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Re: My latest lovely journey with external PSUs

Thankfully, at least when you buy something with an external PSU, that PSU is always clearly marked and identifiable as belonging to the relevant item...

Not.
by Sam InglisTue Jun 11, 2024 2:08 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: My latest lovely journey with external PSUs Replies: 70 Views: 2288

Re: Greatest mixes of all time that use no EQ...

Neil Young's album On The Beach was recorded by Al Schmitt. Reportedly Young insisted on releasing the initial rough mixes and wouldn't allow Schmitt to mix it properly, which is why it doesn't have his name on it. So I guess that might be a case where no EQ was used, although who knows.
by Sam InglisThu Jun 06, 2024 9:18 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Greatest mixes of all time that use no EQ... Replies: 38 Views: 1239

Re: Greatest mixes of all time that use no EQ...

Aja would seem to be a bad example here. Al Schmitt did not record most of it and Bill Schnee who did states that he did use the console EQ on the drums during tracking.
by Sam InglisWed Jun 05, 2024 9:02 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Greatest mixes of all time that use no EQ... Replies: 38 Views: 1239

Re: Motu MOTU 24 AO and MOTU 24 AI

Sadly PreSonus have discontinued the Quantum 4848, which I think was the most cost-effective way to get 24 line-level I/O. I think one reason why there are very few such interfaces around is that Thunderbolt is kind of dead except at the high end, and on USB, nearly all manufacturers are using the X...
by Sam InglisSat May 25, 2024 8:26 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Motu MOTU 24 AO and MOTU 24 AI Replies: 8 Views: 841

Re: Recording a band in a garage

I've done quite a bit of this type of recording and my experience is roughly as follows: (1) Guitar spill onto drum mics often sounds great. Drum spill onto guitar mics usually doesn't. So turn the amps up, if you're using them, and don't worry too much about guitar spill from the PA if that's the a...
by Sam InglisThu May 23, 2024 2:01 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Recording a band in a garage Replies: 11 Views: 839

Re: Which one to buy: Sennheisers HD600 or Beyerdynamic DT 880pro

I would definitely recommend taking a look at the HD490, they are excellent. Neumann NDH30 and Shure SRH1840 are my other favourites in that sort of price bracket.
by Sam InglisTue May 21, 2024 1:38 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Which one to buy: Sennheisers HD600 or Beyerdynamic DT 880pro Replies: 7 Views: 397

Re: SSL Pure Drive

I'm not sure there are any current Neve products that are direct competitors to the PureDrives really. The most affordable of the many 1073s on offer nowadays is the 500-series version, which is nearly as expensive as the PureDrive Quad even without the chassis, and only gives you one channel. At th...
by Sam InglisSun May 12, 2024 11:04 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: SSL Pure Drive Replies: 12 Views: 1038

Re: Bloom review

I've been using Bloom a lot since I got it, and I still think it's very impressive. It's not one of those plug-ins you try out while writing a review and then forget about when the next thing comes along. For some reason I seem to get a lot of multitracks to mix that have problematic or badly record...
by Sam InglisSun May 12, 2024 10:21 am
Forum: Feedback Topic: Bloom review Replies: 6 Views: 344

Re: Saturation Plugins

Big fan of SoundToys' Decapitator and Radiator. I also use Softube's Harmonics a lot, and I have just discovered their Focusing Equalizer which is perfect on some things. For more subtle stuff, Acustica Taupe, Arturia Pre-73, Slate VTM, Softube Tape, Overloud Gem Tapedesk. Goodhertz' Tupe can be ver...
by Sam InglisFri May 03, 2024 8:18 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Saturation Plugins Replies: 21 Views: 1020

Re: (How) Do you use reverb/depth?

I almost never think about 'depth' as a factor in mixing. I don't often use reverb with the aim of making things sound more distant, either. For me, reverb is a tool for filling out the sound and making it bigger. I'll often use a ton of reverb on a snare drum, for example, but the aim is to make th...
by Sam InglisMon Apr 29, 2024 6:08 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: (How) Do you use reverb/depth? Replies: 24 Views: 596

Re: How do I achieve spacious sound like this?, mixing mono or stereo recorded sources?

