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Old 11-16-2010, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default George Martin and me (vocal tracks off-site in a great room)

Thanks to Yep I started reading George Martin's book "All you need is ears". On page 100 he describes the story behind his first number 1 hit "You're Driving Me Crazy" by The Temperance Seven.

They were looking for the 1920's sound - although stereo was available at that time, they all gathered around one mike, and the singer was singing though the megaphone.

You can listen to the result from youtube:

This is extracted form the vinyl, so you have the vinyl cracks there, but listen to the sound - what a lovely presence! This is what recordings in a great room with a great mic sound like!

I do my music mostly with VSTi-synths, recording only vocals, and my vocal tracks always, more or less, suck. I get mediocre results at best with tricks like using dynamic/ribbon mics, signer exceptionally close to the mic, trying to avoid the "room sound" at all costs, using losts of effects in mixing.

I would like to experiment recording vocal tracks in proper rooms. I have access to such rooms (the stairway hall at my office, a church nearby, why not the beach nearby when its not windy etc) but my problem is this:

I need a portable recording device which is able to record in 24-bit 44.1 kHz while playing back the instrumental to the singer's headphones. I want to use a proper mic so I need XLR and 48V phantom power. Ideally this device would be battery operated (the beach).

A device like Zoom H-4 N seems ideal at first, but it does not record 24-bit when in 4-track mode!

Can you recommend a recording device for me?
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:22 PM   #2
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Hi jopatius,

Have you considered a laptop with a USB I/O device (in a small backpack) and a condensor mic on a boom? Reasonably portable, protected from the elements and high quality....
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