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Old 13th July 2010 | Show parent
  #31
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🎧 10 years
Thanks! I dont have 3 LDC's unfortunately, but I might pick up another one soon, so I think I can make the multi-miking work. And as for steps 2-4, I can definitely manage that, and it makes sense to do that. I'll be sure to true these out soon, she's supposed to be back over here within the month to record her solo stuff, so I'll be sure to put it all into practice. Thanks for all the tips!
Old 13th July 2010 | Show parent
  #32
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My thoughts are that you're definitely on the right track. You're recordings are pretty decent, it's just experimenting with mic techniques and then ultimately mixing & mixing & mixing & mixing; the more you do it the more you'll learn and the better you'll get.

That's the engineer bit - but also pay mind to the producer role. The vocals especially sounds like the singer was not totally comfortable, and so you need to be able to make her feel comfortable, by knowing when to push her and when to not, and how to go about doing so.

It's always a weird experience recording in a new environment (which is why I love recording at home and being my own engineer heh), no matter how confident a performer & musician you may be.

i went into a studio recently to lay down some lead guitar tracks on a bands new album. It took me a few takes to get comfortable. The engineer would often say after a take 'One more for luck!', which I know really meant 'You can do better than that!!' He just had this way of saying everything that really got the best out of me. He made me feel like I could do better, but also like I really wanted to do better. Some great takes were made that day heh
Old 13th July 2010 | Show parent
  #33
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🎧 10 years
Thanks man, I'll definitely keep that in mind. I'll try to make more of an effort to make the artist more comfortable in the future.
Old 13th July 2010
  #34
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🎧 10 years
So I hate to ask this...

Quote:
Originally Posted by uncle duncan
Scary percussion could add tension to the track: triangle, wind chimes, rattler (think rattlesnake,) squeaking a glass by rubbing a wet finger around the rim, playing a cymbal with your fingers, dragging a pick slowly on the low string of an electric guitar, plucking the strings on the other side of the bridge or tuning nut, the sound of a leaky faucet dripping... Alfred Hitchcock would be so proud.
I love it! A clinking chain works well. Get a heavy steel or iron chain about 3 feet long and lift it until it is nearly completely off the ground then lower the suspended chain down at varying speeds to get different sounds.

Creaking floor boards would do it, too.

I've heard some great creepy sounds out of bowed cymbals. Close mic'ed or even with a fishman style piezo pickup taped directly to the cymbal.
Old 14th July 2010 | Show parent
  #35
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Big improvement on the second version. Maybe you could go a little further with that.

Consider finding a good room and putting two microphones out where the "audience" would be sitting. Maybe a church/synagogue/mosque.
Old 14th July 2010 | Show parent
  #36
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🎧 10 years
Wow!

What a great eclectic piece.

I agree with Joel about playing around with the vocals to get some different spacial interest.

.....and maybe consider sneaking some other strings up under that great viola. Find a nice warm orchestral patch and play around with it.
Old 14th July 2010 | Show parent
  #37
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Unclenny ➑️

.....and maybe consider sneaking some other strings up under that great viola. Find a nice warm orchestral patch and play around with it.
Please don't. Nothing kills a good string sound like a synth patch. Double, triple, harmony parts maybe. NOT synths.
Old 15th July 2010 | Show parent
  #38
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Quote:
Originally Posted by donsolo ➑️
Please don't.
You're probably right.......makes sense.

Just reacting to what I was hearing. You never know what might work in this game, though....right?
Old 15th July 2010 | Show parent
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🎧 15 years
Autotune + Techno Beat in the background = grammy
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