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Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

Thanks for the comments. I appreciate your candour. Regarding your advice about asking a good lawyer - I am a good lawyer! Well OK. You're not sounding like a lawyer. But we'll let that pass. If we're being frank, in this field, you've just proved you aren't a good lawyer, you're a rather dangerous...
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 12, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

For reasons that I have explained to Hugh Robjons in a personal message, I have taken the decision to close my question. I have gained a few possible information leads from the suggestions that I have received, and accordingly thank the members of the forum for their time and participation. You und...
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 12, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: depreciation, who's the main offender?

Yeah. First-generation electronic INSTRUMENTS sometimes attract continuing interest. But first-generation recording gear gets quickly superceded (and, generally, rightly so :-) Since reading an article in Tape Op where a youngster drools over an Akai 4000DS (well, it's ANALOGUE, ennit?) I'm holding ...
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 12, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: depreciation, who's the main offender? Replies: 31 Views: 4101

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

if as you say, the recording machines only have mono outputs, then to improve intelligibility, and provide a copy for the defense, it might be that the sensible option is to record 4 passes , one track at a time, into a DAW of some sort, align the tracks for start time , and perhaps edit occasional...
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 12, 2010 11:44 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

Are you sure you shouldn't really be asking "How can I tell if this material has been edited?"? The fact that it has a mono source but has been distributed on a 2-track format seems something of a red herring.
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 12, 2010 9:46 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

What spatial differences? As I (maybe) understand it, 4 mics are recorded onto 4 tracks. If there WERE a method of dubbing to a stereo mix, maybe the 4 channels would be pan-potted to 4 different locations between fully L and fully R. This would be a sensible idea, and might increase intelligibility...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 11, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

What is the usual procedure for making a mix-down from this 4-track recorder? You've told us there is a mono headphone output and a "PA output" (I'm not too clear what this is?). Obviously any copy for outside listening would be made to a 2-track medium, because there is no mono format in ...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 11, 2010 5:26 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

I had hoped that someone on this forum might know that one thing that could not be concealed if making a mono stepped-down four track tape back to a stereo tape. Would it ever have been stereo? The 4 tracks could have been mixed down to 2. But unless they were recorded from mics pointing at the sam...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 11, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

Unfortunately, most questions of this sort lead back to someone who has become obsessed with the feeling that he's been cheated, confuses people he MIGHT have consulted with those he actually HAS consulted, and hasn't actually suffered any quantifiable loss other than to his pride. You say your oppo...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 11, 2010 1:54 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: DI Box - which one

A lot of the point in putting a guitar amp in the recording chain is to get the characteristic sound of amp AND speaker - i.e. putting a mic in front of a combo amp. DI from just the amplifier is another option. What equipment you need depends on what facilities the amp offers. An advanced one might...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 11, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: DI Box - which one Replies: 8 Views: 3020

Re: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo

No I am not a forensics professional. I have used such individuals in the past, but have been disappointed with the result. Forensic work appears to be political. That was why I purchased software and had a go for myself. I have had some success. Political? Are you sure that doesn't mean, "The...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 11, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Forensic Determination of Pseudo Stereo Replies: 90 Views: 27K

Re: Classical vocal sound - ala Katherin Jenkins

I'm not sure T-racks has much to offer this kind of recording. Don't offer her reverb, ask what sort of space she'd like to be placed in. Did your eq on the voice "to make it sit with the piano" involve cutting any mid-range frequencies? In a live recording, with good musicians, the pianis...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 11, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Classical vocal sound - ala Katherin Jenkins Replies: 13 Views: 3014

Re: WHICH STUDIO CHAIR???

If I have 9 hour sessions day after day I tend to concentrate on things other than posture and would slump somewhat if left to my own devices. I'm afraid the answer to this is "well, don't do that then" rather than "slump all you like, but in a £500 chair". What do you do when y...
by Exalted WombatWed Apr 07, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: WHICH STUDIO CHAIR??? Replies: 19 Views: 19K

Re: WHICH STUDIO CHAIR???

Unless the main object is to spend money, get a simple backless wooden stool and sit up straight. Or maybe a piano stool with its adjustable height. I think all the complicated systems of "support" are BS. My osteopath friend agrees :-)
by Exalted WombatWed Apr 07, 2010 12:27 am
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: WHICH STUDIO CHAIR??? Replies: 19 Views: 19K

Re: Quick Questions about AD/DA Conversion

Once you get above a certain (quite inexpensive) level, there's very little to choose between one A>D converter and another. The market WANTS a high-priced option, and manufacturers are only too happy to oblige! But you should throw money at just about every other part of the recording chain before ...
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 05, 2010 4:09 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Quick Questions about AD/DA Conversion Replies: 11 Views: 4766

Re: Varied/changing volume levels through mastering, across a whole album, used for artistic purposes?

Wouldn't it really be all about the composition, performance and original mix? Your instruction to the mastering engineer would be "don't do any mastering!".
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 05, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Varied/changing volume levels through mastering, across a whole album, used for artistic purposes? Replies: 17 Views: 5355

Re: Varied/changing volume levels through mastering, across a whole album, used for artistic purposes?

