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Video Ideas / Re: 4-track album spotlight
« Last post by Casio Cool on November 18, 2018, 04:43:55 PM »
Here is a podcast episode that covers Tobacco’s process on 4-track.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/song-exploder/id788236947?mt=2&i=1000374541556
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Video Ideas / Re: 4-track album spotlight
« Last post by Stefan Paul psychboy86 on November 16, 2018, 11:35:52 AM »
That would be really cool! Maybe a series that focuses on how the four-track shaped the sound of each album...

I love the sound of The Clientele album "Suburban Light" which was done on a Portastudio -- and I think the limitations of the four track shaped the early sound of the band... although I read in an interview somewhere that they had it mastered at Abbey Road -- I'm sure they could make anything sound fantastic.

Merge has some info on the recording of this album here: https://www.mergerecords.com/suburban-light-reissue

And here is a review that I wrote about this a few years back that was published in a record store 'zine. I'd thought about reviewing albums on Youtube and maybe just reading aloud reviews like this -- but I realized Fantano does that and I don't think it's wise for me to be a music critic and an original artist... I'd piss off too many people!

In honor of Record Store Day 2013, the folks at Monster Music & Movies asked me to write about my favorite album for their zine. Thankfully in 2014 the folks at Merge Records reissued this gem on vinyl. Here's what I wrote:

  Rain, fuzzy nighttime lights, the space between the country and city that turns into free association reminders of the magnificent beauty whose heart is worth stealing.
  This is Suburban Light.
  Lyrically, there's a cool, intelligent distance that turns around on a dime leading to heartfelt, sensitive emotions. There are walks through the dark October lanes that flood the depths of the heart as the hands of two people touch.
  The Clientele did not make sense until I entered a subconscious zone of half-awake, half-dreaming as I listened and drove on a rainy weekday night. It could be a scene in one of these songs . . . looking at mundane routines with a sharp eye, adding meaning to ephemeral activities, even if it's only existential ennui.
  The years worth of despondent longing that glimmer through each vocal inflection makes Suburban Light, to my ears, the finest hour of The Clientele -- and all of indie rock. I know exactly what is being felt just by the sound of this singular, evocative voice.
  Suburban Light was my introduction to this band that has many fine albums and EPs. The melodies have never escaped me since I've heard them.
  "I have never really been here if I am alive," Alasdair MacLean sings on "I Had to Say This" just before the drum pattern shifts the songs into another gear. I've always been amused by the nearly inaudible guitar intro that kicks off the album. By the time the volume is adjusted the entire band is in and I always want to start it over to hear those first shimmering notes.
The sparse drumming and melodic bass fits between intricate lead guitar that I may never figure out. As my musical ears grew up they did a double-take and asked: "What the hell is he playing here? This shit is brilliant!"
  At times Spanish style leads drift out of the 'verb-drenched, icy-electric tones that sneak into lovely backwards guitar on reversed tape.
  This could be from any era: a long-forgotten late-1960s group (as I initially thought), '80s indie rock or something released yesterday. It was in fact recorded on lo-fi tape machines in the late 1990s.
  This isn't an album in the proper sense...it's a collection of mostly 45s put together as The Clientele's first long player.
  "Rain" is genius. It has a 6/8 time signature. I've asked them to play it both times they've performed in Charleston. Much to my dismay, MacLean told me the song is too difficult to play live. But that dismay vanished the instant their set started. It vanishes each time I hear this record. The Record Store Day folks need to come to their senses and release this gem on vinyl.
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Jay the Wizard Is In / Tascam 424 mk3 not recording on channel 4
« Last post by Stefan Paul psychboy86 on November 16, 2018, 10:51:53 AM »
Jay,
I wanted to ask you about this 424 I picked up on ebay recently for a pretty good midnight bidding price. It showed up and I was so excited to upgrade from my 414 (this only has a low and hi EQ on the mixer, but those two midrange knobs on the 424 are where it's at!) but it turns out this 424 doesn't record on channel 4, although I can get a line level signal. I've tried to route all the inputs and still nothing records onto Channel 4. I cleaned the tape head and all those surrounding parts, like Mike's cleaning video shows.

