Archive for the ‘Recording’ Category

Presonus Studio One

August 26, 2009 Leave a comment

presonus-studio-onePresonus is about to release a music creation-editing-production software called Studio One. It isn’t available yet but you can download a free demo from their website.

It has some stipulations to it though. It only works for 30 days, you can’t save, and you can’t import mp3 files.

But theyย  say it’s good though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Is anyone else getting tired of companies joining the “We’ve got a music creation-editing-production software available”?ย  So how many is this now. Is anybody keeping count?

It has to be something revolutionary for people to change the software they’re comfortable with. My only question to the new software packages is “What are you doing different?” If your answer is “nothing”, you shouldn’t be wasting your time and money.

Propellerhead Record Download

August 24, 2009 Leave a comment

propellerhead-recordPropellerhead has something good going with their Record software. If you’re at all familiar with Reason, it won’t take you long to get the hang of it. Honestly I really liked the software. I really liked it. Until I went to bounce.

Seriously Propellerhead, did you really have to disable that? What’s the logic? Because I sure can’t see it. It’s a boneheaded move on your part.

Here’s what you should have done:

1. Limited the beta testers instead of limiting what you can save and what you can’t.

2. You should’ve given your die hard fans (the very people who signed up for an invite) with something more since they actually are helping you with your own bottom line.

These people are doing something completely useful for you for absolutely no money whatsoever. You should’ve at least given them a way to test the whole thing.

You have good software. No denying that. But you guys need to start thinking long term.

MXL – I Like You – I Really Do

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

mxl-992You may remember my post a few days ago about me never trying out MXL microphones before.

After reading a post on this blog, a friend of mine brought in his MXL for me to try out. After working with it for an hour or so, I have to day that I really liked it.

It reminds me of my Audio Technica microphones. A lot actually. It was a very worm mic.

Now, I can honestly say I can relate to anyone who has one.ย  The one I heard at least (the 992) is a really good sounding mic.

Categories: Microphones, Recording

Tool Dependence – Which Tool Do You Use Most?

August 21, 2009 Leave a comment

tool-dependenceOver the years, I’ve created hundreds of songs with my computers. And for the most part, I still have the multi track sessions. Thank God.

I listen to a song I’ve been working on and think “the drums from song x would be great with this. I need to make a sample of those drums”. I can’t believe how much that happens with me. It seems like I’m loosing more and more creativity as I age. ๐Ÿ™‚

So my tool dependence is obviously Propellerheads’ Recycle. To be such a simple program, I use it every single day. If it’s not me that needs it, it’s one of the hiphop acts I record that needs it. They’ll come in with these crazy drum loops in 135 bpm and want me to slow it down to 90 or something like that.

If you’re changing tempo on drum loops alot, Recycle is the perfect software. And with so many recording software packages that can read rex files (FL Studio, Logic, Protools, etc.), it makes it an obvious choice. Even if you’re using a software that doesn’t support it, it can help out a lot. You can export to wav files.

Categories: Editing, Mixing, Recording

Nine Inch Nails Remixes – More Bands Should Do This

August 21, 2009 Leave a comment

nin-screenshotI’m a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails and when they released multitrack versions of some of their songs, I jumped on it. Seriously, every band should be doing this. It can only help with promotion. Anyway, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately making remixes of some of the songs they’re offering.

If you haven’t already, you can download the multitrack versions here: Nine Inch Nails Remixes

“God Given” is the track I’ve been working on. If you’re interested in knowing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have even more respect for Trent Reznor now that he’s done this. This one guy has done much for internet music, he doesn’t get the credit he diserves. Even if you’re just starting out, the professional quality multitracks are something I wish I had when I was starting.

These have been out for quite some time, but I just wanted to say something about it since I’ve been revisiting the mixes. If you haven’t already, you need to download those.

Categories: Editing, Mixing, Recording

MXL Mic’s : My confession

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment

mxl-992This is embarrassing to say, I’ve never tried the MXL mic’s. Any of them. For the last five years or so, I’ve “been getting around to it”.

But I’ve heard basically nothing but good things about them (and the Marshalls too actually) and I’ve been wanting to get one for a good long time. But never got around to it.
I’ve heard they sound fantastic for the price.

I’ve heard them in hundreds of mixes and I they sound good from the board. I’ve just never seen them used in application or anything else. I’m sure they’re good. I’m sure I’ll get around to it. But I haven’t yet.

I’m either too stupid or too busy.

But I’m going to buy at least one large diaphragm, even if it’s used. And I’m going to buy at least two small diaphragms even if they’re used in pairs.
What’s your experience with any of the MXL’s?

In Need Of An Audio Recording Interface

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

line6micpreMore and more, I’m doing things on my laptop. What I’ve been doing is recording on my main system, but I’ve been editing and mixing on my laptop.

This leads me to believe I’m going to need an interface sooner or later. I’m not always in the studio anymore. And I don’t always want to go there when I can use my laptop. I’ve looked at a few inexpensive things like Line 6’s usb preamps and they look impressive. I’ve looked at a few others as well, but I haven’t made up my mind on which one yet.

I know I’ll need at least one preamp and a direct guitar input. Something that can record at least two signals at the same time with. It doesn’t have to be fancy or anything. I’m pretty sure I won’t be tracking drums with it. It’s mainly for demos so I can record and carry them around with me on the fly.

Any suggestions? Have you tried any of Line 6’s usb interfaces? I’m a huge fan of the Pod so sooner or later, I’m going to hear it first hand. But I don’t know of a single person who has one.

Categories: Personal, Recording