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Old 5th April 2010
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Point taken, but I wonder if the current supplied through that APC is particularly noisy? We all know that electrical noise can be a Big Deal for digital gear like converters, what effect does it have on the computer itself?
In my experience of building PCs for 2.5 years and having had 9 machines running simultaneously running benmarks on outlets, extension chords, APC UPs and monster power conditioners I would say no difference at all to the computer unless there is asignificant electrical problem in the place where you have your machine set up.
Not particularly scientific I know but there was no real difference between any of the machines on any different kind of outlet.
Old 5th April 2010
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Not particularly scientific I know but there was no real difference between any of the machines on any different kind of outlet.
I was thinking more of the integrity of the audio, not the performance of the PC, but you're right, if I remember correctly once the audio is in the digital domain it's pretty tough to harm it. It's when the conversion is taking place that it's at the highest risk. Another reason why internal PCI-based interfaces are a bad idea IMO. Analog audio should never exist anywhere inside a computer case where there could be any number of nasties waiting to destroy it.
Old 5th April 2010
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yo guys, a few people mentioning cable testers.

What ones do you have? its somthing im not really educated on but know that i probably need one.

Cheers
Behringer CT100
Old 5th April 2010
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An NS10 style sub kick mic (mine cost about £5 to make), SM57, gas soldering iron, switch cleaner.thumbsup
Old 5th April 2010
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Haha nice! And I thought I was pretty good at craigslist bargain-scoring. I salute you, sir


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...oh yeah...those assorted eBay/Craigslist bargain goodies (some are "gadgets", others just good useable gear) that you stumble upon...mine include:

Ashly CL-52E Compressor $59 (used)
Art Dual Levelar Compressor $56 (used)
Symetrix 501 Compressor $60 (used)
Symetrix 522 Dual Compressor $71 (used)
DBX 242 Orbin Designed EQ $98 (used)
Aphex 107 Dual Preamp $75 (used)
Rolls RA53B 5 output Heaphone Amp $49 (used)
Frontier Tranzport Controller $99 (used)
Shure Unidyne 548S Dynamic Mic $52 (used)
Beyer Soundstar M400 Dynamic Mic $60 (used)
Equation RP-21 Headphones $39 (new in box!)
Gator Dual Layer Nylon Pop Screen $19 (new in box)
On Stage Clamp-on Mic Arm (for mounting 2 mics on one stand) $13 (new)
GLS ES58 & ES57 (Shure SM58 & SM57 clones) $29 (new in box)
Apex 205 Ribbon Mic $98 (new in box)
Rane MS1B Preamp $75 (used)
Alesis NanoVerb $50 (used
MXL V67G Condenser Mic $70 (used)
Behringer ECM8000 Measurement Mic $35 (used)
Logitech Trackman Marble Trackball $8 (refurbished - bought 3!)
Steinberg Cubase/Nuendo Keyboard Stickers $5 (new)
Nady PCL-800 Power Conditioner $39 (new in box)
Auralex MoPads $39 (new in box)
Heavy Duty Movers Blankets $12 (new)
Universal Microphone Shockmount $27 (new)
Universal Microphone Shockmount w/Popscreen $37 (new)

...and those are just the ones I can recall...
Old 5th April 2010
  #36
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Cool Must have gadgets

My indespensable Fluke Multi-meter & Original Victorinox Swiss Army Knife.

(And a cool lava lamp?)
Old 6th April 2010
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Boss TU-2 tuner
Unidyne III 57s and 77s

Love em, need em, use em
Old 6th April 2010
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Old 6th April 2010
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Moleskine japanese Notebook to log your recordings: YouTube - Japanese Moleskine #3

Use one side of the accordion to take notes while tracking, you can use 4 pages per song and fit a whole album on there. Write down the awesome take numbers and ideas on there, as well as gear settings and mics used (I usually take pictures of the knobs and mic setups and write them down later).

When it comes to mixing, use the back side of the accordion and add your notes there. I like listening to the songs with the DAW closed (blinking lights and fader positions distract you from really listening) and write down TODOs on the notebook. Something like: "Vocals too dynamic during second verse, make drums louder in the last chorus".

Get another regular Moleskine notebook for your gear experiences and write down things like: Mic A works great on the 10th fret of a dark acoustic guitar, together with Mic B on the bridge in Room X. Make drawings of the mic positions (and settings) and cabling too. I have detailed info about every mic I have, including the problematic frequencies (headbasket resonance) and how to fix them. If you found out something new in terms of recording or mixing technique, write it down in this book. It's easy to forget how you got "that awesome" sound and knowing you have it written down keeps you focused.

Moleskines are built to last, just keep it in the mic locker or on the mixing board, in the desk drawer.
Old 7th April 2010
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I make my own cables, so +1 more for soldering iron, plug ends and mic cable (and flux, yes FLUX and of course the humble thin wire solder). In fact... +1, +1, +1 !!! Without a doubt, the most important thing I have done for myself over the years to save money and acquire EXACTLY what I needed was to make my own balanced cables and mic cables. How else will you get decent insert cables than to make your own, the correct length for your needs?

PADs!! No one mentioned them Home studio, condenser is too sensitive for the source--PAD. I have a pair, I do not use them all the time, but when I need them, there is no substitute.

+1 for stands. I have short, medium and tall booms. I have 'Claws' for drums--mostly for live work, but they are useful for the studio for scratch tracks, anyway.

Pink insulation--sound proofing your space, and the pieces of plywood (and black paint heh that go wth it)---big deal. Really.

HEADPHONE AMP!!! Oh yes, there is nothing so important when tracking than the head phone amp. Okay, other things are important too, but you have to admit, headphone amp: big deal.

