Music hey does anyone know any rad tricks for recording low-fi music? (Read 1304 times)

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i wanna learn how to do this better and am sort of lost on what to do so my natural reaction is to ask saltw about it
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I have a rad keyboard (this 1), I should do more with it.
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no seriously though, the Casio SK-1 is like the shittiest sampler ever made and people like Portishead have used it
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also record a tape over and over until it's all deteriorated
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damn i found my old keyboard but unfortunetly none of the buttons worked
i'll probably look around some thrift stores tomorrow and stuff
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for reverb/some distortion, record your thing, go to a place with ideal verb and play it through shitty speakers, re-recording it. i haven't tried this, but i remember reading that black moth super rainbow or someone does it.
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I have a rad keyboard (this 1), I should do more with it.
can you play this anywhere or does it need to be in a room that consists of 1)keyboard 2)absolutely nothing but white sheets everywhere
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I like my toy keyboard, if you change the instrument while holding a note it makes glitchy sounds. So one rad trick is this: buy some toy instruments and mess around with them, if you're a electronics genius maybe do some circuit bending, record everything with a crappy microphone. I don't know how to do circuit bending but toy instruments recorded with a crappy microphone sounds like this
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oh yeah speaking of cheap microphones I have some kind of BABY LISTENING MICROPHONE like as in inside the womb and it makes everything sound all bizarre and amplified/overcompressed and I need to make recordings with it more. Also it's so sensitive you can like cover it with your hand as a natural lowpass filter
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Remove the erase head from a portable tape recorder

Make the hit singles of tomorrow
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shyGIwfPN5Q

Remove the erase head from a portable tape recorder

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Man that looks hard to do.
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I'd just suggest using digital effects and try and make at least higher-fidelity originals.
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theres a lot of really cool free VST effects that you can use to make Lo-fi stuff.  I can dig up some when I get home from work .
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Just experiment a lot. I got a Tascam Portastudio 424 about 5-6 years ago and it helped me learn the basics of recording and overdubbing. You can do a lot with only four tracks.

One trick is to try dubbing your digital recordings to a cheap portable cassette recorder (via line-in), then dubbing the result back to digital.
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Does anyone have experience with recording a guitar amp? I've got a 70s tube that makes some pretty wicked sound and produces a lot of incidental noise that I'd like to record. Do I just put a mic in front of it?
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My technique for recording guitars thus far has been this: one mic on the speaker (the actual speaker inside the amplifier) and one mic at the other end of the room, sometimes suspended up near the ceiling.

This way, you get your guitar sound, but you can mix that with the natural reverb of the room you're recording in.

As for mic placement on the amp itself, you can pivot it 45° to the left or right, but I usually just point it directly at the speaker. Be sure to adjust your gain here so you're not clipping.
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all ;you need for music is a cowbell and a delays pedal
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Does anyone have experience with recording a guitar amp? I've got a 70s tube that makes some pretty wicked sound and produces a lot of incidental noise that I'd like to record. Do I just put a mic in front of it?
While turbo had some good advice, remember that there is no perfect way of miking amps as every amp is different and there are many guitar sounds and whatnot. Placing your mic at different places of the speaker can drastically change the sound of your recording.  I would test out a few mic placements until you get the right blend of sounds you want.