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    This is when we were trying to decide on the right combo of mics to mic the bass cabs...


    We ended up using a D112 on the 10" cone, a D6 on the 15" and also sending a direct line via an Alesis U5.
  9. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA

    Good info on the Kiwis.

    I definitely have no beef with throwing everything AND the kitchen sink at a drum kit just to find out what works.

    I'll be interested to hear the tracks - especially (maybe asking too much) if you could post them in stems?? All tracks indexed to 0 with say all over heads on unique stereo tracks, all snare/tom mics on their own tracks, etc?

    I know, it's asking a lot, but it might be fun to listen to and then play around with...even if it's only like a 20 second clip or so.
  10. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    Not sure if I have enough time to do all that. But I'll see if I can't bounce down a couple different mixes using the different overheads this weekend if I get some time. (We're on a time crunch. We have to finish tracking this album before August 2nd. I won't even tell you when we started.)
  11. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    More pics recording upright bass...

    This is John the bassist for The Gorgeous Hussies ( )

    An Octava MK-012 wrapped in foam and crammed down in the bridge combo'd with a Audio-Technica AE3000. Got a pretty clear, thumpy sound.


  12. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    What? All of those microphones and you never considered putting a 421 on the snare drum?? You must've gone to Full Sale? Are you stupid? It's just the world's greatest snare drum microphone and you haven't figured this out yet? It's that stupid American thing where people are supposed to want choices. You have too many choices. That's like wearing 5 pairs of underpants simultaneously. Simply because you never know when you might have a truly aggressive fart? Not trying to be demeaning or demoralizing but honestly now. Phasing issues? No? Really? Gate out of here!

    I'm gating out of here!
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  13. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    Thanks for joining the thread. You're a real peach.
  14. rockstardave

    rockstardave Active Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    HAH!! this picture cracks me up!
  15. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    I just uploaded a few of the unmixed tracks from these sessions here:
  16. sshack

    sshack Active Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Nice sounding stuff man! Good songs and sweet sounding demo.
    What board/pres are being used?

  17. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    Thanks! :)

    On the kit we used Focusrite ISA 428's, a DBX 386 Dual-Vacuum, and a few tracks ran through the 003's pres.

    On all other instruments we've been primarly using the DBX 386 as well as the pres on a Allen & Heath board, depending on the song.
  18. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    Tracking guitar...

  19. sshack

    sshack Active Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Thanks for the pics...Bad Cats are sweet amps!
  20. mrbwnstn

    mrbwnstn Guest

    I concure. That's a Cub II. Gets a really chimey clean sound. Didn't like it as much for distorted stuff.

    We ended up swaping out the black face Twin with an older silver face twin seen here...


    Oh yeah, you were asking about pres... we also had our hands on a Neve Portico 5012 for a few weeks. Got a pretty cherry sound.

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