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I have some fairly good gear now which was bought, thinking I could use it on my band which has been held up with progress due to drummer quitting etc.

I want to record another band.

I will do one day (10-7 or similar) of recording and mixing a band for 150 (cheaper than anywhere else locally, as far as i know). If you want two days or longer, I will do that competitively also.

If you are unhappy with the mix or want me to change anything, such as levels, i will change that, free of charge, after the event.

Anyone interestered? I always fancied the idea of doing this seriously but need to gather a profile of recordings before people can trust my recording skills.

I can potentially record just about anywhere but it may be advisable to record where I live (discuss in PM if interested). I also have a fairly good drum kit, which is reasonably well tuned which helps this argument.

I will only take on a maximum of 2 bands, initially. I may decide to charge more after that, depending on feedback, outcome, enjoyment etc.

I will also list gear on request.

Reply/PM if interested.

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I believe that I have enough experience and good enough gear that it isn't that big a risk in terms of sound quality and results.

150 is also conciderably less than any studio I know of and I have better gear than some of them.

I recorded this band last year with behringer convrerters and pre amps.

The Audiokicks <TheAudiokicks>

I now have conciderably more knowledge and RME and Mackie Onyx converters and pre amps. The difference in sound quality is greatly noticable.

If you want to record, send me a message, I can negoatiate times and prices to suit you.

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I have the following microphones.

1 AKG C414 XL-II (getting another one as soon as I can afford it)

2 Shure SM58 (althoguh I sold one this week so might replace it)

3 Shue SM57 (might get another one or two soon)

2 AKG C1000

1 AKG D550

1 Behringer B1

A few other mics that aren't as good such as AKG D90

I also might hire 2 AKG CK91 condensors for drum overheads where required. I have used them before and was very impressed with them.

If anyone wants any particular microphones for particular instruments that I don't have, they can be hired.

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Interest has been expressed already. I can do times other than full days, evenings and daytimes also welcome. I would probably also throw in a second day of recording for a more than reasonable price.

Get in there while you can.

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which mic's do you have?

Although his mic list is more than adequate, pre amps and converters are way more important. (Franz Ferdinand bellowing into a sm57??)

And the simple truth is, on a well recorded track, you can't tell what mic was used once it's mixed down.

Sounds like a fair deal to me. 10 -7 for 150 is pretty good. We do a 6 hour demo day for 100 but as we're 65 miles from aberdeen it's not much competition for you.

Good luck mate.

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Although his mic list is more than adequate, pre amps and converters are way more important. (Franz Ferdinand bellowing into a sm57??)

Yeah I know, was just curious as I'm about to go mic shopping ;)

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Only mic I use a lot is the SM57 and can recommend it for consistantly good results (warm sounding) and not much $ (Ive got some posher ones that dont sound as good basically)

I only record vocals, electric guitars and amped synths like

Drums, cymbals or bass might need something diff / more specialized

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Only mic I use a lot is the SM57 and can recommend it for consistantly good results (warm sounding) and not much $ (Ive got some posher ones that dont sound as good basically)

I only record vocals, electric guitars and amped synths like

Drums, cymbals or bass might need something diff / more specialized

Yeah this will be for vocals, acoustic guitar and hand percussion. I was looking at the rode NT1A due to the low noise floor and I don't really need features like highpass filter coz I'd do that in software anyway and have more control...apparently some of these cheaper chinese made large diaphram condensors like Samson's are actually ok for the price though...

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Although his mic list is more than adequate, pre amps and converters are way more important. (Franz Ferdinand bellowing into a sm57??)

And the simple truth is, on a well recorded track, you can't tell what mic was used once it's mixed down.

The truth is that everything in the signal path is important. Not convinced that pre amps are more important than microphones but some people claim they are, anyhow...

I have a RME fireface 800 which has 4 good mic pre amps and the Analogue to Digital Conversion is fairly transparent to my ears.

The Mackie Onyx 800r has 8 highly thought-of pre amps and the A/D conversion is the same quality as the RME.

Sounds like a fair deal to me. 10 -7 for 150 is pretty good. We do a 6 hour demo day for 100 but as we're 65 miles from aberdeen it's not much competition for you.

Good luck mate.

Thank you and good luck to you also. I also concider 10-7 to be the scheduled recording time and if it cannot be mixed properly in that time. I will do it the next day and send you a CD when finsihed. Either way, I would not want a recording to go out that doesn't sound as good as it would if I spent a bit more time on it.

Only mic I use a lot is the SM57 and can recommend it for consistantly good results (warm sounding) and not much $ (Ive got some posher ones that dont sound as good basically)

I only record vocals, electric guitars and amped synths like

Drums, cymbals or bass might need something diff / more specialized

I am usually fairly suprised how good the 57 sounds on certain things. I like all the mics I own for differnet applications. I think a dynamic mic (such as SM57) generally gives less 'detail' to a voice or instrument. Which in the case of overdriven guitar and some vocalists, is exactly what you want. Condensors tend to emphasise 'detail' in certain frequency bands which may or may not be what you want. It all depends.

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If you want to get just one good preamp, go for the Focusrite ISA220, it sounds amazing, I thought SM57's were shit till I heard it through it...the EQ is also very good, particularly suited to vocals and accoustic guitars. It also makes a great DI for guitars and bass.

I will be happy when I have the Brauner VM1, thats the vocal mic I'm after....if you buy one of them I'd record at yours for 150 a day :D

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If you want to get just one good preamp, go for the Focusrite ISA220, it sounds amazing, I thought SM57's were shit till I heard it through it...the EQ is also very good, particularly suited to vocals and accoustic guitars. It also makes a great DI for guitars and bass.

I will be happy when I have the Brauner VM1, thats the vocal mic I'm after....if you buy one of them I'd record at yours for 150 a day :D

Very true that the SM57 only comes into its own with a decent pre-amp. My old set up sounded shit. I kinda blamed the qual of the mics sometimes but since Ive had a decent pre-amp and a good A/D interface it all sounds 100% better. Prob true of most mics - you can only get the best out of em if the rest of the set up is decent.

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I am quite happy with my pre amps for most applications. However with voice. I would prefer something which is a bit more specialised and seperate from my A/D converters.

I will proably get a tube pre amp of some kind soon and if I get into recording people seriously/regularly I might concider buying a Shure SM7 (used by numerous popular artists on recordings and people rave about it).

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Yeah this will be for vocals, acoustic guitar and hand percussion. I was looking at the rode NT1A due to the low noise floor and I don't really need features like highpass filter coz I'd do that in software anyway and have more control...apparently some of these cheaper chinese made large diaphram condensors like Samson's are actually ok for the price though...

You could try the sontronics orpheus. Good price. Good features. Sounds a bit like a neumann but with cut and boost and 3 polar patterns and sounds great on everything.

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You can get a reasonable sound with an SM57 on (some) vocalists, acoustic guitar (usually in conjuction with pickup and/or another mic) and hand percussion (generaly).

People have been speaking very highly of Oktava MK-012, I would recommend investigating that mic.

You can also do a lot worse than AKG C1000 for a mic in that price range.

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Mics????

F*&k the mics, Stupot, exactly where is 65 miles from Aberdeen, if you do a 6 Hours demo day for 100, I want to get in touch with you. With most of my stuff sequenced and just needing decent mastering of vocals and guitar, I could practically rattle off an album in 6 hours... where the hell are you and what's your contact details?

I'm a good few miles outside of Dundee, so I figure you might be near me?

Let me know, that's a cracking deal.

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