Class #5 notes

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Monday, Feb 10th Class Listening

Jon Brion - was the original producer 
Capital Records

Marjorie Fair - band
Don't believe - song
Don’t Believe
Don’t believe a word they say
they’re only there to take you away
Don’t believe a word they say
they’re only tryIng to take you away It only feels this way
It only feels this way
thats what I tell myself

Don’t believe a word they say
they’re only there to scare you away
Don’t believe a word they say
they’re only trying to scare you away

It only feels this way
It only feels this way
thats what I tell myself

It only feels this way
It only feels this way
thats what I tell myself
thats what I tell myself
thats what I tell myself
thats what I tell myself
thats what I tell myself

drums, guitar (beatles-like sound on guitar riff)  bass guitar 
airy mid-range sounds (wah wah) fill-in made by guitar!!
lead vocal & accompanying vocals (harmonizing x2 different back up vocal sounds but same singer so mixed in later)
feedback loop -  fill allowed to grow and damper out (whitenoise)

on my way home - old school hymn like song played faintly in the intro and at the end 
made to sound like radio playing
influences:
beatles
pink floyd
radiohead - see Sigaros? from Iceland who are taking sonic sound recording to the next level

'shoegaze'? - new gendre 
recorded in 2001-2003

meloncholy vibe psychotic lead singer/song writer
no radio friendly songs
pick up note on the drum kick - pushes the ballad forward, energetic
sonic properties:  starts with very little distortion and builds up & down 
ends with lots of distortion
mp3

DI – DIRECT INPUT (removes the microphone from the audio chain) MONO

Why Mono?

mono recording - depth/room vs vocal or instrument 
(singer is tight on the mike and move the instrument around the room for depth of field)
mono recording back in vogue/ one take recordings popular
mono can be mastered at high levels
bonus - don't have to worry about phase
think about the mix as you go - mix on the floor with instruments etc rather than in post
carbon mike frequencies from 500 hz to 2500 hz=  crisp midrange

retro sound – unpredictable and cannot control levels on carbon mike

coming up next:

STEREO MIKING – WIDTH OF FIELD

XY  AB  M-S  AMBT  ORTF  BLUMLEIN

Mikes:  251, 447, 487, 467, C12 c24 AKG 414, 57,58 7B, 421,441, 44 & 77 ribbons, 121, 122 + $ 60,000.00

Mike Pre-Amps:  1064, 1073, 1081, API 50a, SSL 4000

Compressors:  LA 2A, 1176, DBX160, FATSO

Dave’s fav chain:   RCA 44 – UA610 with built in compressor – AMPEX reel tape –

BOOKS TO READ:  BEHIND THE GLASS 1 & 2

DRUM MIKING TECHNIQUES COMING UP IN TWO WEEKS

IMAGINE WHERE THE SOUND IS COMING FROM IN STEREO (IS THE SNARE LOUDER?  IS IT AT 10 OR 20)

MORE DETAILED BLIND FOLD HEARING INWARD - CONNECT WITH SOUND INSIDE 
35 MIN OUTSIDE BIG OPEN SPACE AND 35 INSIDE
30 QUESTIONS RE DRUMS RECORDING
20 QUESTIONS ON APPLICATIONS OF OF ALL OF THE STEREO TECHNIQUES:
XY, AB, M-S, AMBT, ORTF, BLUMLEIN
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