[rumori] Re: Mixing/recording equipment - my thoughts

Mr.Fodder (thebranflakesAThotmail.com)
Mon, 14 Jun 1999 01:12:39 PDT

>Sonic Foundry Acid. Can't recommend it highly enough. I do all my studio
>through it, and it retails somewhere around 70 bucks. Sequencer and loop
>runner, automatically adjusts all loops to match tempo, accepts Direct X

ACID is a wonderful program. But I personally used it once and ended up
discarding it for it tended to make the process more automated than anything

it's like Rebirth. and the question goes... 'should I be the one to control
the assembly of the sounds or should i put the computer or unit in more
control?' this is a question to that works differently for everyone.

a bit on my background in regards to recording and equipment i have found to
work well.

back in the early 80's the only way i could sync up stuff was to do it in
real time. i used to make my loops by playing 4 bars off of a turntable,
dropping that down to track one, then playing the same 4 bars to track 2 and
repeating the process to have a consistent loop. then the SP-1200 unit came
out and in 1984 my partner got one and we did everything on that. i got a
sampler (roland d-50) in 1988 and it only accepted up to 22khz and the time
was about 8 sec at a time to load, which was good.

in 1996 i was without my tascam644 4-track that broke down due to overuse
and i did our cd release "i rememeber when i break down" with one Roland
MS-1 Phrase Sampler and two tape decks. I would load up 8 samples on the
touch pads, play them in real time to a tape deck, then load up 8 more and
play over the tape onto another tape. worked well.

our new release for the Bran Flakes on the Ovenguard Music label was all
done on a 486 PC, with various software apps (cool edit pro, wavelab, sound
forge, making waves, vaz, + lots of directx plugins).

all in all,

if you have a working tape deck, a turntable or anything not considered to
be "musical recording equipment' than you can make your stuff.

a pause button can be your best friend.

also, splicing cassette tape is easy too. just as easy as splicing
reel-to-reel in my opinion. just get yourself some scotch tape, an exacto
knife or razor blade and a clean surface. experiment.

i used to do this too....
i would take my turntable and plug it into the right input of my tape deck
then plug in another tape deck into the left input of my tape deck and
record. then i would play it out to a new tape on mono. instant mono
2-track recording.

in the end, your mind is the most powerful recording equipment.

-- otis f. odder


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