With a reasonably favourable exchange rate, this Elysia museq turned out to be a genuine bargain. I mean, the Plugin Alliance is excellent anyway, but if you click on the days in the virtual advent calendar on the Plugin Alliance website, they’re taking substantial amounts of money off one piece of software for every day till Christmas Eve:
Having had a try of the museq on a mixture of sources, I’m already very very impressed. Perfect for mastering as well as mixing.
All my recording, mixing and mastering rates are now updated and posted to the Prices section here. £30 per mix, £15 per mastered track, all with plenty of discounts for multiple items, be they songs or any other pieces of audio you might have that can be uploaded online in my direction. If you don’t happen to have a Soundcloud account, I can work out alternative ways of getting audio to me.
Recording packages start at £50 for a live demo.
Must dash. I’m off for the 4th cup of tea of the day. Slow start.
Just this minute up for sale, my sE Electronics sE2000 1″ diaphragm cardioid pattern condenser microphone.
With original packaging and shock mount, along with the mic in its snug little wooden box, you’ll find it in great condition.
Before it goes on eBay, I’ll take £52 for it, and that includes shipping it to a UK address. If you’re outside the UK, drop me a message (prefadeaudio at gmail.com or leave a comment or twit me or something) and I’ll work out a postage price. I can even send you a proper invoice so you can pay securely online. Technology.
I’m open to negotiation, so don’t be shy.
It’s the first microphone I owned and I shall wipe it free of my bitter tears before I send it.
The morning of Sunday 18th August, after a fairly arduous but highly enjoyable couple of days volunteering at Corbridge Festival, Martin Fletcher, Chris James and I met at Langley village hall for the first of our album recording sessions.
The combined 80-odd years of experienced musicianship was well on display as I scurried from mixer to laptop, from interface to microphone, setting up a combined live room and control room in the wooden-floored main room of Langley’s great sounding and very usefully flexible village hall. It’s a lovely part of Northumberland and the relaxed and peaceful setting felt immediately like the right venue. Time spent researching and visiting halls and community centres in the area has paid off.
As far as gear goes, I couldn’t be happier with my two Audio Technica AT4041 mics, as a spaced pair on Chris’ guitars or shared between guitar and whichever of Martin’s impressive array of harmonicas he needs for the track.
Because it’s immediately clear that Chris’ guitar and vocal performance are best captured simultaneously, there’s going to be plenty of work to minimise spill from one mic to another. With careful placement though, the very early mixes are showing that live takes blended with some selective overdubs will give us the right balance of separation and relaxed, convincing performance.
As I expected, my Neumann TLM103 is gathering clear, rich and detailed vocals. I couldn’t be happier unless some kindly benevolent multi-millionaire hermit had donated a bunch of Ehrlund EHR-M mics or a van-load of U87s.
Keep reading here over the next few months for sneak previews, outtakes, the occasional photo and plenty of my ramblings about gear.