Owl Creek

June 4, 2007 5:09 PM

I wrote this maybe four or five years ago. No words, just fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Minor, kind of moody.

posted by danb (11 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Sorry about the whine. I can't figure out where it's coming from. Expect an AskMe question in the near future looking for help with home recording...
posted by danb at 5:11 PM on June 4, 2007

That was pleasant.
posted by humannaire at 6:05 PM on June 4, 2007

danb! That was quite a ride. I love finger picking and love this.

I didn't hear any whine or squeal. Maybe it's a monitor/headphones near the mic during playback? Maybe I just didn't hear it.

This is my favorite or yours so far, although "punk rock Handel" was pretty damn good too.
posted by snsranch at 6:13 PM on June 4, 2007

Very nice indeed.
posted by micayetoca at 7:36 PM on June 4, 2007

Very atmospheric, nice!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:46 PM on June 4, 2007

very nice playing, and a nice progression.
i don't hear a whine, it sounds like a mic issue, but i don't know what you're using.
okay, now i hear the whine, just at the end. totally a mic/computer thing. can you give us a gear rundown?
nice job, though, regardless.
posted by chococat at 9:36 PM on June 4, 2007

just wanted to say "nice" one more time.
posted by chococat at 9:36 PM on June 4, 2007

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I'm glad the whine wasn't distracting. Be assured that it's much quieter than it was; I dicked around with the EQ and compression for a good half hour trying to snuff it without making my guitar sound, well, underwater.

can you give us a gear rundown?

Gladly! Samson C02 condenser mic > M-Audio FireWire Solo > Logic Express on a MacBook Pro.

The thing is, I don't know how to troubleshoot the problem without being able to swap out the different components -- I don't have other microphones/preamps to test. All I know is that it's not caused by the XLR cable, as I have tried a couple of those.

If I had to guess I'd say the M-Audio thing is the problem; I got it used (and cheap) from eBay. The microphone is a friend's, and he says he never had trouble with it (but also hasn't used it in a while).

At the end of the summer I'll probably have some money to burn on new equipment, so recommendations are welcomed and appreciated.
posted by danb at 10:14 PM on June 4, 2007

This is lovely, sir.
posted by coolhappysteve at 10:58 PM on June 7, 2007

(In case anyone stumbles upon this song later, here's the related Ask MeFi question about recording help.)
posted by danb at 6:31 PM on July 10, 2007

I didn't stumble. I was tripped.
posted by Eideteker at 2:09 PM on February 13, 2008

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