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What’s So Special About The Sure PG42 Condenser Microphone?

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Sure-PG42-Condenser-MicrophoneI recently had a chance to try the Sure PG42 Condencer Microphone during a session when a vocalist brought it in and said he would only record with it. I told him I had an Audio Technica 4040 that was almost just like it, but he didn’t want to hear that.

Now, you have to keep in mind that this vocalist wasn’t very “good” in my eyes. He rarely sang in key, which ment I’d have to use my Melodyne extensively. When we started recording, I couldn’t believe how warm and full this guy sounded. Now, whenever I heard him, he was singing through a Sure SM 58, and it sounded less than ideal.

But I couldn’t believe how he sounded through this mic. It sounded so well, I went out and got me a couple of them. That, with my Oasis preamp made this guy shine. So I decided to test while the band was on a break, and I decided to try my shittiest preamp I had. He sounded almost as warm and full with that too.

If you’re in the market for an affordable condenser mic, I would get the Sure PG42 Condenser Mic, because I’ve tried it on my shittiest of shitty equipment and it still was warm and full. This is exactally where I got mine, It’s at Musiciansfriend.com. You should really Try It Out.

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Categories: Microphones

M-Audio Small USB Interface

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

m-audio-usb-interfaceIn an earlier post, I was saying I got an M-Audio USB MIDI keyboard (Keystudio) and a Fast Track Pro. I made the mistake of opening them up and putting them in the same drawer. I was just going to come back to them when I had time.

Well, when I got around to it, I noticed this little USB interface and I didn’t know which product it came with. It was eating at me. So I went through the user manuals and didn’t find it in either one of them(Fast Track Pro OR Keystudio).

I just found out that it came with the Session software that came with the Keystudio. I haven’t tried it out yet, but damn, I wasn’t expecting to get an extra USB audio interface. Even if it sucks when I try it out, it’s still cool because I didn’t expect it at all.

Recording Different Styles Of Music Will Liven Up Your Own

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Some people I’ve worked with don’t like to try many new things. I can’t blame them, if it’s not broken don’t fix it. But doing things the same way for long starts to get a little boring. You aren’t pushing boundaries. You are just putting the same stuff you’ve been putting out.

For those of us (myself included) that get board with the same way to do things, we need to freshen up our chops from time to time. What better way to do it than recording a different style of music. Something we’re not familiar with.

Two years into recording, I was getting board with recording rock all the time. That’s when I met some hiphop artists and started working with them. It was great. It was like I was experiencing the whole learning process again.

Learning different ways to record different styles of music really starts the creative process like nothing I’ve ever experienced.

If you’re growing a little stagnant with what you’re recording, I highly recommend going out and meeting new people in a different style of music than your own. The absolute worst thing that could come out of it would be that you learned something.

After rock and hiphop, I eventually went on to country, bluegrass(one of my personal favorites to record), and synthpop.

After you’ve recorded with a different style of music, you can look at your main style of music with new eyes and come up with some really great ideas and make the recordings even better.

That’s the way it is with me. Whenever I start to get tired of doing the same ol same ol, I’ll go to one of my friends in another style of music, record them for a couple of weeks, and I pick back up on my recordings and be able to come up with new fresh ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

Categories: Recording