Show 241 – Interview with Joe Gilder

This week Jon interviews Joe Gilder.
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9 thoughts on “Show 241 – Interview with Joe Gilder

  1. Hey guys, here’s a random request for advice: How would you dirty-up an acoustic guitar? I’m talking about Soundgarden, Black Rebel Motorcycle club-type sounds. Are those sounds pedals, or tape saturation, or what? Thanks!

    Josh

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  3. Hi,

    I love this podcast and am glad I found it. Thank you guys for the hard work.

    I have a blog where I compare the original versions of metal albums vs. the remastered ones at equal volume. It is absolutely imperative that both be played at equal volume because as we know, as humans, we tend to favor slightly louder versions of the same music. I’ve tried to do this by ear, but it becomes very difficult because the remasters have lots of low end and the originals have more high end. I’ve used the TT dynamic meter range, free G Sonalkis and even the dfx rms buddy to accomplish this, but RMS can only be monitored in real time. I need some kind of RMS monitoring where I can listen to a 10-second clip, stop it, and then get the average RMS decibel rating for that 10-second clip I played. With the above 3 plug-ins, you can see the dB rating move up and down with the music, but doesn’t give me the average for the selection I played. If there is a way to do this, I would be able to compare both the original and the remaster at the exact same average RMS dB rating. I apologize in advance if I screwed up some of the technical terms!

    any suggestion would be appreciated
    jim

  4. That was a cool episode! So true about tracking and arrangements… just makes everything so much easier down the road…

  5. Hey guys, I heard a few shows, seems like maybe you can help with some issues I’m having.

    I’ve owned a studio for a bit over 15 years now, recording solely to tape. Never used a computer in the making of an album. Never had to, and the people that record with me don’t want to either, I suppose. I’ve used Reaper to mix things for video games and commercials and such, but I’ve never recorded using it.

    So, there are two things that I’m not so sure about.

    I have an upcoming project that will require me to do some overdubs on a recording that was sent to me digitally. They files are 96/24 WAV files and when I import them into Reaper, the upper right corner of the program says:

    48kHz 24bit WAV: 2/2ch 1024spls ~41/174ms WaveOut

    Does this mean that Reaper is resampling the files down to 48/24? How do I make Reaper not do that? Would that be because of my computer’s sound card?

    Second, and maybe related, I need an interface to get audio into Reaper. I’ve looked around and can’t seem to find an interface without preamps; I already have loads of great pres that I would like to use. Does such a thing exist? I’ll just be doing guitar overdubs, so two channels would suffice. The guitar parts that I’ll be adding are mostly background and incidental, and this kind of situation doesn’t come up that often, so it’s not necessary to buy the most high-quality gear. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 looks about right price-wise, but it has a bunch of features that I don’t need. I haven’t heard the Focusrite pres, but am willing to bet that my API’s sound better for electric guitar.

    Oh, one more thing: whenever I’ve done digital mixes in the past, I was able to get away with using headphones. But not this time. So do I send the line outputs of my interface to my speaker amp? Does it become the audio output of my computer?

    I know you’re probably in disbelief that someone can know so little about digital recording. But it’s just not a part of my life, and my clients and I are normally quite happy with my tape machines.

    Thanks for whatever help you can give.

    – Jason

    • Hey Jason
      Go to project settings and you can change the project sample rate to 96kHz. Reaper is great at realtime resampling but best-practice is to keep recording at the same sample rate for all files.

      For the interface, there aren’t many that are just line-in. Preamps are provided as a convenience but they do sound pretty decent. In the case of the 2i2 you would connect the API preamps line out to the front jacks with a TRS cable. There’s a switch to select line or instrument level. The gain knob would be fully counterclockwise to not add any additional gain.

      Line outputs go to your speaker amp. The monitor level on the interface becomes the preamp level for the amplifier, fully clockwise is unity.

      You can set the interface to be the master audio device for all sounds on the computer or just set reaper to use it. Your choice.

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