Friday, February 14, 2014

12th Diatomaceous of Earth

This Gretsch Catalina Maple 7-piece kit for $600 seems like a pretty good deal. But such kits are available and around on (say) eBay and who needs that very high tom anyway? Still, if you buy it before Monday it'll be a great price on a new kit.
Recording 12 tracks I really shouldn't have so many ASIO lost buffers. Especially at only 44.1 or 48kHz (and 16-bit). I mean. Right? But with my laptop that's a thing. It doesn't seem to affect the sound though. I'd expect clicks or pops.
That being said, I don't know why I bother to record these things. Most of the band is stunningly uninterested. They won't read my emails much less actually listen to this. But oh well. Here's various things from the Diatomaceous Earth rehearsal on the 12th.


You know. I'd really love to have a rehearsal space where stuff could be left set up. With a drum kit that's good. Like a Gretsch. Should I learn to play drums? I really don't want to. But being able to just kick on the rack and the computer and have the monitors just work would be very nice.
Now let's talk about this mix.
On most of the instruments the compressor is an emulation of an LA-2A. But some things (basses?) I'm using an 1176 compressor (emulation). I'm hitting too hard. I know this. I do have issues of trying to keep the two bass instruments away from one another sonically. Those are a Chapman Stick which goes through some Lindell preamps "direct" via a couple DI boxes, and a Fender Jazz fretless going direct through an outboard preamp (and then, just for giggles, through another Neve preamp.) I realize that the 1176 is more popular with some instruments but I'm enjoying the sound of the LA-2A emulation better.
I threw my guitar through a Leslie emulation. For some reason on this session that seemed like an okay idea. I actually used a duplicated track for the Leslie.
You may note that the drums sound particularly bad. The hi-hat barks because it doesn't sound that awesome to start with and also I have too much compression on the overheads to make up for the lack of tom mics on this session (those having been rejected by drummer.) I should have backed off on the limiting. It would be nice if there were some ride cymbal but that's just not going to happen either.
On technical matters more: I was having a bad time with the Tascam A/D converter on this session. I don't know why. It may have been something as simple as the USB cable not seating in the laptop properly. Which is less than awesome. Because if it means the USB connector at the computer is getting wonkity then I'm not going to have a good time.

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