Thursday, January 29, 2009

Getting ready to record vocals?

i thought i'd throw this email i wrote for a friend up:

i remember one day at a studio i did time in, a rapper that shall remain nameless came in and wanted to record a demo. So we put his instrumental CD on channel 1 of a Mackie 16-channel board and played that back and a Shure SM58 on channel 2 so he could spot. We EQ'd it just right and sent the output of the two channels to a DAT machine. He also recorded this demo in a room full of people and he was sitting down on a couch with the mic in his hand.
Dood had a nice voice but didn't have a nice flow.

surprisingly, for a demo, and through a pair of studio standard monitors it sounded pretty good, with no bleed from surrounding ambient noise.

it was that easy back in the day.

now, there are SO MANY choices in mics and how to record vocals and so many opinions.

here's one opinion that I value...

regardless of what mic you use and regardless of what physical location you are in...use a nice mic pre and stay away from software emulations. this advice was given to me from someone who will also remain nameless but knows his stuff in and around a studio.

i used to really like these two mics:

the AKG 3000B and 1000CS

the AKG's I thought were great but something about them has changed since they moved production to foreign lands...

the Solution? A Mic PRE AMP - this enables tweaking of a Mics character which is different than changing EQ frequencies which is also useful to do as well but in post-production.

here are some mic pres i think are worth our time.
remember that buying a 2000 to 3000 is probably not a good idea when on a budget. instead, RENT! RENT! RENT! you can get them from $150 for a weekend.

this is something fairly common in the game:

for more classic sounding things i hear great things about this:

manley is also classic:

and if you want to record your vocals for commercial radio like KISS FM and Power 106? rent a Neve:

i think i'm going to invest in one of these though...

as for mics?

mics are really really depends on so many things.
a lot of people are telling me i should get one of these"
spend more and get

but if you're really on a budget??????

any price mic is going to sound totally different with a quality pre-amp.
even a shure sm58 will sound fantastic through a very high quality pre.

have fun!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Focusrite wants to get it right get it tight

So I did a gig a few weeks back with a crew that also does a Beat Swap Meet aka vinyl rummage sale at a spot in Chinatown. Dude was convincing me to go and shop for records. I was convincing that i'd rather buy gear. Since SSL came out, my vinyl collection is taking up space and i'd rather spend my loot on hardware of the analog type. Focusrite just doesn't want me buying a 3K tlefunken or Neve pre.

Akai has finally figured out that...

Ableton Live has replaced the MPC

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Beat Thang de BeatKangz

* 16 track sequencer
* Over 3000 fully editable sounds and 500 Pre-programmed Beats
* Onboard sampling and re-sampling
* XLR/Line input
* 8 sound per pad controls for tone, pan, volume, cutoff y resonance
* Rechargeable Battery operated and long lasting
* USB and 2 SD slots
* Editing of pitch and modulation
* On board effects: reverb, delay, filters and more
* 256MB of RAM
* Upgradeable grills by Jakob the Jeweler

I want to know if it's made in the US even though it was designed in Nashville.

pro tools for DJing?


it's just TORQ + Pro Tools = bundled products

TORQ Conectiv Vinyl / CD Pack
Pro Tools M-Powered software
Trigger Finger
Studiophile Q40
iZotope RX

i'm drooling

Via the Ableton Live forums

LINN DRUM II has some competition

Sunday, January 11, 2009

if you put drum and bass in your friend google

you get:

a couple videos:

and now my own break beat made mainly of waldorf pulse sounds, some delay, some reverb, and some compression too:

oh yeah it's "essentially a funk beat sped up"

Saturday, January 10, 2009

This seriously frightens me

Imagine having a mixer automate your fades of the same track...kinda like when DJ Chopps did his juggling routine @ ITF. Now do it in ableton live.

Archaeopteryx: Doc Ock, Version 0.2 from giles goat boy on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Whilst the Economy Melts...

I'll be eating OATMEAL

The VST game is hot right now and the one that I'll be chomping on will be Oatmeal:

Download it and support!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy '09

pMa, rafi_B, Novation SL, KP3, and Ableton Live

well, it's another year. I'm a bit behind schedule with my new project but i'm enjoying the new tools i've been able to find and i'm still exploring electronic music. this is definitely the year though.

just wanted to wish everyone a great new year!