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    The strokes sound

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    OK this is a very similar post to the one about fuzzy vocals but slightly different. Im looking to get a very "strokes" ish sound from vocals and guitars. Are there any techniques you guys would suggest? I have pro tools le and a fairly limited set of plugins, amplitube, t-racks, autotune, etc. nothing fancy. I have heard about sending vocals thru an amp and micing the amp, but i have no experience with it, if you could help me id appreciate it.

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    turn into the strokes; I think it may help you sound like the strokes.

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    I remember reading an article about a recording session on the Strokes. I think the singer plugged a mic directly into a small keyboard amp then the amp was mic'd back to to desk. A lot of room mic's in weird places were used also, and the drummer played with his hihats way out on the left to cut the spill into the snare mic. was really interesting, wish I had a link for you.

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    If you have the Sans Amp plug in, that's great for a slight vocal distortion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LemonTree
    I remember reading an article about a recording session on the Strokes. I think the singer plugged a mic directly into a small keyboard amp then the amp was mic'd back to to desk. A lot of room mic's in weird places were used also, and the drummer played with his hihats way out on the left to cut the spill into the snare mic. was really interesting, wish I had a link for you.

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    Here's the link-
    Interesting AND informative.

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    why anyone would want to sound like the strokes is beyond me.

    vocals - sing through any mic, into a small solid state amp, and mic that with any mic. helps to have the amp in another room or closet to avoid bleed. also helps to have a little gain on it.

    guitars -

    they sound like they were recorded direct; and processed with software. the high end on their distored tracks seems to go beyond the capabilities of a guitar speaker.

    i have done no reading on them or anything. but I can tell you that their guitars are tracked over and over again. and panned. and not natural sounding.

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    The guitars were miked with Sennheiser MD421s...I think for the first album they were playing out of Fender Devilles.
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    Yup, run Vox->sm. combo->57->preamp.

    I would also add that this is the best/only way to record harmonica too.

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    fuck. Now I have to sell my 421.

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    I have a 421 and a Deville, but I'm keeping 'em. Not because I want to sound like the Strokes.

    The Strokes don't have the best sound in the world, but at least they have a different sound. I mainly like to listen to This Is It occassionally because I've read a couple articles about the making of that album (like the one ez_willis posted), and I think it's pretty cool that they made an album that a lot of people really liked in basement with a few inputs, a few not-so-expensive mics, and a few nice preamps.
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