Aqua Marine

Posts: 3,678 Member Since:14/02/2011

#561 [url]

Apr 19 17 12:06 PM

Owlander, nice job, nice tune.
Kyle, wow nice player, so nice to see someone play an organ.
Cool jobs you guys have there!

OK it's cold here

Quote    Reply   


Gold Finger

Posts: 986 Member Since:22/02/2011

#563 [url]

Apr 20 17 10:19 PM

More mad scientist studiohacking from me: didn't video any of it, so I can only tell the tale.
You can get pretty good sound out of two SDCs by putting them up on an overhanging wall (one of those 45 degree almost-ceilings) as a PZM pair, about 20 inches apart… the wall looms right over my drumkit, but using the PZM concept it disappears, which is handy. Not every day you get a wall that also serves as drum overheads and room mics at the same time…
Extensive experimenting to get the right spacing and positioning. There will be no 'hard panning' positioning, but I'm also not going for super mono: I'm looking to get a faintly 'dummy head over headphones' effect. Looks like the correct spacing is a bit more than what you'd use for, not inter-ear distance, but circumference of head distance. There did turn out to be a placement with a good balance of 'holophonics' and center solidity. To experiment without cutting 4000 holes in blackburn lancashire I mean 'the wall', you bonk the SDC mic against the wall face-on at a slight angle, creating a small gap for sound and pressure to get in. You get lousy treble because it's not impacting the element directly, but the correct PZM effect.
Had to extend the element of the mics (only Studio Projects SDCs, though I had already modified them) because the wall's likely not deep enough to take a mic end-ways including the plug of the cable. Proved a messy procedure: taking apart the actual elements so soldering heat wouldn't just melt the diapragms, discovering that one I'd obviously fooled with before and put back in with the frail spacer ring all screwed up… mic worked, but volume was reduced and obviously it failed to be a matched pair (or really any good—no wonder I was having trouble with it). Cannibalized a cardioid element from the same Studio Projects set, stole an intact diaphragm/spacer, stuck it into the omni. Discovered I wasn't tightening the retaining ring, and the backplate was loose and flopping around. Discovered that's what the spring inside the mic body was for: these things have intentionally loose elements, held against the spacer by the electrical contact mechanism. Bodged an acoustic foam and electrical tape spring to do that job while the element's away from the mic body. Discovered later that this cleans up some issues in the highs by damping the hell out of the inside of the element… there's also a danger of the foam deteriorating and foam dust getting into the element, good thing it's a garbage mic eh? Wired up a tiny shielded cable to extend the head of each mic, wondering if it'll do interesting things to the mic to have this little capacitance in there. Replaced a 470pf ceramic cap that passed the whole signal to the first transistor, with a 470 pf polystyrene. Tested mics, worked but had some hum. Shielded 'em with aluminum foil, held against the body with vinyl electrical tape again. Tested again, found the highs considerably better but without a proper infinite baffle on the omnis they got no bass. That must wait until they're mounted in (and flush with) the wall, then it'll be fine…
All in all, a pretty busy night. I just mention it because working with condenser mic element parts was unusually tricky, and I'm pleased I got out of it with a matched pair of bizarre homebrew PZM mics. That's actually more than I had when I started, because I didn't know one of my mic elements was screwed up when I started work this evening…

Chris Johnson, airwindows.com

Last Edited By: chrisj Apr 20 17 10:23 PM. Edited 1 time.

Quote    Reply   


Platinum Blonde

Posts: 2,323 Member Since:29/01/2011

#566 [url]

May 8 17 4:14 PM

yeah that was really great, thanks for sharing. when he was messing around on piano and said "imagine if i had a drummer with me" i had literally just been thinking "i wish i was jamming with this dude right now".



Quote    Reply   



Posts: 240 Member Since:04/02/2011

#567 [url]

May 11 17 12:46 PM

injured ear wrote:
I work on this show a few times a month. In case you're not a fan of the show... I don't blame you.
Anyway, I handled the broadcast music mix on this performance. Live to tape. No fixes, no remixes.

Sounds great

Quote    Reply   


Gold Finger

Posts: 393 Member Since:01/02/2011

#568 [url]

May 18 17 11:51 PM

I'm closing in on a project that's been going on (back-burner stuff between "serious" sessions) for almost a decade. Just a bunch of 50-60 something guys who've been pro/semi-pro musicians for several decades.
The rotating roster of musicians was basically whoever was in the room at the time. We've managed to get the basic tracks and most o'dubs for 12 songs down now, so I'm starting to mix. As I started pulling up the various tunes for review, I noticed (as did the main writer/singer/guitarist) that there were a lot of pairs of songs that seemed to be of the same style/genre, so rather than make an album out of the whole mess, we could release singles. As in 7" 45s. So here is my 1st attempt:


Any comments or advice would be appreciated, as I'm not well versed in the logistics of vinyl singles in today's world.

Quote    Reply   


Aqua Marine

Posts: 2,876 Member Since:29/01/2011

#571 [url]

chance wrote:

berolzheimer wrote:
Here's a little something I recorded & mixed, released yesterday:
(thanks to Ken Goerres for the mastering)


All in one day? (only kidding)

All tracked in one day, along with 4 other tunes (one of which is the logo at the front of the video).  
I probably spent about a day & a half or maybe 2 editing takes & mixing (this one song).
More to come soon!

EDIT: No, wait, I mis-remembered.  One day tracking drums-bass-guitar-piano, and a second day doing horns & vocals.
it's all a blur...

Last Edited By: berolzheimer . Edited 1 time.

Quote    Reply   
Add Reply

Quick Reply

bbcode help