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by Cruel Hoax
Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:08 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Pro Tools First---it's FREE!
Replies: 8
Views: 2158

Re: Pro Tools First---it's FREE!

Thousands of my previous posts don't exist. All kidding aside, I like the idea of a free Pro Tools (again) but I am EXTEMELY suspicious of this "in-the-cloud" thing. Seemingly-obviously, one would need to store the temp files locally. But would you only open/save using Da Cloud? Seems like this woul...
by Cruel Hoax
Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Headphone Reviews---WTF?
Replies: 20
Views: 4313

Re: Headphone Reviews---WTF?

I use HD280s (two pair, actually.) Yes, they highlight the midrange a bit, which works well with my penchant for Yamaha monitors. I've used Sonys in the past; they sounded very "hi-fi," if that makes sense. I prefer my mixing tools to be nasty and midrange-forward (likely a result of using NS-10s fo...
by Cruel Hoax
Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:30 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Initial compression
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Initial compression

And, just a technique I often use: This may seem backward at first, but I've tried it both ways, and I like the results I get with this better: Many people seem to like to put a limiter (or high-ratio compressor) last in the chain. I like to put it first. Well, not necessarily a super-high ratio, bu...
by Cruel Hoax
Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Initial compression
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Initial compression

Er, for context:

I used 6 dbx compressors in series, including the "over" limiter of each. It might have seemed stupid, but the bass tracks sounded great!

Got me more gigs, too, due to the bass player.

-Hoax
by Cruel Hoax
Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Initial compression
Replies: 6
Views: 1772

Re: Initial compression

Yup, I definitely compress vocals (and bass) on the way to tape. As a matter of fact, I got one of my first session requests (from a bass player) after using several compressors on his bass part in a session. He requested me for a wholly separate recording session. Ended up engineering the whole rec...
by Cruel Hoax
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:33 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: warming up a mix?
Replies: 16
Views: 3824

Re: warming up a mix?

Okay, if it's about chili now, the chorizo is a given, tallow. . Also, a little bit of unsweetened cocoa (and maybe coffee, but watch the acidity!) Ooh, mango sounds great. Infinity Curve ! Just used apricots in a brioche under pineapple j**k pork, so I guess I'm on a fruit-in-savory-dishes kick. Ne...
by Cruel Hoax
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: warming up a mix?
Replies: 16
Views: 3824

Re: warming up a mix?

I'm with Stabby on this one: work on the mix. One thing I find helpful is this: listen to relative tones, not absolute tones. In other words, don't listen to the hihat alone and say to yourself, "Man, this thing needs some sparkle and bite! Better turn up the high-mids and the highs." And then you'd...
by Cruel Hoax
Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Sampling Synth
Replies: 20
Views: 4935

Re: Sampling Synth

Let me add another voice to the V-Synth love. Really great for industrial/EBM, or exploratory sound. I love the sound and workflow of the Ensoniq samplers also, but floppy disk performance (and overheating in the ASR-10) is an issue with anything you buy used. I had good luck with MPCs, but never re...
by Cruel Hoax
Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:38 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Perceived clipping in modern recordings...
Replies: 10
Views: 4113

Re: Perceived clipping in modern recordings...

As an engineer —even working with big-name artists at very nice studios— your job is to give the client what they want. And, too often, that means cranking up the thing that you hate, but that the client digs. I had a client ask for "More Autotune than Autotune!" I ended up reversing the vocal track...
by Cruel Hoax
Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Reverb unit with cool small room effects
Replies: 10
Views: 3535

Re: Reverb unit with cool small room effects

For "itty-bitty room" and early reflections, I've always had good luck with Yamaha. SPX units do well, if you're looking for a metallic character. (And the post-SPX90 SPX units have a semi-hidden second layer, where you can insert some filters and such, to more precisely tune your fake room.) I've n...
by Cruel Hoax
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Nice "gritty" sampler for EBM/industrial
Replies: 40
Views: 6429

Re: Nice "gritty" sampler for EBM/industrial

And as for synths: i've had great luck with the DSS-1 (fabulous sound, huge monolithic hardware presence!) In my experience, it works well with most everything: leads, weird pads, bass. Percussion is not as effected as you would think, without use of the filter. I've got a sweet spot for Ensoniq sam...
by Cruel Hoax
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Samplers
Topic: Nice "gritty" sampler for EBM/industrial
Replies: 40
Views: 6429

Re: Nice "gritty" sampler for EBM/industrial

First of all, for the gentlehuman who claims that hardware makes no difference in the age of endlessly configurable software and user-selectable samplerate conversion and such: That makes a certain kind of sense if you are just playing back samples as audio blocks, perhaps bites from old movies or w...
by Cruel Hoax
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: reasonably priced headphones?
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: reasonably priced headphones?

I'm gonna go ahead and chime in with a recommendation for the Sennheiser HD280s. Nice 'n durable, good sound without being over-hyped. I'd advise against Dre Beats except for pleasure listening. They make everything sound nice. While composing your music, you don't want your monitors to sound "nice,...
by Cruel Hoax
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Hohner Pianet T: preamp? DI box? or...?
Replies: 12
Views: 7573

Re: Hohner Pianet T: preamp? DI box? or...?

I always liked an Akai MFC42 for the Pianet (which I actually have owned and used thus, thank you!) Set the Filters to lowpass, moderate resonance, with a fairly fast LFO rate, and engage the Phaser. If your signal is low-low, you can engage the Distortion. Otherwise, best to grab a compressor or tw...
by Cruel Hoax
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: Sound Production
Topic: Plate reverbs...?
Replies: 7
Views: 917

Re: Plate reverbs...?

Plates are awesome. One of my very first jobs at my very first studio was building a vibration-free mount for the EMT plate reverb (a big-ass box as tall as a short lady and an arm-span and a half wide and weighing a couple hundred pounds) You may be tempted to think that a convolution-based approac...