I must say that "natural" and "lifelike" aren't really the adjectives that come to mind when I hear those tracks. It sounds nothing like a band playing in a room. Everything is presented as very close up to the listener, and the width of stereo sources like the vibes and drum kit...
by Sam InglisFri Apr 19, 2024 12:00 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: How do I achieve spacious sound like this?, mixing mono or stereo recorded sources? Replies: 13 Views: 962

Re: Pro Tools first advice

dbfs wrote: Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:34 am Pro Tools is clunky

I'm curious to know why you say Pro Tools is clunky? I've used most of the DAWs on the market and I have never found anything that comes close to it for multitrack audio editing. I also love that you can do pretty much everything in one window.
by Sam InglisWed Apr 10, 2024 12:22 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Pro Tools first advice Replies: 9 Views: 277

Re: Pro Tools Normalize Plugin for True Peak Setting?

It's probably just force of habit, but I prefer the clip gain approach over having gain controls on the channels, because the settings are reflected in the waveform display. With a well recorded multitrack you can often get a pretty decent balance by eye adjusting the clip gain settings until the pa...
by Sam InglisMon Mar 25, 2024 11:36 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Pro Tools Normalize Plugin for True Peak Setting? Replies: 21 Views: 692

Re: Pro Tools Normalize Plugin for True Peak Setting?

Pro Tools doesn't have a gain control as such, but it does have multiple ways of achieving the same thing. You can adjust clip gain on a per-clip level, or you could insert a Trim plug-in on the first insert point in every channel.
by Sam InglisSun Mar 24, 2024 2:06 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Pro Tools Normalize Plugin for True Peak Setting? Replies: 21 Views: 692

Re: Mixing assistance for an album

Sorry OP, but you've invented a new genre of music Really, no. Black metal has been around for at least forty years. And if you listen to the OP's references you'll hear that his track belongs squarely in the genre that they are in. It is perfectly on point as regards the music and the choice of so...
by Sam InglisWed Mar 20, 2024 7:30 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Mixing assistance for an album Replies: 33 Views: 946

Re: Mixing assistance for an album

IMO some of the earlier comments fail to take into account the genre you're aiming for. For me things generally sound OK for the genre, but there's some sort of resonance in the bass register that's probably eating a lot of headroom and making it all too mushy for real impact. So first of all I wou...
by Sam InglisTue Mar 19, 2024 4:01 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Mixing assistance for an album Replies: 33 Views: 946

Re: Mixing assistance for an album

I think it's hard to know how successful this mix is without having a clear idea of what you're aiming for. Some extreme metal is deliberately very lo-fi. Some is crystal clear and beautifully mixed. This track is somewhere in the middle at the moment. What bands are you referencing? My comments mig...
by Sam InglisTue Mar 19, 2024 1:32 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Mixing assistance for an album Replies: 33 Views: 946

Re: EQ Before Tracking?

Also just to say, that 12th fret advice for acoustics is a good starting point but have you tried some more radical positioning? I was surprised recently when an engineer mic’d up my guitar (which has a fair bit of low mid) with an LDC about a metre away at between one and two o’clock from where I ...
by Sam InglisFri Mar 15, 2024 2:49 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: EQ Before Tracking? Replies: 16 Views: 542

Re: Mix Revision Workflow Question

Personally, I do a Save As for each revision so that a new DAW file is created, but all referencing the original audio. Then, if I give the client version 8 and they say "Actually, I preferred the snare reverb from version 6," I'll use the Import Session Data feature in Pro Tools to import...
by Sam InglisWed Mar 13, 2024 7:59 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Mix Revision Workflow Question Replies: 10 Views: 338

Re: The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread, chapter two: A New Beginning

