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Old 08-12-2015, 12:28 PM
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Hey folks. Here's a new video of three traditional folk tunes.
I recorded the video in the highlands of Costa Rica on a warm and windy day!
First tune is Scottish and the other two are Irish.



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Old 08-12-2015, 01:49 PM
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Nicely done, beautiful arrangements - where was the mic?

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Old 08-12-2015, 03:33 PM
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Thanks Sain't. The video is really just a sort of "promo" for my album. The audio was recorded at my home studio.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:03 PM
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Hey Stephen,
Congratulations, great job on both the audio and the video. Do you mind me asking what's in your signal chain?

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Old 08-12-2015, 05:35 PM
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Thanks Trevor!

It's fairly basic. I use two AT4050 mics, about 50cm apart, both panned 80% and just play in the middle. The preamps are standard Mackie preamps from their Onyx 640i and the reverb I use is a plugin called Sonic CSR.
I don't really use any eq as the sound is fairly bright as it is, but I do cut off a bit of lows

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Outstanding work on those tunes. I really like the way you let the melody out and your ornamentation is very well done.
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Thanks Trevor!

It's fairly basic. I use two AT4050 mics, about 50cm apart, both panned 80% and just play in the middle. The preamps are standard Mackie preamps from their Onyx 640i and the reverb I use is a plugin called Sonic CSR.
I don't really use any eq as the sound is fairly bright as it is, but I do cut off a bit of lows

Stephen
Thanks for sharing that info. I've recently set up a little home recording studio of my own so am very interested in what gear other players are using, especially when the results are as good as yours.
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Beautiful, really nice
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Outstanding work on those tunes. I really like the way you let the melody out and your ornamentation is very well done.
Agreed! Even on the faster tunes there seems to be space to bask in every note. Outstanding in every way, Stephen! Did you use the cardioid pattern on the 4050's? Orkney is smiling!
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Lovely, Steve - is the album out?
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:53 PM
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Thanks folks!

Curt - glad you like it. I bet your location must be an excellent place to film outdoor videos. I use the mics on Cardiod, facing about 4tf or so, tilted down slightly. That was the best setup that worked for me, although these Mics are really vocal Mics but they still sound nice on guitar.

Dcn - Thanks for listening! I only have a digital download version on bandcamp. Here's the link if you like to visit. https://stephenwake.bandcamp.com/releases
I'm also working on a small pdf booklet with tabs as a freebie. Should be ready in a week or so!

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Really nice work
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That was really wonderful, Steve! Thanks........the action/set-up on your guitar seems really really low........I'm sure this helps with those quick succession of notes in this type of playing. Bravo!
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First tune is Scottish and the other two are Irish.
Absolutely masterly playing, Steve ... you really have these triplets down, and your tone is superb.

Just one small point ... Calliope House is most definitely not an Irish tune .

It was composed (possibly in Edinburgh, possibly in America) in the mid-eighties by Dave Richardson, who originally came from Tyneside in the north of England, and it is named after a house in Pittsburgh, owned by a musical friend of the Boys of the Lough.

All in all ... it can't really be said to have a specific nationality !
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:01 PM
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Thanks folks! I appreciate the feedback.

Island guitar: Yes, my action is low. I like it like this for a couple of reasons. Like you said, pull offs and quicker notes sound nicer and cleaner when the action is low, and also I like a bit of fret buzz from time to time. I think Celtic music on guitar sounds better when it has a certain roughness to the sound (especially reels and jigs)

Murmac: Thanks for the input! I don't even know why I thought it was Irish! I just had that notion in my head (probably because it sounds slightly Irish) Dito, giving tunes nationalities is sometimes just as funny as the names they have!
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