I got to eat my words

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I got to eat my words

Postby watertore » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:07 am

I recently have been fooling around with amplifying my harp (played on a rack) with my real time one man band. I only have one guitar amp, a princeton reverb, and use it for my guitar in my 1 man band set up. I record everything live(drums and ride cymbal on my feet) so I was having to run the guitar direct into a solid state preamp that is crystal clean. Today I decided to run the harp into it and try out an amp simulator that is in my samplitude recording software. I set the amp to a vintage class A with a 4x 10" speaker cabinet, a shure 57 on the front and a large diaphram condensor on the back. I figured this thing would sound terrible. A virtual amp, mics, mic placements, are you kidding me?? I am from the days when amps were real.......... Anyway I have to eat my words. I dig the sound of this thing. My mic is a $5.00 homemade tie clip mic hooked up to a rubber beer can cooler that is attached to my harp rack. The vocal mic picks up a lot of the muffled acoustic sound of the harp and the tie clip mic picks up the vocals as well. Going through the amp simulator it gets real muddy and bassy. I try to mix a middle ground so the vocal and harp both sound pretty good. So what you are hearing is a mix of amplified and acoustic harp. Walter

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Re: I got to eat my words

Postby watertore » Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:43 am

I ran my beer can cooler on the harp rack through a amp simulator plugin that is on my recording software. I am wondering how the harp attack would work going direct into a recording preamp and then to the interface? The problem with the plug in amp simulator is what I hear when I am playing is a muffled acoustic harp. I am also still trying to isolate the harp rack mic from the vocals. The vocals are super muddy/distorted on it and it can really mess up the vocal sound. I want to be able record amplified harp without buying another amp. Currently my 1 man band set up consists of - harps, 2 guitars, guitar stands, PA, mic stands, bass drum, snare drum, ride cymbal, drum pedals/hardware, keyboard, keyboard stand, guitar amp, and cds. I was thinking if I could run my harp/guitar through some kind of box direct to the recording gear (PA for gigs) I could lighten my load some. If so, I could probably get 2 of them. I am getting too old to be lugging all this gear around! Thanks. Walter



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Re: I got to eat my words

Postby watertore » Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:37 am

I put a shure 57 into an empty paper towel roll(lined it with an old winter hat I had laying around) and hooked this to my harp rack. I laid the mic parrallel to the harp with the capsule around the middle holes. I plugged both ends of the paper towel roll up with paper towels and ran this to preamp and then my recording interface. Again it was a pretty clean sound and somewhat compressed. On mixdown I used the guitar amp simulator on my recording software to get it broken up. The 57 did not pick up the vocals near as much as the tie clip mic. Walter



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Re: I got to eat my words

Postby watertore » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:58 am

I am continuing to use a shure 57 stuck in an empty paper towel roll that is lined with cloth and attached to my harp rack. I stuff the ends of the roll with foam to get compression. I am running this direct to a recording preamp and then adding a plug in amplifier simulator on mixdown. Walter

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