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Rob Schnapf Condenser Microphones
Old 27th January 2010
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Don't ask about the MCI
Old 27th January 2010
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i aint wiring ****.
i just think they are inferior technology.
as in a ****ty connector.
everything i dont want in the thing that connects gear t other gear.
they are not made for lots of connecting and disconnecting.
they get finnicky at funny angels and tight spaces.
it makes **** not work.
i hate them.
and they are the standard.
Word!!! I want ELCOs on everything.... especially since I just shelled out the $200 for the crimper! DSUBs aren't too bad when you plug it once and leave it, but if you ever have to patch/re-patch they suck.

ian
Old 27th January 2010
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Word!!! I want ELCOs on everything.... especially since I just shelled out the $200 for the crimper! DSUBs aren't too bad when you plug it once and leave it, but if you ever have to patch/re-patch they suck.

ian
elcos can be tricky too.
i have three racks that i travel with and they are on elco's.
the pins get pushed in pretty easy.
and the green ones seem to get hard and crack.
Old 27th January 2010
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Gotta be careful with elco's....especially 90/120 pin ones. Must go in absolutely straight. Use that center screw like it's the law.
Old 28th January 2010
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All connectors suck to some degree, its always a comprimise. The punch-down panel on MCI 400/500 is a gift from hell!

The only reason we have connectors is to eat up our time buillding them, fixing them, reconfiguring them, talking about them, hating them... y'now, anything that keeps us from actually making music!
Old 28th January 2010
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anything that keeps us from making music , like the phone with a manager or A+R guy on it.
Old 28th January 2010
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Hey Rob,
You try one of the Overstayer comps yet? We just got a couple and they are pretty freaking cool.

Overstayer Recording Equipment - Home

Haven't tried the mic amp yet...
ian
Old 28th January 2010
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Don't ask about the MCI
ouch ..
Old 28th January 2010
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Hey Rob,
You try one of the Overstayer comps yet? We just got a couple and they are pretty freaking cool.

Overstayer Recording Equipment - Home

Haven't tried the mic amp yet...
ian

mmm nice n cheap..gotta try em
Old 28th January 2010
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Hey Rob, I just have to say, I love Saves The Day's Stay What You are, it is one of my top 5 records of all time. I love the drum tones. What did you guys record it on? What mics/pre combo was used?

Once again, amazing job on that album, it's so dynamic!
Old 29th January 2010
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Hey Rob,
You try one of the Overstayer comps yet? We just got a couple and they are pretty freaking cool.

Overstayer Recording Equipment - Home

Haven't tried the mic amp yet...
ian
ruh roh, these look like something i gotta try.
Old 31st January 2010
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Hey Rob,
You try one of the Overstayer comps yet? We just got a couple and they are pretty freaking cool.

Overstayer Recording Equipment - Home

Haven't tried the mic amp yet...
ian
in what way do you find them useful?

do they have some color to them?

do they pump and breath in a good way?
Old 5th February 2010
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on the current record
the sherman filter bank is in heavy use on both synths and bass.
prescription electronics experience pedal is getting a good bit of a work as well.
Old 5th February 2010
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How is that backward tape-like effect on the pedal? Heard clips. Seems neat.

Is it yours or on loan?
Old 5th February 2010
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Rob,

This is completely off-topic, but I thought you'd enjoy this story about how I met you on a plane about 5 years ago. Sadly, it illustrates how I'm slow to recognize people with any degree of fame...

I think it was around Thanksgiving and my wife and I were flying back from LA, where we were visiting her folks. On the way to our seats, walking through the first class cabin, a cute 30-something brunette pops up and calls to my wife, "Missy!"

I knew she had to be a friend of my wife's from elementary school or high school, since nobody calls her anything but Melissa nowadays. My wife introduced her as Monica and then they talked for a minute or two before we went to our seats.

When we sat down, my wife asked if I knew who she was talking to. "Nope," I answered. Turns out they were best friends in 6th grade and the woman was Monica Lewinsky. Strike one for me...

Later, when we were allowed to use electronic devices, I pulled out my laptop, headphones, MBox and Novation travel keyboard and started composing in Reason. Some guy sitting behind me leaned forward and asked about my set-up. We chatted for a bit about the gear and I told the guy I was writing music for my production music library. He told me he was a producer and was headed to NY to Sterling for a mastering session.

He told me his name was Rob Schnapf... and still no bells went off, even though I owned and listened frequently to all of Elliot Smith's albums and the Vines' albums. When I got off the plane several hours later, suddenly it hit me... d'oh!!

Anyway, Rob, that's how I met you 5 years ago!heh

Dan
Old 6th February 2010
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you know i vaguely remember that.
defintely remember monica lewinsky.
she had nice black hair.
and i kinda remember the keyboard rig on the plane.
Old 6th February 2010
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How is that backward tape-like effect on the pedal? Heard clips. Seems neat.