I offered this kind of idea up for thought with a band I was in once, stating the example of Andy Kaufman who placed TV interference in his show to get everyone out of their armchairs to bang the set...genius!My tune built to a large crescendo and I wondered if we could start the tune at a lower vo...
by Exalted WombatMon Apr 05, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Varied/changing volume levels through mastering, across a whole album, used for artistic purposes? Replies: 17 Views: 5355

Re: DI Box... Any recommendations?

"Speaker input of the big amp" is a misprint. Amps don't have speaker inputs. "Used to adjust the output level" should be "used to adjust TO the output level (of the device feeding into the box)" It's a fairly standard DI box. It can accept a range of input levels, from...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 04, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: DI Box... Any recommendations? Replies: 44 Views: 14K

Re: DI Box... Any recommendations?

San07 wrote:
but i really really want somebody to answer me on my concerns above, please?

Remind us? Wasn't it all about mistakes in the German version of the manual?
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 04, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: DI Box... Any recommendations? Replies: 44 Views: 14K

Re: DI Box... Any recommendations?

San07 wrote:no,

looking at this one

http://www.palmer-germany.com/files/pdi09_forweb.pdf

Bad translation or misprint there, I think.
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 04, 2010 6:38 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: DI Box... Any recommendations? Replies: 44 Views: 14K

Re: Varied/changing volume levels through mastering, across a whole album, used for artistic purposes?

It would probably just make the over-compressed tracks sound even MORE like [ ****** ]! (edited) What fun! This board automatically censors the mildest explitives! I wonder if I can say crap? Ernie Ball strings are popular in Scunthorpe - did that get through? :-) Anyone else sad enough to play Farm...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 04, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Varied/changing volume levels through mastering, across a whole album, used for artistic purposes? Replies: 17 Views: 5355

Re: DI Box... Any recommendations?

Are you looking at the manual at: http://www.palmergear.com/images/manuals/pdi09.pdf ? I think you're mis-quoting. "The PDI-09 is more than just an alternative to a microphone. Suggestions such as hooking up your distortion pedal or pedal board direct using the PDI-09 can lead to exciting new d...
by Exalted WombatSun Apr 04, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: DI Box... Any recommendations? Replies: 44 Views: 14K

Re: QUAD 405-2

There's loads here: http://www.quad405.com/ including the original owners' manuals. (It suggests that the 405 has the 4-DIN socket, the 405-2 had phonos, but no matter.) In my youth, European gear had DIN, British often offered phono AND DIN. The original DIN standard was electrically different to w...
by Exalted WombatSat Apr 03, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: QUAD 405-2 Replies: 18 Views: 8927

Re: Retail therapy - any suggestions?

Yeah, those eggs are great! I must admit to buying a FEW new things recently - I replaced my Acme Nightingale (the bottom of the can had rusted off - the new one's all plastic so should last for ever) and my Acme Duck Call ('cos it was nicked). But I'll certainly investigate your suggestion! You rai...
by Exalted WombatFri Apr 02, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Retail therapy - any suggestions? Replies: 17 Views: 6346

Retail therapy - any suggestions?

It's coming to the end of the tax year, if I'm going to buy anything, now's the time. But I'm completely out of gear-lust! I'm equipped to do what I can realistically do at home, and have been for several years. My biggest outlay on gear this year so far has beem a £30 headphone distribution amp (be...
by Exalted WombatFri Apr 02, 2010 12:01 pm
Forum: Mixing | Mastering | Post Production Topic: Retail therapy - any suggestions? Replies: 17 Views: 6346

Re: PC or Mac? whats better for music?

A Non O Miss wrote:Pepsi or Coke.....SURPRISE!!!

Is one of those much more expensive and heavily promoted as the luxury brand? I personally dislike both types of sugary water.
by Exalted WombatThu Apr 01, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: PC or Mac? whats better for music? Replies: 145 Views: 35K

Re: PC or Mac? whats better for music?

Okay well a replacement keyboard direct from apple is £29... doesn't seem too bad really. Maybe next time when one of your novice apple owning friends is about to spend £250 on a dvd replacement, tell them to type it into google so they can get it all done for £100. I'd definitely do that for my fr...
by Exalted WombatThu Apr 01, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: Windows Music Topic: PC or Mac? whats better for music? Replies: 145 Views: 35K

Re: Focusrite Saffire 24DSP vs Steinberg MR816x?

Given my personal experience with many Firewire interfaces [ RME Fireface, Saffire 26 i/o, and the Lexicon Ionic FW recently ] I have to say the MR816 has been a treat. Worthy of the investment on many levels IMHO. Tim The Fireface is the only one of those I know well. What didn't you like about it?
by Exalted WombatThu Apr 01, 2010 12:17 pm
Forum: Recording: Gear + Techniques Topic: Focusrite Saffire 24DSP vs Steinberg MR816x? Replies: 34 Views: 9563