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Your biggest revelation/game-changer/purchase in 2010?
Old 30th December 2010
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Hardware - Focal twin 6be - helped me take my mixes to another level

Software - Wave CLA compressors - Finally ITB compressors that I never tire of
Old 30th December 2010
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best tip: turning down volume when mixing
best product: Slate Trigger
Old 30th December 2010
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What was one technique/trick/tip/solution you learned this year that felt like an epiphany or game-changer to your work?
Keep as much dynamics in your electronic drums transients as possible. This way your mixes start sounding much more pro than before, because other sounds have much more room to breathe.

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What was one piece of gear that made the most noticeable difference in your sound/workflow this year?
2 x Genelec 8250A.

Those made the mentioned dynamics thing possible, since now I actually could hear clearly what I was doing. (I also treated my room acoustically)
Old 30th December 2010
  #34
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Best gear purchase: Sound Skulptor STS tape simulator kit. Enabled me to mix FOH at a nice and low 97dB rms, but it sounds almost like 105dB. Good to save your ears a bit sometimes, and yes it sounds pretty awesome on the master of our digital console. Everytime i turn it off, i immediately turn it back on. Subtle sometimes, but very nice.
Old 30th December 2010
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What was one piece of gear that made the most noticeable difference in your sound/workflow this year?
Great British Spring reverb... finally found a reverb in my price range that I absolutely love the sound of

Duesenberg Imperial guitar... plays like a dream, looks fantastic, is remarkably versatile... the finest guitar I've ever owned and I picked it up new for less than 50% of the RRP...
Old 30th December 2010
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Hummm.... biggest game changer??. That might be a non recording gear thing but still studio related. A couple old Japanese toms I got off Craigslist. Best recording drums I've ever owned, period!!

For more recording gear/software related stuff, that would be some new BOOTSY plugs. They have been game changing as far my mixes go.
Last year it was the FRM RNLA..... funny, the big game changers for me have been either really cheap, or free heh

Revelations..... One BIG one was that, an old SM7 can get great lead vocs as well as any fancy LDC.....better in some casesheh
Old 30th December 2010
  #37
Game changing???..a hard drive
Old 30th December 2010
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UAD A800
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Old 30th December 2010
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Hardware: Westlakes BBSM 12, U-47, Studer Desk 692
Software: Slate FG-X,

Happy New Year !!!heh
Old 31st December 2010
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Best tip? Turning off the computer screen and using my ears.

THERE YA GO.
Old 31st December 2010
  #41
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- Moog Voyager + a bunch of moogerfoogers & the Big Briar Theremin. Oh man..

- Custom Arius Blaze delay and some other weird FX-boxes just keep on giving that extra edge when needed, couldn't live without them now.

- A pile of RMG SM900 tapes for the Studer C37. I'm never mixing down to HD again.
Old 31st December 2010
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Game changing???..a hard drive


this made me chuckle
Old 31st December 2010
  #43
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My biggest revelation?

Yesterday I listened to some old songs I wrote and recorded back in the mid 90s. This was before I knew about the existence of compression.

Back then, I recorded everything straight into my Aardvark Q10, careful to watch the levels and make sure I didn't clip. I mixed to get the basic balance and then went track by track and drew in automation here and there when various tracks got too loud or too low relative to my basic mix. I didn't know any better so that's how I thought it was done.

No mix bus compression. No track compression.

These songs randomly came up in my ipod on shuffle and I noticed how big, open and clear my songs were then compared to now!

I just realized that using high end compressors and compressing on the way in, compressing tracks and compressing the bus have made my recordings sound worse now then when I just recorded straight in and drew automation.
And I was using a relatively low end converter compared to what we have these days.

I need to seriously rethink everything and try remixing some of my current stuff my old way and compare the results...

Regards,
Frank
Old 31st December 2010
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Trying a Fane AXA12 with my '65 Gemini I
Old 31st December 2010
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What was one technique/trick/tip/solution you learned this year that felt like an epiphany or game-changer to your work?

a CD



...no, not a Compact Disc, I mean a Certificate Of Deposit! Short-term vehicles for saving cash so that when I have a windfall I don't blow it on more gear, but rather have it available for fallow times. It was like a lightbulb going off: "Duh! You mean I don't have to starve in 6 months, or sell off that awesome mic preamp that I just bought last Thursday?"



What was one piece of gear that made the most noticeable difference in your sound/workflow this year?

Having all of my guitars and basses setup by a pro.
Old 6th January 2011
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Just thought of another revelation I've had this past year... I needed to stop gutting all the low-mids from my mixes. tutt
Old 6th January 2011
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moving from ptLE to PTHD2, tossing the oo2 and getting an aurora 16ch ad>da, and getting the UAD2 quad omni card with 35 plug ins.....

those 3 things changed everything here at our studio this year.

mixing ITB is a dream now, and it sounds bad ass, huge noticeable audio improvement over the old pt converters and LE.

now that we have HD there are a few producers/engineers in town anxious to come up here and book some time!
Old 11th January 2011
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2010

Best gear purchase...that's easy. Barefoot MM27s. Mixes suddenly did not need a "morning after" listen. They leave with confidence.

Technique? Mixing at lower levels. Amazing!!!
Old 11th January 2011
  #49
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Harbeth Monitor 30s. Suddenly, I can hear EXACTLY what the hell is actually going on in that darn 80-250 Hz area for the first time.

PT9. Yeah I know, but finally free at last to use PT with my Metric Halo gear at higher sample rates without that awful 002. A Godsend!
Old 11th January 2011
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Best techniques:

Gain staging ITB

parallel compression

output lead voc to a bus, put all effects on the bus and ride the vocal fader into the bus' compresser instead of automating after the compressor

Best purchase: Focusrite Saffire Pro 40
Old 11th January 2011
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Things I learned that improved my production in 2010.

- Using a mono overhead. Still pan spot mics, and use stereo rooms, but this really opened up the sides for high end from guitars and vocals and percussion.

- Understanding my mics more so I can get the most out of my limited means.

- Finally using EQ during tracking seemed to make this sound less processed than ITB eq.

- Learning to use compression to make things pop, not flatten.
Old 11th January 2011
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Re-doing my studio's acoustic--dry, diffuse, good RFZ, controlled bass. It's like I can hear for the first time.

-R
Old 12th January 2011
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2010 Epiphany:

No amount of gear is as good as ....(drum roll).............. a good room! always knew it was important but 2010 showed me the hard way that it outweighs just about everything when recording & mixing.

(sorry not really what gearslutz like to hear, myself included )
Old 12th January 2011
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^^^

Agreed. Finally got around to treating my bands jam space, and the first time we demoed my drums had never sounded better. All I had on the kit was kick, snare, and recorder man sdc's! Sweet revelation
Old 12th January 2011
  #55
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Soundtoys

a very good year....
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