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POD Farm 2.5 - best presets for recording vocals and acoustic instruments?
by KevinTJH on 2013-02-08 20:47:59

I'm not good at tweaking stuff to get a good sound.

Was just wondering if anyone would be kind enough share their Microphone presets that they use to record vocals and instruments.

Perhaps upload it somewhere and send it to me via email.

kabutiah@hotmail.com

I'm more than willing to pay a couple of bucks for them or share some of my guitar presets. I have some pretty good sounding guitar presets!

I'd really appreciate any help I can get! Many thanks in advance!



Re: POD Farm 2.5 - best presets for recording vocals and acoustic instruments?
by fflbrgst on 2013-02-12 05:09:52

Record as clean as you can, then experiment with PodFarm as a plugin on each track.  Generally, you may want to add some EQ and maybe a preamp for some warmth.

There really is no 'preset' that works for everything - each vocal, instrument, microphone and recording space requires its own settings.



Re: POD Farm 2.5 - best presets for recording vocals and acoustic instruments?
by KevinTJH on 2013-02-17 02:21:19

Thanks for the response.

I'm not quite sure what you mean by recording as "clean" as I can. In terms of EQ, are you referring to the plugins you get in a DAW?

The UX2 is my main interface so I only record with it, and use it as a plugin on Logic Pro.

I'm just not good at experimenting with different preamps and settings on PodFarm. I switch between the "American Classic" and "Vintage UK" and run dual chains.

My ears can't tell the difference between the 2.

Is it normal to use 2 pre-amps (dual chains) for a microphone?

Would you be able to send me the microphone presets that YOU use for recording vocals and acoustic instruments?

I'm happy to pay for it if it's any trouble.

I'd just like to have something solid to work with.

Thanks in advance!



Re: POD Farm 2.5 - best presets for recording vocals and acoustic instruments?
by fflbrgst on 2013-02-18 06:25:16

By 'recording as clean as possible', I mean record the straight un-FX-ed signal first.  No effects or plug-ins on the channel (or if you have PodFarm already on teh channel, just turn it off)

Sorry, I don't use PodFarm plugin on my vocals or acoustic guitar tracks.  I use Reaper, which comes with a slew of free plug-ins.  Most often on guitar I use a 4-part EQ on guitar with low cut, and scooped mids (where the 'mud' is).

On vocals I often use BootEQ for it's "tube" preamp sound - it's a free plugin available for download.

For EQ on vocals, its really dependent on the mic you use, your recording environment and your voice.  For my nasally voice recorded with an AKG Perception 220 in a large room, I will boost the low-mids, scoop the boxy mids and boost the highs.  Also use a high pass at around 100Hz and a low pass at around 15K Hz.

I've never heard of anyone using dual-chain preamps for vocals, although if you get the sound you want, there's nothing stopping you from doing it.  When I tried a few of the PodFarm preamps for vocals, I didn't like the sound, but I didn't experiment too much, either.



Re: POD Farm 2.5 - best presets for recording vocals and acoustic instruments?
by KevinTJH on 2013-02-19 02:58:53

Thanks for your response.

What interface are you using, if I may ask?

I always thought that the PodStudio UX2 required PodFarm or an equivalent software to work because if I just plugged a microphone straight into my UX2, I wouldn't get any signal at all unless PodFarm was launched.

Maybe I should purchase a real pre-amp specifically for microphones?

My Rode NT1A sounds somewhat decent for clean recording (although I'm not sure how much better I could make it sound)

However, my Shure SM57, when used to record my guitar amplifier sounds extremely thin and dreadful! Maybe virtual pre-amps just don't cut it?

I use a portable isolation booth for my microphones.



Re: POD Farm 2.5 - best presets for recording vocals and acoustic instruments?
by fflbrgst on 2013-02-19 05:32:02

What DAW (recording software) are you using?  I'm not famliary with the requirements of the UX2 as far as having to use PodFarm when you use it - you could certainly turn off all parts of it so you are getting the straight signal recorded.

I use a Tascam US800 audio interface, and have also used a Mackie ProFX12 mixer with USB output (good preamps, but the USB can be noisy if the level is turned up too far).

When using an SM57 to record a guitar amp, first dial in a good sound on the amp, then experiment with mic placement.  Depending on the speaker, you may need to be closer to the edge of the cone or nearer the center.  Usually putting the mic at a slight angle helps, too, as well as moving a little further from or closer to the speaker.  It's hard to judge what's happening yourself - enlist an assistant to listen through headphones while you move the mic around, or try recording at various settings, making note (you can say into the mic something like '6 inches from the speaker, pointed towards the edge on the right') as you make each change.




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