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A lot of you guys listened to my recordings that I made on my minidick. Well I was just out in my shed/studio practicing and doing some recording, and this time I monitored through the minidick with headphones as I was playing and Voila instant improvement. I can't believe how much better it sounds when I actually listen through the headphones as I'm playing. I feel stupid, but you never know what works.

 

As I'm listening I can now change the mix of guitar and voice as I play, and back off a little bit when I hear distortion, and.......my singing sounds better. There's still some kind of rumble, that I can't quite figure out where it's coming from, but damn. It sounds better! I'll have to go back and re-record all those songs, and maybe I'll even turn off the air conditioning this time. :D

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Leave the AC on. It'll act as a natural dither and improve the quality of the reverb tails recorded on your minidick.

 

:D

 

Best of luck!

 

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guerrilla recording techniques.

 

or is that gorilla recording techniques?

 

you decide ...

 

or do you?

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Uhhh, your miniwhat??

 

I admire your self-acceptance; most guys would never admit to such a thing.

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Yeah, I guess those headphones really bring the sound right up in your head so you can hear every little detail and out of tune note. The weird thing with singing while monitoring via headphones is the phase relationship between your voice and the headphones. I have yet to experiment with this, but I have noticed it changes your perception of the sound of your voice quite substantially, which, in turn, causes you to sing differently according to what you hear.
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Originally posted by jmitch:

Yeah, I guess those headphones really bring the sound right up in your head so you can hear every little detail and out of tune note. The weird thing with singing while monitoring via headphones is the phase relationship between your voice and the headphones. I have yet to experiment with this, but I have noticed it changes your perception of the sound of your voice quite substantially, which, in turn, causes you to sing differently according to what you hear.

Yeah that's it, it brings everything right up into focus. It was really bugging me because I'd play something and think it was spot on, and then listen and it would suck. Now I can tell when it sucks. I really think now I can get a decent enough recording out of this setup to make a self produced CD. I need new guitar strings, a little more quiet, and some doctoring in Cool Edit, maybe a little reverb, compression, noise reduction, and I'm there. It's not going to ever sound like a studio produced record, but I like the immediacy, and presence of this approach, and it does give a fairly accurate picture of what I really sound like, live.
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Yeah, that's nice. The intimacy is kind of nice too. It's not like a perfect, sterile, heavily produced recording. Minidiscs are great. I have on, I just need one with an optical connector for digital transfers. I can't be bothered to loose quality and increase noise via an analog transfer. :D
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I have noticed it changes your perception of the sound of your voice quite substantially
I heard that your own perception of your voice comes from you feeling the vibrations in the jaw bone as opposed to actually listening to it. I'm not sure if thats true or not though.
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Yeah, that's definitely part of it. That why when people hear they're voice from a recording for the first they think "Wow, I sound like that?", as someone else pointed out in some other thread.

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Leave the AC on, or at least do alternate takes with AC on/off. I like that sound, does that make me a pervert?

Hey man, you are responding to Wewus's minidick thread... of course you are a pervert!

 

True confession: I have a minidick too! I built a "stealth" microphone which is basically two omni condenser capsules concealed in a pair of walkman headphones. The recorded sound is very 3D, a bit noisy as my Sony only puts out 1.5 Volts to power the condensers. I really should build a better preamp.

The omni stealth setup is pretty much a "binaural" recording system. I have used ambient sounds I have recorded on the minidick on tracks and the stereo field is vast...

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