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Old 25th March 2009
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El Cheapo!

Im sure that some of you have a fave piece of gear that is just downright cheap...but for some reason,you just cant live without it
To your ears it just imparts that "certain something" that you just cant put your finger on.
So what would that cheap ass piece of gear be??
Old 25th March 2009
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I'd say my reflexion filter. If it's alowed to talk about plugins: hydratone, my fav harmonic distortion plugin itb (but a cpu hog + no very stable).
Old 25th March 2009 | Show parent
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The good old SM57 and new guitar strings!
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blueline compressor. The BOMB on chorus vocal buss. Have yet to find anything else that does the trick like that thing.

Cost: free
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Originally Posted by chris carter View Post
blueline compressor. The BOMB on chorus vocal buss. Have yet to find anything else that does the trick like that thing.

Cost: free
what is that?
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dbx 160x

and my Roland SP404 or 303, "vinyl sim" compression is amazing
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I got my ears for pretty cheap!

But seriously my little old Teac 1/4 inch analog tape machine is just so dirty and crusty that it does add "a special something" to whatever I put through it. Fun for tape delay as well.
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like 90% of the stuff I use qualifies...lol.
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akai mpc 1000

can be had used for like 500 bucks in LA because everyone thinks they can "make beats" if they have one haha
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Aphex 651 is soooo solid for the price you can get it for. I love it! I also have and old school Boss DE-200 delay unit that's the sh*t! Got that for $40 on ebay last year.
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Symetrix CL-150 (poor man's distressor?)
Sansamp Bass Driver

There's two I just used today.
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Behringer headphone amp...

artist: Turn me up in the headphones

me: No, turn yaself up.
Old 26th March 2009 | Show parent
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Hmmm... It would have to be some plugins that I have.

URS Saturation and Strip Pro...
Old 26th March 2009 | Show parent
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what is that?
It's an old, discontinued VST plugin. It's really horrible on most things, and reacts unpredictably on most things. But for chorus vocals, it's the sh!t.

digilogue Homepage
Old 26th March 2009 | Show parent
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FMR Really Nice Compressor. Going strong for over 10 years for only $169
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My choice will be my AKG mic without it I can not pratice anything.
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My Kaoss Pads, 2 and 3.
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My Carvin CM130 that I picked up on 48th Street in '85 for a $150.
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Auditronics PEQ-82

SM57

Foam earplugs.
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Roland MMP2 - The swiss army knife of low (or no) budget pre-amps.
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behringer virtualizer pro i like to use it on my synths
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roland mc-505.
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Fender Strat
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Squier vintage mod Jazz bass! she got stank.
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My most el cheapo item is my Alesis Wedge reverb...which has some really cheap efx and one interesting one called "Motown"
I got it for sixty hard earned bucks including the power supply.
Its one cheap mufukka!!
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An SM57 and SM58. Gets a lot of use in the composing process when I need to pick up weird sounds.

Also I'm pretty much in love with the stock compressor plug-in, the delay designer, tape delay and conv. reverb in Logic Pro 8. Ok, I'm pretty much in love with the stock plug-ins in Logic Pro 8 in general.. I'd happily do an entire project with those just for the heck of it. heh

(not that I'm displeased with my bundles from Waves, Sonnox and Ohmforce, but they're just not "that" cheap)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rhodesp04 View Post
akai mpc 1000

can be had used for like 500 bucks in LA because everyone thinks they can "make beats" if they have one haha
yup. ebay/craigslist will have em for like $450 too if you're crafty.

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roland mc-505.
yup again! ebay...$250. i was programming sounds the other day when i was bored on that thing. glitchtip: you can get some wild wave-table scanning **** going on if you spin the wheel while you're on the wave select screen AND playing keys at the same time. i've been sampling that / chopping it for resequencing.
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Originally Posted by cynic View Post
yup. ebay/craigslist will have em for like $450 too if you're crafty.



yup again! ebay...$250. i was programming sounds the other day when i was bored on that thing. glitchtip: you can get some wild wave-table scanning **** going on if you spin the wheel while you're on the wave select screen AND playing keys at the same time. i've been sampling that / chopping it for resequencing.
My dbx 163x.

Got mine for 45 bucks 3 years ago and they ain't cheap no mo. But I can't live without it.

I use it for vocals, bass, drums and to keep the dbx 263x (75 bucks) company.


10 dollar plastic take up reel for my 1/4" 2 track machine. It would be pretty useless without it LOL.

The free reel of Ampex 456 that came with my Tascam 38, I use it everyday, there was some cool **** on the reel (mixdowns from some conscious LA hip hop group and some metal tracked in someone's house) but i taped over it. Sorry!


Peace
Illumination
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Marshall V57 Condensor - Mogami Edition. 100bucks

Just can't seem to get rid of that piece of ****. It has a big dent in the windguard and an off-white paint stain. I still use it when I'm somehow seperated from the rest of my mic collection (as if I have a choice in such cases) and it does the job VERY well...
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