Gut Rumbles

August 19, 2005

step one is complete

I've got all the recording equipment hooked up and plugged in. NOW I need to read the owner's manual to figure out how this thing is supposed to operate.

I'm tempted just to wing a song and see what happens, but Jack's sister is cutting my grass right know and I know the microphones will pick up that noise. I think I'll read the book until she's finished with her work.

I'm familiar with most of this, because it looks a lot like the Yamaha PA head I used years ago. The mixer and the effects are pretty much the same. The only thing that looks different is this "digital" shit as opposed to analog recording.

I bought one good vocal mic and a directional for my instruments. (Plus a set of headphones.) I also got a "Puff Pad" thrown in for the vocal mic. But if I understand correctly right now, I think I can run an electric or a bass guitar straight into this thing and not use an amp at all.

That's why I need to read the book. I have a wire that plugs from the recorder straight into my computer, so I can burn CDs. I don't need to power this device with an amp. It's got its own brain and power supply.

It also has an incredible amount of "memory," so you can record for a long time, save it all right there, and burn CDs when you're happy with they way they sound. It's got only eight tracks, but you can bounce them and compress them to make 64 tracks once you know what you're doing.

I don't know what I'm doing yet, but I will shortly. This may be the best toy I ever bought.


Didn't I read a couple days ago that you are going to post some MP3s of your music?

Really looking forward to it!

Posted by: blondage on August 19, 2005 05:20 PM

You can run an electric guitar or bass right into the unit, the bass will sound fine, but the guitar won't.
If you plan on recording electric guitar and don't want to scare the neighbors any more than you already have, you might want to round one of those Line 6 "Pod" guitar amp emulators. It's a cool unit that reproduces electronically the sounds of just about any amp, speaker cabinet, and stomp box effect combination imaginable, and you run it direct to the recorder.
I have a Fostex VF 160 16 track digital recorder and love it.
Speaking of drummers, the Alesis SR 16 drum machine cost 150.00, is easy to program, sounds great, works harder and drinks less than any other drummer that I've ever worked with.
Have fun with yer new toy..

Posted by: El Polacko on August 19, 2005 05:54 PM

I want one. How much was it?

Posted by: dipnut on August 19, 2005 06:13 PM

Did you ever find that ugly ass bass you got years ago? You may have to buy a bass from Willy, sounds like you will have all the power you need, Cat

Posted by: catfish on August 19, 2005 07:02 PM

My brother and his band traded that "ugly-assed bass" in on some new equipment after I left the band. I wish I still had it.

It WAS ugly, but it played nice.

I can come up with another one.

Posted by: Acidman on August 19, 2005 10:48 PM

Sounds pretty cool. Can't wait to see when we can purchase the Acidman's first CD. I've picked up the guitar again, trying to quit smoking. I figured keeping my fingers busy might help. So far, so good.

Posted by: Lee on August 20, 2005 02:47 AM

Sounds like fun--have a great time.

Even a bass will sound better if you run it through some kind of preamp (maybe you can do it in software).

Makes me want to get my TASCAM 38 fixed and set it up.

Posted by: Ken on August 20, 2005 02:47 PM

I mostly record bass Direct, but sometimes i'll mic an amp just for a different flavor to mix in. Guitar, however, should be miked off your amp with the 57. It'l sound much better than direct especially if you are looking for any kind of overdrive. Acoustic should be miked direct with the 57, or a good condenser mic preferably.

Need a bass player? Im near helen (franklin NC) ;-)

Posted by: Buddy on August 20, 2005 05:59 PM
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