Originally Posted by danly
nice song! i like your 1 mic approach too.
the federal sounds as if it's been mastered, and the no federal sounds further away.
also the federal really tightened up the snare. I like it.
I know what you mean about 'the black keys' - the vocal has distortion but it's cool and not overbearing. That is a sweet lookin box to boot.
If you don't mind sharing, what other compressor do you have that behaves similarly?
The federal tracks sound more finished for sure. Hard really to compare raw non effected tracks with ones travelling through any good compressor. I definitely wouldn't want the music to be finished raw like that. It feels a little all over the place, but I did it for the sake of having something raw to see what the federal does.
If I was smarter I would have split the signal and recorded the sources my traditional way as well, and then seen which one worked out better. As it stands I'm so used to my normal methods that I know I like the results more.
Right now I'm typically only recording a couple mics at a time. I typically go to a UBK fatso after the preamp, or perhaps an eq then the UBK fatso. Sometimes no compression on just the tapey thing. I don't hit it too hard either way. Then I go to the peavey VCL-2 and again I just kiss it for a little bit of opto magic.. Typically after that I have a fairly balanced sound and I may go through the thermionic culture vulture if I want some grit.
With that system I have so much tweakability. Different types of harmonics can be created and different amounts of presence, tone changes etc.
I think what I really need at this point is something like a really amazing sounding 1176 for instance. The really great ones add presence and most of my tools rob it just a little. I need something to add some snap back in and perhaps control it.
The federal is a good tool though. Its a bit touchy on the ratio. If you have really peaky material it tends to "nose dive" fairly easily on peaks if you don't have it set just right.