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Offline Dan33185

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Re: Equipment for demo recording and live recording
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2024, 03:27:34 PM »
I guess "demo" was the wrong choice of words. What it would be is recording songs that may or may not be used for release down the road depending on how comfortable she is with how they turn out, and how comfortable she is putting her own work out there for the public. Much different performing covers than your own stuff. But, like I told her, I believe her original stuff deserves a chance to be recorded at least, even if it's just to share among family and friends, and if she decides to do a small CD pressing later, great. I had forgotten that she has a "she-shed" type building, which is maybe 15x15 that works as her art studio/guest room if family is over, so that should be a perfect setting for this type of recording.


I do use inexpensive Chinese mics for most of my work both as a taper and a home recordist of music.
 

Which mics are they out of curiosity? Are you content with the results they produce?

EDIT- Anyone have opinions on the Teac ME120's? I see a pair for 100 bucks in YS.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2024, 06:05:41 PM by Dan33185 »
AUD: Zoom H2
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Re: Equipment for demo recording and live recording
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2024, 07:00:27 PM »
Do some homework on studio vs live recording techniques. Unless a live feel without the crowd is what she's after anything that is intended for release is going to stick out like a sore thumb if recorded with distant mic techniques.

You can make it work in a less than perfect space by hanging some heavy blankets (I used to use comforters and quilts from the thrift store hung over rolling clothes racks) to isolate the vocal and guitar from room reflections. Also helps if there's some furniture to break up the room.

There's loads of Youtube videos with some great tips for doing what you describe on a shoestring budget. Also some great tutorials about how to record vocals and plug in chains to get the most out of what you capture.

I would ask her to give you a couple of reference tunes to hear what she wants it to sound like which can narrow down what you need to do to produce what she's after.
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Re: Equipment for demo recording and live recording
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2024, 07:16:23 PM »
Do some homework on studio vs live recording techniques. Unless a live feel without the crowd is what she's after anything that is intended for release is going to stick out like a sore thumb if recorded with distant mic techniques.

You can make it work in a less than perfect space by hanging some heavy blankets (I used to use comforters and quilts from the thrift store hung over rolling clothes racks) to isolate the vocal and guitar from room reflections. Also helps if there's some furniture to break up the room.

There's loads of Youtube videos with some great tips for doing what you describe on a shoestring budget. Also some great tutorials about how to record vocals and plug in chains to get the most out of what you capture.

I would ask her to give you a couple of reference tunes to hear what she wants it to sound like which can narrow down what you need to do to produce what she's after.

Just a straight studio feel is what she's going for...so by distant mic technique do you mean an ambient room mic? Just do away with that idea? But a mic closer to her guitar for a better sound than through her mixer should be ok? Or would using my Zoom serve the same purpose (and qualty) as that mic?
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Re: Equipment for demo recording and live recording
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2024, 12:45:46 AM »

By distant mic I mean more than 1 foot away from the source.

There's a lot of ways to skin a cat. Give it a whirl with what you have to work with. Maybe ask some local tapers or musicians if you can borrow a couple of small diaphragm condenser mics and/or an LDC see what you can come up with.
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