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13th September 2012
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Tame Impala home studio gear ID

Hey, came across a few photos of Kevin Parker in his home studio. I'm wondering if anyone can ID some of the recording equipment laying around. Particularly the large stack of stuff you can see in both photos. Already familiar with the synths and such, just wondering about the recording equipment.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2...o1_r1_1280.jpg
http://www.spinningtopmusic.com/site...-_25.07.12.jpg

BTW, Lonerism is incredible, as well as his girlfriend's album that he recorded and mixed, Melody's Echo Chamber. Sounds like a hybrid of Tame Impala with Broadcast. Both highly recommended once they finally come out.

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Pretty sure I recognize one of the things in the stack is a Chandler TG2 preamp. If anyone else can spot any of it I'd love to hear!
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Dunno, cant see the racks clearly. I heard that he used a standalone Boss digital multitracker on the first album. I seem to remember some shots showing a Distressor or two.
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The only reason I'd want to know what gear Lame Impala was using would be so I know what to avoid. Terrible 'band'...
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The only reason I'd want to know what gear Lame Impala was using would be so I know what to avoid. Terrible 'band'...
Wow, you added so much to this thread, thank you so much for your input.
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If they have all that gear, why do they only use a spring reverb set to 100% wet on everything when they play live?... Seriously, you heard them? A friend was really pumped to go see them on Saturday. He left ten mins in because they sound like a wash of reverb and weird chanting when playing live. I really don't understand how these guys have made any sort of success... Beats me.. Anywho, I can't help but vent when I hear their name. Apologies for the trolling... As you were...
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i haven't seen them live yet but that sucks if they do that

i used to really loath them because that first album just sounded like a cream cover band, but this new album is pretty fun
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i haven't seen them live yet but that sucks if they do that

i used to really loath them because that first album just sounded like a cream cover band, but this new album is pretty fun
i thought the same about the first album (cream cover band) and the same about the new album (very good production and ideas, veeeeeeeery psychadelic). i like you ;-)
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Never seen them live, but they have some awesome recordings. I guess that's why I don't go to that many concerts anymore.
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That is just untrue about the live sound, I've seen them at a show Yuck was opening for them. I was there to see Yuck and then Tame Impala came on and was just awesome! That was two years ago and i'm going again Nov. 8th so i'll report back,m but I can tel lyou that two years ago they ruled. As far as them sounding like a cream cover band, I hear the influence. I think they have more of a Lennon sound and the band The Nazz that Todd Rungren was in as well as Todd's solo stuff. Very Late 60's melodies and drumming with a new psych sound. They're one of the best new bands i've heard in the past five years.
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Compared with a lot of alternative music today, Tame Impala sounds fresh even if they go for the end-sixties psychedelica sound. What a strange idiosyncrasy.
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So what are those giant monitors in his spot?
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Been listening to this album a lot lately.
The drums are pretty intriguing. Some of it sounds like samples (the snare on elephant), some effects like flanger and phaser here and there.
By the looks of these pictures it doesn't look like a full size kit in that room.
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That is just untrue about the live sound, I've seen them at a show Yuck was opening for them. I was there to see Yuck and then Tame Impala came on and was just awesome! That was two years ago and i'm going again Nov. 8th so i'll report back,m but I can tel lyou that two years ago they ruled. As far as them sounding like a cream cover band, I hear the influence. I think they have more of a Lennon sound and the band The Nazz that Todd Rungren was in as well as Todd's solo stuff. Very Late 60's melodies and drumming with a new psych sound. They're one of the best new bands i've heard in the past five years.
Man, them and Yuck would have been rad..
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i thought the same about the first album (cream cover band) and the same about the new album (very good production and ideas, veeeeeeeery psychadelic). i like you ;-)
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This record is Dope! I'm really loving the melodies and vibey sound. There's def a space echo I see in the photo but you can hear it all through the record too Love how he's got a 57 on the kik. There's songs on the album that I just keep listening to over and over and it hasn't gotten old yet, good sign. Just a guy in his room with some good ideas/production, couple miks, couple pres and some great tunes. Best record of the year so far in my opinion. I know on Innerspeaker he used a digital 8trk and this time he used Pro Tools. I was surprised to hear about him and Fridmann using Auto Tune and Elastic Audio but hey, either way its a solid record.
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At the top of that rack is a Sony SRA-3 preamp. Lonerism is absolutely fantastic! Can't stop listening. 'it feeeels like we only go backwards......"
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If they have all that gear, why do they only use a spring reverb set to 100% wet on everything when they play live?
It's not a spring reverb .. It's a short delay with long regeneration on his voice. There are various pedals in use on the guitars .. Phaser features prominently ..
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to me a factor of it's coolness is that the synth sounds do remind me of the clockwork orange theme. nice trick.
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Any idea what mic he has pointing at the drum kit in this photo?
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Lonerism was mixed by Dave Fridmann I believe.

Otherwise, regarding the gear ID...well it seems lots of red wine was consumed during the production of this

I bet he has something behringer somewhere also,
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Any idea what mic he has pointing at the drum kit in this photo?
Youre talking about that mic pointing on the tom?

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anyone have any idea on the ride? looks like a K con stamp, but doesn't sound like any of the K cons i can find on the interweb
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While I like the songs, I can,t say I like the production
It sound kinda harsh and gravely to my ears

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i'm also very interested in tame impala's equipment... also to achieve that sound does one really need the rack gear? Or can i just record my music at home then bring it to a studio, run it through analogue equipment to give it that rich warm sound?
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This last record sounds so bad I am dazzled. I don't think Psychedelism is all distortion and cliplimiting ... Whatever this guy uses he doesn't know how to "tame" it. "Melody's Echo's chamber" album he produced sounds the same : lifeless and clipped. A curious vision of the 60's ...
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