AE-240: Analog Recording Technology
Week-8b: Z's alt World
Side Processing and In-The-Groove Vinyl
a link to a PT Mid-Side session and template
This link is a folder from which you can download all the files.
I will condense to one file in the near future.
Week-6b: Two members down, we got a new handle on the mix
Surprisingly, the 24 track went berserk and we able to work around it.
The kick is just a bit too round - even flat - so there's a multi-band
processed version as well. Listen closely to 'raw' for the mix details
- that you love or realize were missed - and then listen to the mastered
/ proc version to see if it helped. I want a full report.
the first attempt was mostly mono
the vocal was too forward (and dry as a bone)
the kick drum had the low-end full-on boosted ;(
the snare polarity was reversed.
Love to all!
A job well done by David, Jonathan, Sean and Justin.
Week-5a: Listen to John Kargol Session
Week-4b: John Kargol 4 track session
Week-4a: Flange-O-Rama plus Echo-per-plexed
We take many things for granted in the Digital Lomain and week-4's
class continued on that theme. Analog Editing and Looping is hard
work! It incorporates fine motor skills, a more in-depth musical
knowledge plus the ability to discern the nuance of kick, snare and hat-a-tat-tat
at less than 1/8th normal speed!
This week's lesson involved bouncing an Elvis Presley cover - MY BABY
LEFT ME - to tracks 1 & 2 of two separate 4-track tapes that were played
on two seperate 4-track machines. Tracks 1 & 2 of 'A' machine
were patched into tracks 3 & 4 of the 'B' machine. Both machines
were started at the same time, with the 'B' machine in RECORD on tracks
3 & 4. We listened ONLY to tracks 1 & 2 in mono, from the
machine's small speaker. The goal was to keep the machines in sync,
by dragging our fingers on the reel flanging. When locked, the sound
appeared 'centered' between the two machines, from which point it was possible
to 'pan' through time manipulation. Sonic localisation favored the
machine that was a head.
Once these skills were mastered and under our control, we played back
all four tracks in mono on the B machine's small speaker and voila, FLANGING!!!
We then set up the black Fostex machine for stereo ping-pong tape echo.
Again, a simple process, but one that required that we understand signal
flow from the Mackie console to the echo machine and back.
A four track session was put up and when everyone else had gone to their
next class, Justin stayed behind and continued for another hour or two.
He mixed to both analog tape and digital (via CD burner) so that the two
formates could be compared. Below are two sample tracks, with this
caveat: We did not realize the analog machine was in Vari-Speed mode
(from our looping session) running at about 11.5 Inches Per Second (IPS).
I had played with the vary speed (you can hear the result at the very end
of take-2). I put the speed approximately back to where it was.
Screen captures show some of the 'nuance' of the different formats.
High bit rate mp3s will allow comparison. Even when tape is running
on speed, it's not sample accurate, so at best you can just alternately
SOLO a looped section.
Class meets in Studio 2 to transfer Aaron's 24 track to Pro Tools,
plus, perhaps a bonus.
We bounced Eddie's version of Andy's loop over to 4-track (it
was less wrinkled), OD'd clean ele gtr, djembe, drums, bounced to mono,
OD'd Bass and Lead gtr. From feedback I got so far (18th April),
the four track lesson emphasizes performance, simplicity and a vision of
what the final version will be. Keeping the performances simple and
uncomplicated improves the feel and leaves room for other parts.
Intonation seemed to be a bit of a problem, especially with lead guitar.
Even though we can isolate parts, It is always important to consider how
the parts must sound to live within the track.
It sounded like this...
Andy refined his edit skills and experimented with bouncing a loop
over to the 4-track in prep for a 'more serious session' week three.
We also listened to Aaron's 24-track tape that we will bounce on
Thursday, week-3. The CD of those sounds was defective, so I did
the tape edits at home so that Andy had somethign to practice to...
Chinese Chicken Loop
While we are challenged by 1.5 hour classes, everyone stepped up to
the plate to learn how to edit tape. We also listened to some vinyl
and got a bit of a history lesson.