K-Micro mics from Karma Audio. (okay--I have on my asbestos suit--flame me) They are way affordable and so very small and useful for weird/ odd placement and certainly useful for scratch tracks. I paid $40.00 for a stereo pair.... or something like that.

Nady RSM5--- $80.00 new!!! If you are lucky enough to get one with an intact ribbon (i.e. not sagging) then you are set. If you do not mind spending another $50.00 (???--I think that's what I paid ) for a Cinemag tranny AND you bought yourself the soldering iron, flux and solder... you can upgrade that puppy. so I guess this is a two-parter,.
Old 7th April 2010
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Seeing tuners mentioned, I recommend checking out the new TCElectronics PolyTuner. $99.99

Sweet device - see the videos on their website.
Old 7th April 2010
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Cables congas capos and cow bells
Old 14th May 2010
  #43
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get tips!! please keep um coming!
Old 14th May 2010
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MoPAD

A simple must.
Old 14th May 2010
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Hey ! Good thread idea !

Here are my 2 cents :
Masking tape and pencils
Guitar strings…
Paper note pad
Gaffa tape
9V pedal power supply, batteries don't last, sometimes…
…and of course all the necessary tools needed for guitars, cables and so on…
Old 15th May 2010
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A really good mic stand, guitar stands, music stands, and a small tool kit.
Old 15th May 2010
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spring reverb!
Old 15th May 2010
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dbx 163x. nasty crunchy and cheap! love itthumbsup
Old 15th May 2010
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A really good mic stand, guitar stands, music stands, and a small tool kit.
+1 on music stand!
Old 16th May 2010
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did anyone mention the triton audio fethead yet? that seems like it would be pretty useful for ribbons and some dynamics (sm7)
Old 16th May 2010
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$100.00 bill for coke straw
Old 16th May 2010
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$100.00 bill for coke straw
hehheh
Old 16th May 2010
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1) Alesis Nanoverb $35. used, like new.
2) Alesis 3630 2 channel compressor $99. new.
3) BBE MaxCom 2 channel compressor $99. new.
4) SM57, naturally. Don't buy the criticism. $89. new.
5) Sears Craftsman model #82139 multi meter $35. new.. it walks, it talks, it gives good head..AND it measures capacitance!
6) New cables. Prices vary.
7) Beheringer active DI box. $30.
Old 16th May 2010
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Orange MicroCrush (love that thing)
DIY ReAmp Box

+1 on:
FetHead
Apex 205
Stedman PS101
Good Leads
Old 16th May 2010
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It is probably (um, definitely) some kind of pathology for me, the under a hundred dollar thing, but here's a few of my favorites from my outfit:
EV RE17 $19
Sony MXP-210 $50
Lexicon MPX 500 $40
And the other day a dinged up (like what do they call it? "relic'ed?," I mean it looks like it was made in 1947) but good sounding Latvian Blue Baby Bottle for 75 bucks (although part of the money was to go to my brother for mother's day lunch, so it's his too).


Also, I love swapping stuff, I think a previous poster got an AT3035 from me. I'll swap sometimes if someone's looking for something I have, just for the hell of it. I figure we're all in this together.

So I guess a couple hundred cash on hand is a good gadget to have.






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Originally Posted by kidvybes View Post
...oh yeah...those assorted eBay/Craigslist bargain goodies (some are "gadgets", others just good useable gear) that you stumble upon...mine include:

Ashly CL-52E Compressor $59 (used)
Art Dual Levelar Compressor $56 (used)
Symetrix 501 Compressor $60 (used)
Symetrix 522 Dual Compressor $71 (used)
DBX 242 Orbin Designed EQ $98 (used)
Aphex 107 Dual Preamp $75 (used)
Rolls RA53B 5 output Heaphone Amp $49 (used)
Frontier Tranzport Controller $99 (used)
Shure Unidyne 548S Dynamic Mic $52 (used)
Beyer Soundstar M400 Dynamic Mic $60 (used)
Equation RP-21 Headphones $39 (new in box!)
Gator Dual Layer Nylon Pop Screen $19 (new in box)
On Stage Clamp-on Mic Arm (for mounting 2 mics on one stand) $13 (new)
GLS ES58 & ES57 (Shure SM58 & SM57 clones) $29 (new in box)
Apex 205 Ribbon Mic $98 (new in box)
Rane MS1B Preamp $75 (used)
Alesis NanoVerb $50 (used
MXL V67G Condenser Mic $70 (used)
Behringer ECM8000 Measurement Mic $35 (used)
Logitech Trackman Marble Trackball $8 (refurbished - bought 3!)
Steinberg Cubase/Nuendo Keyboard Stickers $5 (new)
Nady PCL-800 Power Conditioner $39 (new in box)
Auralex MoPads $39 (new in box)
Heavy Duty Movers Blankets $12 (new)
Universal Microphone Shockmount $27 (new)
Universal Microphone Shockmount w/Popscreen $37 (new)

...and those are just the ones I can recall...
Old 20th June 2010
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mxl v57m, nos tubes for a mic pre, bl-40 modulimiter (was a gift), dbx 164 (christmas present 2005), rack rails, a little samson headphone amp for mobile recording, black and decker power screwdriver (comes in handy for moving my free compressors around 9 in 1 cable tester...... OH and a beer holder/ tray that clips on a mic stand ha!
Old 20th June 2010
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A stocked liquor cabinet
Old 20th June 2010
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OH and a beer holder/ tray that clips on a mic stand ha!
Yes please
Old 21st June 2010
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Tell me, is the speed dial as useful as i think it it is? I'd like to use it with Cubase 5.

Thanks in advance.
Old 21st June 2010
  #60
New Discoveries (I couldn't live without):
Triton BigAmp
Triton FetHead Filter
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