Recent content by Richard Monroe

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    Sliding sounds between chords

    A couple of suggestions- Hard- Pick up your fingers and put them down on the next chord or position. No slide, no noise. Easy- soak the tips of very your fretting fingers in hot water for about 5 minutes before recording. You'll be surprised how much less noise you'll get. Sliding into a...
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    Mics and Preamps.....Guitars and Guitar amps...

    I use B.L.U.E. Kiwi or Rode NTK for the main vocal mic, C414B-ULS or Neumann KM184 for most acoustic instruments, usually going into an Avalon AD2022 or a Joe Meek twinQ. The one surprising outstanding relatively cheap mic I've found is AKG C2000B. It was part of a series of mics intended for...
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    Shocking plywood guitar.

    Orson- I'm well aware of the quirks of wood. I build wooden arrows for world-class archery competition, an almost lost art. A few traditional divisions still require them. Humidity has a huge effect, just like on guitars. I'm also aware of the inherent increased stability of laminates. Yes...
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    Shocking plywood guitar.

    All I'm saying is that plywood isn't usually cited as a tonewood, and in the day, wasn't expected to improve with age. And of course, many hollowbodies and thin bodied electric-acoustics have laminated tops, but I don't think of that as a feature of classic arched-top acoustics. Once magnetic...
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    Shocking plywood guitar.

    When I was recording my first CD, I needed a classical guitar for a session guy who was flying in with 2 electrics. I bought an Epiphone Selena signature guitar, used, which was adequate for the one cut we needed it on. I ended up trading it to my brother, who had an old Yamaha G65A, which had...
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    New Members: Introduce Yourself Here!

    I'm baaack! I was a frequent poster for several years, and fell off the bandwagon. I recently rebuilt and cleaned up the studio. I previously recorded a full length CD with liner notes, overdub sessions, a release party, pro mixing/mastering etc. Now I'm working on the demo I never did...
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    XLR to USB conversion for streaming audio

    Here's a blast from the past! I am an old-timer who hasn't posted in several years, but I'm looking for some advice. I have a pretty respectable mic cabinet, but my knowledge of PC's and social media applications is pretty poor. I have a buddy who wants to upgrade his audio quality for...
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    I washed it and it shrunk!

    OK, I really didn't really know what forum to stick this in, so here it is. For 35 years or so I've been hauling an acoustic or a hollowbody through airports, trying to talk them onto the airplane or (gulp) checking them as luggage! (United breaks guitars!). And what do I do this for? It used to...
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    Sweetwater blowout

    Just a heads-up. Sweetwater is blowing out AKG D3800M for $99.99 in the flight case. This is a supercardioid stage dynamic. It's comparable to Sennheiser MD421, but never caught on in the USA. Very feedback resistant, rather tricky to use as a vocal mic because of the tight polar pattern, it is...
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    Can I sing? Give me a break

    It just amazes me how anxious everyone gets because the instrument is *them*. How many people post up on the guitar forum and ask"Can I play guitar?" Of course you can sing. Pretty much everybody can with sufficient practice and training. Musicians aren't born, they are made. Did you play like a...
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    Heavy Duty mic stand on sale-cheap

    You probably know I'm not one for posting up every $2.00 off deal I see, but this really is phenomenal! I think this model has been discontinued, and I prefer it to the replacement: Buy On-Stage Stands SB96+ Studio Boom Microphone Stand | Microphone Stands | Musician's Friend For the record...
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    Patching up a Yamaha P95

    OK- from this keyboard thing I know *nothing*! I bought a P95 for my wife for her birthday, 'cause it fits in the Neon a lot better than the Wurlitzer console, and she gets an organ also. It was the cheapest 88 key digital piano I could find that didn't feel and sound like a toy. Of course it...
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    Live field recording-question about segues

    OK, I did this as well as I knew how last year, but I'm going to do it again, and I want to do it better. Here's the deal- I'm recording a 60 voice choir with some high octane voices in a circus tent within 30 feet of a dirt road with trucks loaded with noisy exhausted athletes occasionally...
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    Micro-monitors

    I've been building a microstudio for travel and certain remote applications built around a Zoom H4n and a pocket POD. The SONY ECM-MS957 stero mic is already identified as a keeper. What I'm looking for now is wicked small set of powered speakers. My best bet so far are M-Audio AV20's. Yeah, I...
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    ? Strat neck warp

    I've got a MIM Jimmy Vaughn signature Tex-mex strat, which up to this point, has served me very well. It lives in a hard case, and is adequately hydrated. It has a V-neck, all maple. Recently, I took it out of the case, and the action was high, particularly on the bass side. A truss rod...
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