The weird gear we love

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Eraserfish, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Eraserfish

    Eraserfish Active Member

    Sep 12, 2012
    Hey all I just wanted to start a fun thread about some of the more off the wall gear we've used in the past and got great results from. Could be old pro stuff or whatever, but I'm constantly rigging stuff up to get different sounds or try something new to get new sounds in my recordings. I recently found some stuff on ebay and a had a great time getting some really cool acoustic guitar sounds. I'm in afghanistan for a year so I came over hear with almost nothing and I'm just rounding up whatever and recording every day. First I got a cheap AT 3035 (i believe it's Kurt Foster who recommends these for under 100$) and it's a great little clean mic and actually has some warmth. I sent that into a Joe meek 3q that i also got for next to nothing on ebay, which actually really surprised me (the compressor is clean and the pre adds some character). I was using this to record acoustic guitars for a clean sound, but also used the same setup and then some tape distortion from a Retro transformer plugin in my DAW (reason 7) on solo parts giving out the flavor of an old archtop guitar running through some tubes. I like making acoustic guitars sound like distorted electric guitars and I've been doing it for years. Just have to eq out some of the boominess, but something about the slower attack that just does something cool and gives these thick melody lines. I like to detune acoustic guitars and use them for bass lines as well, especially like now when I don't have a bass guitar with me. Throw on a low pass filter and you have an improvised bass that sounds "woody" for lack of a better expression.

    So what are your favorite pieces of gear that you may have used or misused for the purpose of experimentation or creativity?? Come on, we've all sat around either high or just bored and said "I wonder what it would sound like if I ran this vocal through blah blah blah".
  2. DSPDiva

    DSPDiva Active Member

    Sep 19, 2013
    Miami, FL
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    That's cool. You get pretty crafty when you have limited resources. I've run my two bus into a single channel Distressor, had to do the left channel first, then the right. That's not how you're supposed to do it, but I did what I wanted it to do. The next time I did the same thing running it through a Chandler Germanium preamp. I'm sure that screws up all the panning or something, but it sounded cool. Now I just stick to sending mono things to my mono pieces of gear.
  3. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    Man, I've got an attic full of stuff that I use as my "bank" whenever I'm looking for ideas.
    I've got everything from Rockmans to ancient and terrible sounding Yamaha keyboards (70's), I think I still have a working Tascam Porta One four track machine somewhere, along with a '75 Peavey Musician Series head.

    I guess I would be classified as an audio hoarder. LOL

    "I'm not throwing that out!"
    "But you haven't used it in 30 years!"
    "That's not the point!"

  4. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    Aug 26, 2010
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    me two!

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