Posts from March, 2008

How to record drums at home

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Pick a room you can take over for a couple days. Or better yet, weeks. Small rooms tend not to sound great, so you’ll probably be better off stuffing something absorbent in the corners. Acoustic foam, even the cheap stuff, seems to work well. Put mics all over the place — as many as you […]

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the world makes more sense on four hours of sleep

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Lots of activity here at recordinghacks world headquarters… A new feature for the microphone search engine is approaching release. Coming very soon, you’ll be able to save and share search results. Soon after that, we’ll have live search results via RSS, so you can watch new mics flow into your RSS reader. Personally I’m still […]

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ribbon mic porn

Friday, March 14th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Check it out… 30 photos of vintage radio mics on Flickr. Hmm, how would those sound on my drum kit? (Photos by jschneid) From dh2‘s photostream, this shot is gorgeous. Check out the lighting setup!

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the new gear is here

Thursday, March 13th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Our first T-shirt design has arrived! Click over to the RecordingHacks Merchandise Emporium to see the new threads. Note: these shirts include pecs! Never mind that you’ve been hunched over a console all day and you haven’t seen the sun in 72 hours, or 72 takes, whichever took longer. Slip into one of these and […]

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drum setup video

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

I recorded four songs over a 3-day weekend last October, in a room I rented from a local guitarist who built a dedicated rehearsal space about 10 minutes from here. I put a pocket camera on a tripod first, and shot pictures over the course of the day. I’m in most of the photos because […]

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

Forgive the lack of recent activity… I’m tracking a few more songs for Andrew Thomas‘ sophomore CD. I took over the den here at the house; it’s a bigger room than the spare bedroom I used to use (and which is no longer “spare”) and seems to sound better. I’ve updated a couple mics and […]

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The Mic Cabinet

Friday, March 7th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

My low-budget collection, from the top: 3 Oktava MK012s (one hypercardioid and a matched pair of cardioids, all modded by OktavaMod), Audix D1, D2, and D4 dynamics, Beyerdynamic 422, Shure SM57, Audio-Technica ATM-31, Beyerdynamic M380, Oktava MK219 (modded by Oktavamod), AT2020, AKG C1000S pair, EV 635a omni pair. In the middle: a matched pair of […]

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The World of Good Remix Contest

Thursday, March 6th, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

The World of Good is a band from Dublin, formed in 2003 by American expatriate Peter Slankster and French singer Mathieu Belledent. The single from the band’s forthcoming debut CD was chosen by AIB, the Allied Irish Bank, for use in its broadcast commercials. Listen to a sample of the single: The Roses of San […]

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more mic-sorting features

Saturday, March 1st, 2008 | by matthew mcglynn

I added a couple new columns to the search-results grid on the mic database: one each for “Large Diaphragm” and “Tube.” These are cryptically abbreviated “Lg” and “Tu” to help keep the other columns from getting too squeezed, but if you hover your mouse over them you should see tooltip popups to remind you what […]

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