I work with a few electronics gurus at my job, and when I explained to them what the problem was they said it's definitely the tape head that needs to be replaced. I just wanted to get your input on this since you know a lot about 4-track recorders and my co-workers are coming from more of a general electronics perspective.

thanks,
Stefan
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2nd Annual Fall Song Challenge / Re: 2nd Annual Fall Song Challenge is here!
« Last post by Eric on November 14, 2018, 02:26:00 PM »
Hey all,

I have a late entry to the Fall Song Challenge.  My house is being renovated and my 424 is boxed up, so this was recorded on my computer.  I hope to do 4-track versions, but I didn't want to wait for that.

https://soundcloud.com/fileundercire/sets/fall-song-challenge-2018

This is the first thing I've recorded in many years, and I realized how rusty my performance is.  I had to rely heavily on punch ins, unfortunately.  Hope to improve this, and learn how to mix and master better once my gear is set up again.  Thanks to Mike and everyone else in the challenge for the inspiration to do this.  Good to hear all the completed songs.

1. Recording medium (I'll be doing digital demos and 4-track finals) -- recorded on my laptop
4. Genre -- I was going for a sound like late 80s alterative rock.  They are instrumental so I wanted a sound like a Smiths or Cure B-side.  I also wanted something that can be played by a 3 or 4 piece band live.
5. Mastering -- didn't spend too much time on this; could surely be improved
6. Don't buy anything new
Gear used:
Kiesel HH2 guitar through a Korg Pandora PX2
Dell laptop w/ Focusrite 2i2 and Ableton 10 (That Ableton Shit...)
"Session Dry" drums and "Electric Bass" programmed in Ableton


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Video Ideas / Re: 4-track album spotlight
« Last post by mike on November 14, 2018, 09:50:34 AM »
Dope! I'll check it out!
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2nd Annual Fall Song Challenge / Re: 2nd Annual Fall Song Challenge is here!
« Last post by Jason on November 13, 2018, 07:28:14 AM »
Hello 424 nerds, I know I'm late to the game but I finally finished my challenge.

Recorded on a Tascam 424 cassette recorder and mixed on Logic.
Gear used:
Hammond M3
Tama drum kit
Fender Squire bass
Crown Les Paul copy
Roland TR 707
Casio CZ 101

cheers
Thomas Marin
North Anchor

https://soundcloud.com/northanchorproductions/sets/witchs-soup-ep-by-eye-silver

This is really rad! It sounds so great. Favorite track is Lagoon Nebula, love the drums.
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Video Ideas / Re: 4-track album spotlight
« Last post by Casio Cool on November 12, 2018, 09:03:46 PM »
No problem.

In addition to that list, I think Tobacco makes all of his music on 4-track as well.
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Video Ideas / Re: 4-track album spotlight
« Last post by mike on November 12, 2018, 10:42:58 AM »
That's a great idea. I actually started doing this with Roman Candle but for some reason abandoned the idea of doing more reviews.

I think it would be cool. Thanks for the list of awesome starter albums for the series!

https://youtu.be/ssboC9V-h-M - Roman Candle Review
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2nd Annual Fall Song Challenge / Re: 2nd Annual Fall Song Challenge is here!
« Last post by North Anchor on November 12, 2018, 12:12:36 AM »
Hello 424 nerds, I know I'm late to the game but I finally finished my challenge.

Recorded on a Tascam 424 cassette recorder and mixed on Logic.
Gear used:
Hammond M3
Tama drum kit
Fender Squire bass
Crown Les Paul copy
Roland TR 707
Casio CZ 101

cheers
Thomas Marin
North Anchor

https://soundcloud.com/northanchorproductions/sets/witchs-soup-ep-by-eye-silver
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General 4-track Discussion / Need help from Intel Based Mac user
« Last post by exodus on November 10, 2018, 12:09:41 PM »
Good morning all.

Any of you guys who have an intel based mac... I need some help.  I don't have an intel based mac and I need to take a short segment of audio from a drone track and loop / stretch it using Soundmagic Spectral.  Would anyone be willing to help me do this?  Soundmagic Spectral is a free download. 
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