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Favorite Guitar (acoustic instrument) Mic 23 Replies

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Comment by Michael MacLeod on October 22, 2008 at 11:06am
Thanks for the invitation, Marcy. Most of my experience has been as a live sound engineer predominantly dealing with folk and bluegrass concerts and festivals. I've got a little more time these days and was hoping to spend some time with my mics, instruments, and Garage Band. This is just the sort of resource I was looking for.

My background was in technical theatre design, Lighting, Sound, Rigging, Draperies and some Acoustics.
Comment by Amy Ferebee on October 22, 2008 at 11:28am
I'm in.
Thanks for the invite.
Mostly I've recorded from PA to mini disc as a sound engineer at festivals.
I need to find a good way to tranfer all those great performances of wonderful artists to CD. The caveat here is that I'm not really up to speed with the new computer techniques and am usually crippled by not having the cash flow to invest in fancy gear.

Willing to learn in Tidewater,

Amy Ferebee
Comment by Marcy Marxer "Iona Martin" on October 22, 2008 at 2:19pm
Holy Cow! I went away for the day and look what happened! This is great! There is a wealth of experience here on the network! Becky, you make computers and mics??! Do tell!
Hmmm... I'll work backwards with recording experience. I'm currently working on Pro Tools and Digital Performer with a Mac and a Digidesign 003. Before going to a computer based program a Yamaha O2R and 3 Tascam machines did quite a bit. About 15 years ago the set up was 3 Alesis 8 track machines and a Mackie board. Before that was a Roland multi-track cassette recorder with add-ons via duct tape and bobby pins. Lastly, two red plastic tape recorders from Radio Shack at a price tag of $10.00 each. I would record a track on machine #1-play Machine #1 and play along with it while recording onto machine #2 and so on. It wasn't high quality but it was good practice.
I've worked in many outside studios over the years. Some have been top notch, others may have been outfitted by an audio version of Toys-R-Us and everything in between. Mic placement counts for a whole lot! It can do more for a recording than the fanciest of gear. Although, gear is fun and handy.
Amy-Those mini discs could hold some real treasures! Is there anyone reading this who lives near Tidewater and could load some of her discs on a hard drive?

Now... a chance to read the rest of the comments! This is cool!
Comment by Michael MacLeod on October 22, 2008 at 2:31pm
Amy and I have some similar experiences. I have over 400 archival board tapes on cassette of everyone from Stan Rogers to Odetta, & Taj to the Clays, that I intend to move to a digital format for preservation purposes at some time.

I would like to know what Mac programs folks use for this.
Comment by Steve Alexander on October 22, 2008 at 2:50pm
I recorded in Nashville in the early '80s and what I learned there was getting into a relaxed and fun attitude before recording. Many times with a one person laptop studio, you have your engineering hat on more tightly than your performer hat. Relax and go to your happy place and let the silicone spin (or whatever it does). I visited a studio a famous singer/songwriter was working in and stopped counting at about 56 wine bottles strewn about the place. That doesn't work for me but did for that session!. I believe the mood you are in when recording comes through the final product, so take it easy and go to your happy place as often as you can. Shakespeake's plays are each based on one over-riding emotion i.e. LOVE (The Merchant of Venice), JEALOUSY (Othello). When you record a tune, think yourself into the mood of the song before you start to play. Oh yeah, another tip. Even if you've sung the song a thousand times, keep a printed lyric sheet in front of you when singing. It helps your enunciation and phrasing.

Cheers, Steve
Comment by Michael MacLeod on October 22, 2008 at 2:53pm
Howdy, Steve. Nice to see you on board. mmmmm Happy Place mmmmmm DoughNuts. mmmmmm.
mmmmmmm Charts mmmmmmmmmm
Comment by Becky Taylor on October 22, 2008 at 11:25pm
Amy....I don't see a problem with converting your mini-disk files.
Marcy.... the hardware is actually easier to learn and do than the software as it is very black and white. Each new software and plug-in had a learning curve attached. I'll talk more about the mics if they work ok! hahah.
LOL...my biggest 'issue' presently is dealing with 'spaghetti' ...keeping cords visible and accessible yet somewhat neat and with a limited footprint.
peace and good pickin
Comment by Michael Gurzi on October 23, 2008 at 7:53am
Hi all -

I'll jump in and ask a follow-up question. I have a small setup using a Mackie 1402 mixer that I feed into a M-Audio Firewire Solo and into a MacBook Pro using GarageBand (for now - may upgrade to Logic). I monitor out to a pair of powered Alesis Mk2's and I use either a Rode MT1-A or a Sure SM81 for mics.

It all seems to work fine for what I do, but, knowing how important the mics are etc, has anyone had any experience with the new USB mics that can plug directly into the computer? Samson, Bluemic, Logitech, etc?? I have read reviews that say they are great but may have a less than desired gain.


Comment by Steve Good on October 23, 2008 at 8:35am
Mike, I'm about to order a USB mic to use with my Mac Pro. I'll probably go for the Samson C01, on the basis of bang for the buck (assuming I can believe the reviews I've read). Seems to me to be an inexpensive way into recording oneself (I'm a beginner when it comes to the recording end of things). Will file a report once I'm up and running.

Comment by dr.mikey on October 23, 2008 at 9:52am
I've got a Samson C01U and it works great with a Mac. If you use Audacity, it'll record directly and you'll be surprised at how well it sounds for such an inexpensive microphone.



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