Here's the first, but this is just the set up I used when recording this tune, The Garden, back in 2001. Older stuff, but I'll get more up-to-date when I post another one of these in the near future (I hope!). I moved on and now do computer recording.
What type of guitars
1 acoustic, 1 electric
What brand of guitar
- what type of pickups on electrics, acoustic pick-ups
Acoustic -- 1999 Taylor 714ce w/Fishman blender p/u (p/u not used in the recording, though)
Electric -- 1979 Les Paul "The Paul" solid walnut w/standard stock humbuckers
- nuts, bridges
The Taylor had a Tusq nut and saddle (I changed the saddle to bone last year). The Les Paul has a Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar.
- string gauges, plectrum (heavy or light) thumb pick or finger pics etc
I use Martin MSP4100 (lights) on the Taylor and Ernie Ball Super Slinkies on the Les Paul.
60mm (orange) Dunlop Tortex pick on the electric, fingerstyle on the acoustic (except the acoustic lead track in the middle)
Settings on Electrics -
- bridge, neck, or in between
Bridge p/u w/the tone dialed down to 4.
- what type (dynamic, condenser, ribbon etc).
- brand (instrument and vocal)
Neumann TLM103 and AKG C 414 B-TL II
- position(s) for recording
Acoustic: TLM103 positioned approx. 1ft. away and aimed at the 10th fret, TL II positioned approx. 3 ft. away and aimed behind the bridge.
Electric: TL II set to hypercardioid and positioned to catch the reflection of a wall in a corner.
- Tascam DA78HR (digital 8-track tape) (1)
- Mackie 1202VLZ (12 channel mixer)
I fed the Tascam the signal from the mixer using an analog 8 ch. snake.
I used a line out from the Mackie to the line in of my computer to make the mp3.
- Nothing in-line between the acoustic and the recorder, just microphones
- Electric amp used was a Lab Series L11 200W SS head, using an Acoustic (brand) 4x10 cabinet.
Amp set to CH 2 (overdrive), but only a small amount of channel gain.
* How many vocal and guitar tracks did you use?
Acoustic: 2, Electric: 1, Lead/hilight Acoustic: 2 Bell: 1, BGV's: 3. Wait! That's 9 tracks. I actually used the bell on one of the tracks that I later used for the lead/acoustic hilight part.
What was the bell? A wine glass filled with enough water to tune it to an E note!
* What bit rate and other recording details, mono or stereo etc.
All acoustics in stereo, electric in mono, vox in mono. Digital recorder set to 24 bit, mp3 encoded to 192kbits/s.
* What FX (effects) - the brand, and what you used eg chorus, reverb, compression etc and roughly how much.
TC Electronic M2000 used for bgv and guitar reverbs. Electric lead reverb was a mix of the on-board spring reverb of the Lab Series and the added reverb from the M2000. Yamaha SPX90 used for heavy flanged acoustic chord at the end of the tune.