Is it yours or on loan?
its an awesome pedal.
have had it for about 10yrs.
Old 8th February 2010
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Congrats

Hey Rob just wanted to congratulate you on your Grammy win for Booker T's Potato Hole. Doug too. I still think the Kisschasy album you worked on shoulda been nominated...
Old 11th February 2010
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Hi Rob, I was wondering if you could please share some info behind the mixing of the first Foo Fighters record. What gear/techniques were used to mix and track these sessions? Was this also mixed at Robert Lang Studios as well? How did the mixing work between you and Tom Rothrock? I absolutely love this album, and I have used it several times as a reference for myself when I am mixing. Thanks so much!
Old 11th February 2010
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in what way do you find them useful?

do they have some color to them?

do they pump and breath in a good way?
Great on drum buss. That's all we've really done so far and it's been awesome. They have plenty o' color as well as cool options... the dirt switch can be fun. Sort of like the dist modes on a distressor but... more. There is a mod for variable release and it's very cool. You can get them to pump a bit, blend knob is also great... At the price its really hard to beat for a great stereo comp. When I can pry one off the drum buss, I'd like to try it on vocals and see what happens.
Old 11th February 2010
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Cool Ian.
thanks for the info.
do you have it at your place or Greg's?
love to hear it.
damn.the price looks right.
Old 11th February 2010
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Hi Rob, I was wondering if you could please share some info behind the mixing of the first Foo Fighters record. What gear/techniques were used to mix and track these sessions? Was this also mixed at Robert Lang Studios as well? How did the mixing work between you and Tom Rothrock? I absolutely love this album, and I have used it several times as a reference for myself when I am mixing. Thanks so much!
nothing that crazy.
mixed thru a demideo api (from heider 4).
and a stephens 24 tr.
we had started at robert langs but abandoned those mixes
and went down to our studio in humboldt county.
no automation was involved.
couple of 1176's a couple of 3A's.
smart on the 2 buss
and smart as a drum squisher.
eventide omnipresser was near a vocal or gtr solo.
echoplex some crappy dig verb.
done
mixed Big Me in 20 minutes.
Old 11th February 2010
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mixed thru a demideo api (from heider 4).
I got some of the modules out of that w/ the reichenbach transformers.

better than any of the old 312's I've had
Old 11th February 2010
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Cool Ian.
thanks for the info.
do you have it at your place or Greg's?
love to hear it.
damn.the price looks right.
Greg's.... gonna get one myself ASAP. Jeff T (Overstayer guy) has a version with a variable release mod, it definitely opens up the options.

ian
Old 11th February 2010
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hey rob,

just wanted to say i'm very much looking forward to the new dr. dog record. how did those sessions treat you?

-josh
Old 11th February 2010
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Thanks man! I really like the tone of the drums for that record, the amount of and tone of the room compliments the drums really well and has an awesome vibe. The guitar tone is great too, I'm assuming it's probably a ProCo rat running into a JCM800 for most of the stuff, i heard a JCM900 was also used as well as a micro Marshall amp for the fuzzy stuff. I also like how smooth the vocals are, especially with the double tracking Dave did, maybe he used like a U67 or something. Anyways, thanks again Rob, you rock!
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nothing that crazy.
mixed thru a demideo api (from heider 4).
and a stephens 24 tr.
we had started at robert langs but abandoned those mixes
and went down to our studio in humboldt county.
no automation was involved.
couple of 1176's a couple of 3A's.
smart on the 2 buss
and smart as a drum squisher.
eventide omnipresser was near a vocal or gtr solo.
echoplex some crappy dig verb.
done
mixed Big Me in 20 minutes.
Old 12th February 2010
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I got some of the modules out of that w/ the reichenbach transformers.

better than any of the old 312's I've had
i got to visit the old console before it ws laid to rest.
it was in highland park.
that was a special desk.
lots of great music was recorded on it at heiders.
very ergonomically pleasing.
i loved having the mic pres recessed in the front bolster.
and the big buss buttons.
and it had the round mound of sound.
Old 12th February 2010
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It's funny you mention the round mound.. because now the modules racked out of the console sound in fact really clear and open..better top end of any old api pre.
there must 've been a lot of stuff stuffed into that console.
the guy that curretnly has/had it, said Demedio took one look at it recently and after seeing the clusterfvck of cut wires in there told him to part the thing.
no schematics and no way to put Humpty back together again.
Old 14th February 2010
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yeah because all the summing cards were made from mic pre cards strapped differently so you were always going thru extra iron.
slowly things down a little bit and adding a little extra butter on top.
sounded particularily great on acoustic music.
ie elliott smith either/or
graham parsons greivious angel and GP.
CSN
CSNY
neil young.
etc etc

the flip side to all that sound was Fu Manchu daredevil.
Old 18th February 2010
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Greg's.... gonna get one myself ASAP. Jeff T (Overstayer guy) has a version with a variable release mod, it definitely opens up the options.

ian
hey ian

been on quite a roll with the level-ors of late.
particularily in distrotion mode.
they sound great on bass and synths.
and parallel with toms.
and direct gtrs
and........
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