In case anyone's interested, here is the key: A: Audix PDX720 B: Shure SM7dB (used as an active mic in this case) C: Earthworks ETHOS D: Warm Audio WA-87 E: Universal Audio SC-1 with Hemisphere plug-in modelling Neumann U87 F: Neumann U87 (original, not the current U87Ai) G: AKG C414B-ULS H: Univers...
by Sam InglisTue Mar 12, 2024 7:41 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread, chapter two: A New Beginning Replies: 22 Views: 789

Mix Rescue oops

Mike Senior has just emailed me to point out that the main audio examples in the March issue's Mix Rescue article were mislabelled. This is entirely my fault! The remix and the original mix somehow got swapped around. D'oh. Hopefully we can correct this soon, but in the meantime it should be clear f...
by Sam InglisTue Mar 12, 2024 5:25 pm
Forum: Feedback Topic: Mix Rescue oops Replies: 1 Views: 134

Re: Zoom L-12 ~ Help!

Have you selected fader layer A? If the Master button is still illuminated then your fader moves only relate to the master fader layer.
by Sam InglisSat Mar 09, 2024 9:20 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Zoom L-12 ~ Help! Replies: 40 Views: 685

Re: The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread, chapter two: A New Beginning

I agree that the ribbon mics picked up too much room sound. As I said in the OP I wanted to get a balanced sound without too much proximity effect so had them quite distant from Drew. But perhaps it would have been better to have them closer and use a low cut. FWIW my own preferences were the same a...
by Sam InglisFri Mar 08, 2024 8:24 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread, chapter two: A New Beginning Replies: 22 Views: 789

The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread, chapter two: A New Beginning

I am sure that many of you have been waiting with breathless anticipation for developments in the saga of Drew's vocal mic. Well, here it is. The first post in Drew's own thread includes a link to a Soundcloud playlist with examples from his own collection of mics. On Sunday he made the trek over to...
by Sam InglisWed Mar 06, 2024 6:34 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread, chapter two: A New Beginning Replies: 22 Views: 789

Re: How to choose a mic?

I applaud you for exploring what can be done with one mic before jumping in and trying to combine different mics! It's one of those cases where the cure can be worse than the disease. Having said that, if you want the best of both worlds, a single-point stereo mic can be a good option for recording ...
by Sam InglisFri Mar 01, 2024 5:06 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: How to choose a mic? Replies: 12 Views: 424

Re: Drum Tracking Studio (Cambs)

Seconding Matt's recommendation. The remodelled live room at Half Ton sounds fantastic. They have a nice house kit as well if you need it.
by Sam InglisMon Feb 19, 2024 11:34 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Drum Tracking Studio (Cambs) Replies: 4 Views: 189

Re: Sennheiser MKH 8030

Does the 8030 have a truly symmetrical response at the low end? I seem to remember one of the (possibly theoretical) advantages of the MKH30 is that some rivals like the Schoeps figure-8 capsule exhibit different front and back responses at LF?
by Sam InglisThu Feb 15, 2024 10:28 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Sennheiser MKH 8030 Replies: 59 Views: 1849

Re: The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread

The subjective level varies a bit between them. On the headphones I have here, my favourites are #1 and #8. Would guess that #7 is the ribbon mic, and I think that would also work OK with some EQ and a pop shield.
by Sam InglisSat Feb 10, 2024 5:29 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: The 'Help Drew pick a different mic' thread Replies: 137 Views: 2553

Re: Have a huge room. Need studio building advice!

Sounds like the space has a lot of potential! Can I ask what the existing floor is made of? If it's concrete, cement or similar, then fitting a floating floor usually offers little benefit either for isolation or acoustic treatment. You're better off keeping it as is and using that part of the budge...
by Sam InglisTue Feb 06, 2024 7:40 am
Forum: DIY Electronics + Studio Design Topic: Have a huge room. Need studio building advice! Replies: 19 Views: 671

Re: De-essing - good reference tracks?

zenguitar wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 12:26 pm
Looking forward to Sam posting about his tetanus jab in The Ailment Thread :thumbup:

Andy :beamup:

Too busy enjoying my post-NAMM bout of Covid at the moment...
by Sam InglisMon Feb 05, 2024 12:41 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: De-essing - good reference tracks? Replies: 54 Views: 1141