Recorded to 1/2" tape - original tune

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  1. flagstaffcharli

    flagstaffcharli Member

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    "King of the One Horse Town" by Chuck Cheesman

    I got to help Brud at Fremont Recording here in Portland demo his new, old Otari MX5050 1/2" tape machine this past Friday.

    I wasn't really prepared to play the harmonica, but considering my lack of polish it came out fine. We used one microphone, flat EQ, and a bit of reverb. It was a great vintage Neumann U47. I really like working like this. It's simple and the tone he got was (in my opinion) really great.

    Anybody looking to do a live vibe recording out thereĀ… I happily recommend Fremont Recording or working with someone who can do it this way in your own area.

    I'll be doing this song on my next CD, maybe adding a rhythm section and some pedal steel. Maybe a telecaster too.
     
  2. soli528

    soli528 Silver Supporting Member

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    Really nice. It has a real Steve Earle vibe to it. That mic sounds incredible (and it should!). I would've liked to hear a second mic positioned around the 12th fret on your guitar just for a bit of balance, but the harmonica and your voice are clearly the focus.
    Great work.
     
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    Absolutely love everything about it, including the choice to record live to tape.
     
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    Hey Chuck!
    Welcome back. I really liked this.
    Set up a mic, roll the tape and perform.
    Really nice on all counts.
     
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    Thanks! That's an interesting suggestion. We actually tried two mics and abandoned fairly quickly. Normally, at home, I'll do two mics - both pulled in real close. I use an AKG414 for the vocal and a Neumann SDC for the guitar, and I live with a bit of bleed.
     

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