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    Red face Im bored to death!

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    When is the Tascam board comming back up?

    Im sitting here wishing my 312 would show up and find out it just got shipped today. Man I was looking forward to playing with it this long weekend.

    Also i would like to know what all you Analog guys are using for effects. Are you using digital stuff or sticking to Analog stuff?

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    I use a mix of both analog and digital outboard effects.

    I have an (uggg!) Alesis 3630 analog stereo compressor

    An analog BBE2002 sonic maximizer

    An analog Rolls stereo 1/3 octave eq

    A digital Yamaha REV500 reverb/effects processor.

    I know, I hear you snickering out there! But, hey! It works for me.

    Cheers!

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    If it works thats all that matters.

    For now all I have is a Fostex spring reverb, fostex graghic eq
    And a Alesis nanoverb, I dont know how it sounds on anything cause i only used it for reverb for vocals in the head phones when i used digital recording.
    I need a descent compressor, Thinking about the rnc unit but i want to get the noise reduction units for my 38 first.
    There is a pair of units on ebay now but I think the guy is a little high on the price.

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    I'm not OFFICIALY in the Reel to Reel game yet, but I'm a certified analog 4-tracker... All I have is a Symetrix CL-150 compressor (Mono ) that I bought for two clams at a yard sale and like you, a Nano-Verb.

    I've done some pretty cool guitar by first recording a fairly clean guitar track then at mix down going Tape cue out > Nano (Rotary cab effect) and back into > a spare channel (Then pan and sink it under the clean guitar) The rotary guitar doubled under the clean track was awesome! (Like a subliminal organ bed while the clean guitar was out front.)

    Live playing I only use reverb.

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    Digital Effects

    Alesis Midifex
    Alesis Midiverb II
    Alesis Midiverb 4
    Alesis Quadraverb
    Yamaha SPX90

    Analog

    Yamaha GC2020 comp/limiter
    BBE 422 Sonic Maximizer
    Alesis M-EQ 30 1/3 octave eq
    Tascam PE-20 parametric eq
    Various Boss and Ibanez guitar pedals

    I use the Midifex mostly for guitar. The Quadraverb is on my keyboard mixer (Great Leslie effect). Midiverb II and SPX90 are generally used for drums and vocals. I havenít had the Midiverb 4 very long so it hasnít really found its place yet.

    I canít say enough about the Midiverb II for a good general reverb. The SPX90 is either loved or hated by anyone who uses them. Iíve had this one since about 1986 and still keep discovering cool things to do with it.

    Tim
    Last edited by Beck; 08-28-2003 at 23:25.

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    Hey Beck what town are you in?

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    Arrow Well, honestly, I haven't recorded anything in the longest time!

    And even then, I'm not in the practice of using any recoding efx, at all. My last recording was sans-efx, with the exception of the "Roadkill Distortion" pedal on guitars, [re: Moonage Daydream].

    Beyond that, I have at my disposal, in no particular order:

    -Fostex 3070 dual compressor
    -Fostex 3180 dual reverb
    -Fostex 3050 digital delay
    -Yamaha R100, 1/2-rack sized digital delay/reverb
    -Tascam PE-40, 4-band/4-channel fully parametric EQ
    -Tascam GE-20, dual 10-band graphic EQ

    ... all of which I never seem to use, but they're there, in the studio, ready to go, if I need them!

    I have a small assortment of guitar pedals and the Boss BE-5 multi effects, plus the BE-5B multi-efx for bass.

    ALL THAT GREAT GEAR, and I seldom use effects!

    Anyway, I flat-out just have to record MORE, period! I can always pick up the instruments and practice, plink around really, but it seems to take a BIG push of inspiration for me to get any recording production underway,... and I have to change that!

    I need to be recording all the time! I'll probably start small, on the Portastudio again. That, or the wonderous 388, is as convenient as the Portastudio, less portability.

    Anyway,... what was the topic?

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    I dont think there really is a topic.
    I know what you mean RR about getting goning on a recording.
    I dont know how you did all those songs on Dave Mania.

    I am just starting to try and record and play on a song of just myself but growing up as a just a drummer the othere instruments com hard to me and I have to pick something that is easy. And even then I have a real hard time getting my guitar to sound good through the amp i have, Not sure if its the guitar or the amp but it just sounds bad.
    I started a song last week and then decided to wait till the new board gets here so I can give it a work out.

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    Arrow Well, you've heard the legend,...

    That the original 'Davemania' was began as a vehicle to showcase my latest, most recent tunes, at the time being "Listen to My Heart" and "Love Me Do", both done on the 388, BTW, and also based on some conversations I had going on with dtb and others, re: recording. At some point, I believe hlblyhpy said, [para], "Well Dave, you're talking all technical to us, but do you have any recorded examples of what you're talking about?". And, so began the collating of tunes, from the most recent ones, back through the archives, and it somehow ballooned up to 3-cds. Point being, here, that the 3-cd "Off White Album" -[Davemania 3-cd set], was collated from recordings spanning over many years. It only seems like a lot of recording, when you sit down & listen to it in one sitting. Ha.

    THEN, on the other side of this POINT, is that there was a FOURTH full length CD, which I DID record in a very short amount of time, and it was 28 songs in 4-tracks, in appx 7 weeks, and that still remains as a 'record' for me. Ha-, pun. Anyway, there WAS a sudden kick of inspiration that got me on that project, and it was that Joey Ramone had just DIED. I was quite traumatized, that, & also being the really eerie feeling that the most previous tune I had just finished WAS the Ramones' "Listen to My Heart". THAT just kicked me into a frenzy, recording the BULK of the 'Ramones Tribute Sessions' of 2001. Well, THAT, in itself, is a HUGE amount of recording, but as I said, I was INSPIRED, and I didn't stop until I had it ALL out of me!

    Okay, moving on, I also am doing the multi-instrumental approach, and I think it's the best way to go, BTW, and the only way to go if you don't have any people to jam with. Ha.

    Anyway, I feel best on rythm guitar, bass, and 'chordal' piano, of which I think I play pretty well. But, I think overall I labor most over DRUMS. That's LIVE drums onto TRACKS. So, we all struggle with the different aspects of production, when we're a one-man-band, don't we?

    Anyway, what is today's PRE-PRODUCTION, is tomorrow's MESS OF WIRES! [And you heard it here, first!/DA]

    Bottom line: I just gotta record more, if not for 'experimental' purposes. I gotta run tape more on my loose 'jams', FWIW, and see if there's anything worth salvaging in there, HA!

    Anyway, [more], I enjoy playing and especially recording, and I just do to little of it, lately, and I mean to change that!

    I'll probaby just plink around, informally, & ramp up on production a bit, until some more inspiration hits me, for the big, all-out production.

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    Well, with the labour day weekend approaching, I intend to spend all of it in the studio.

    I am working on an older tune that I wrote 18 years ago and we are off to good start on it with the drums, bass, rhythm guitar and vocals laid down.

    I posted a working mix of it in the clinic here and got a few good ideas of how to spruce it up and that's what I will be working on.

    I know all about the slump feeling of not recording and I feel like crap when I don't use it and the stuff just sits there collecting dust.

    When I am recording and getting half decent results, it inspires me to continue and getting feedback on the mixes here, helps the urge more by hearing what others are doing and wanting to feel like I am active and productive.

    We can collect gear till there's no room to breath but, at some point, you have to say to yourself, I got this stuff to use it. Not just to look at it.

    So, put up a reel, get out your guitar hit record and see what happens. Some magnetic magic could be right around the corner!

    Cheers!

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