Sorta M/S witha Durham

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I have the [Cathedral Pipes] Durham – feckin’ lurv it!

I’ve been doing a lot of sorta M/S*, using various dynamics (lately a EV E609 or a AKG D1000E) for the mid and a MXL 860 for the side (not a bad ribbon, the best part being it’s diminutive size).

The Durham lets me use any pre I want, so I can use older stuff like a 1589b (Altec) and get a strong signal that I can hear in the cans, even when I’m sitting next to the amp (I leave it set up onna Pro, Jr. next to my mix position).

And it really does seem to “clarify” the signal somehow …

*I often take the ribbon track and delay it .01 or so seconds, double it and phase-reverse the double and bring those tracks back up under the dynamic-mic track, and not always panned LCR, either.
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The Hungry Drunx: “You Think You Know (Dub’d)”

You Think You Know
c. ’15 The Hungry Drunx

Hey,
you think you know what she’s gonna say
Because you hear her every day
You think you know what she’s gonna say
Because you hear her every day
what she’s gonna say

Alright. now
You think you know her

Hey, you think you know what I’m gonna say
Because you hear me every day
You know what I’m gonna say
everyday

Alright. now
You think you know me
Alright. now
You think you know her, we see

Hey you don’t know what were gonna say
Don’t know what were willin’ to pay
You have no idear how we pray
everyday

Alright. now
You think you know us
Alright. now
You think you know her
Alright. now
You think you know me
Alright. now
You think you know her

Drums: Snarl
Bass: HnrB2A2-Brick-dbx160XT
Vox: M500-VC1Q
Gtrs: SG(meat-MultiPlxr-Axle-QSB2)-ProJr-D1000E-PM1000-Sym522
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vlayman; THD; blog; TFP

The Hungry Drunx: “Birds”

Birds
The Hungry Drunx c. ’15

Stretchin’ out my feelings
Tryna get ’em to fit into yer bag
It ain’t gonna be easy but it
don’t hafta be bad

Layin’ off my gamblin’
Tryna save it all for you
Stop alla my ramblin’, momma
Tryna save it for me, too

Hear that fuckin’ whipoorwill
Like to drive me mad
Hear all them lovey-doves a-cooin’
It just can’t be bad

I don’t even drink no more
Altho’ I guess I gotta confess
It ain’t because I pass the tavern door
And I ain’t drink no less

Hear that fuckin’ mockingbird
Like to drive me mad
Hear all them lovey-doves a-cooin’
It just can’t be bad

What’s it take to keep you girl
Every woman I know’s a mystery
But I’m a bet I out-drink you honey
On my way to misery

Hear that fuckin’ old barn owl
Like to drive me mad
Hear all them lovey-doves a-cooin’
It just can’t be bad

Drums: Snarl
Bass: Hnr2BA2-VC3q
Voc: SM7b-VC1Q
Gtrs: SG(meat-MultiPlxr-Axle-QSB2)-ProJr-D1000E-PM1000-Sym522
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vlayman; THD; blog; TFP

New Vlayman album: *Mercenary, Mercenary*

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1. Mercenary, Mercenary 04:25
2. Pop Song 03:52
3. My Piece_w_Grankspoine & DonnS 04:11
4. Time Left 03:46
5. Yer Done 03:50
6. Knot4Granx 04:20
7. The Rose Men 03:56
8. Sad Songs 03:33
9. Waste 03:07
10. Shadows (dispel) 04:11

Part of my personal 12 step program:
1. martoonies; 2. martoonies; 3. wank; 4. write; 5. record; 6. mix; 7. post; 8. martoonies; 9. listen/edit/re-post if nec.; 10. martoonies.released 21 July 2015

Grankspoine & DonnS on # 3 (all but bass vox & drums, and drums, respectively, reflectively and thankfully not me)
All else is Vlayman, who sincerely sorta apolojeezes.
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The Hungry Drunx: “The Eternity Shift”

The Eternity Shift
c. ’15 The Hungry Drunx

Satisfied in my mind that I did all I could for you
That I did all I said I would for you
for you
That I did what I know I should for you
for you and me, too

I’m goin’ out leaving behind all my friends and you
Who maybe ain’t wunna them, is you
Who maybe won’t regret the end, will you?
Who maybe only pretends as I did you

CH 2x
I guess yer gonna feel real hip
I reckon yer gonna love this gift (shit)
I know you’ll reap all the benefit
As I go to work on the eternity shift

There wasn’t much I ever asked you to say
Pretty sure I was you never wanted to stay
Pretty sure because of how you always got her way
Pretty sure you never loved me anyway

Pretty sure you never loved me anyway

Ch2x

Drums: Snarl
Bass: Hnr2BA2(EHXmeta-BassSqz)-Brick-dbx160XT
Gtrs: SG(QSB2)-ProJr-E609-ISA1
Vox: M500-VC1Q
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vlayman; THD; blog; TFP

The Hungry Drunx w/ Mark Cline: “Not True”

Not True
c. ’15 Vlayman

Aaaah, you wanna tell me how it works
Oooh, yer gonna tell me how it feels
Heeey, yer gonna break it on down for me
Yeah, you say yer gonna make it real

All I know is that coming from you
It’s some kinda not true

Sooo, yer gonna take me inside
Noooow, I’m gonna learn how it be
Woooah, yer gonna keep me alive
Yeah, I guess I gotta wait to see

All I know is that coming from you
It’s some kinda not true 2x

Aaand, we been around the place
Aaand, we went around bend
Nooow, I’m gettin’ in yer face
Hoow, doya want this to end?

All I know is that coming from you
It’s some kinda not true 2x 8x

Drums: Snarl
Bass& Vox: Vlayman
Gtrs: Mark Cline
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vlayman; THD; blog; TFP

Pre’s and comps, again

In response to a TOMB question re whether the writer should purchase certain pre’s and compressors, I wrote:

If you intend to keep doing as you have done, then obtaining gear might be fun but not necessary.

Workflow-wise, if you like the sounds you have recorded, you may just be doing less adjustment if you continue to bring tracks to a “proper” studio.

Or not necessarily, and you may decide you don’t like the sounds you committed to, especially when using an arguably very colored piece of equipment like the UA stuff you list.

Finally, as a dedicated bedio-recordist, I can comment that the ISA1 is a very nice piece of kit, and unlikely to be “too much” in its coloration – I love mine.

Re the FMR gear, I really like the RNC as a clean and transparent compressor on vox, and the RNLA as a more colored compressor on vox and also on electric guitar amps.

Re Universal Audio pres, I prefer and own the UA110, more or less the solid state version of the 610 and use it on everything except drums (which I record on a Zoom R16); I also like the 710, which can be very flexible due to its combined S/S and tube topology. I have never been able to justify to myself the cost of the 610 or LA610, me, as so many nice pre’s and channel strips can be found for less than US$500 (used) – I use a Brick when I want an obvious and wooly tube sound for, say, DI bass or vocals, and a VC1Q when I want a channel strip (quickly set-up, convenient, nice tone and bright green!) or a Eureka (a total understated joy.)