- Some of you are sometimes using a Presonus. Have you ever tried using a laptop connected to it via firewire as a VST effects device? What are your experiences? Any tips? Things that work well, things that don't work?
I've mixed on them and recorded performances with them but honestly the effects engines in them aren't anything to write home about. They're good at what they do, but they don't really do anything beyond basic spatial effects. There was one time when mixing on a Presonus that I considered hooking up a netbook to be able to use auto tune on a lead actor who was having a little trouble with the high notes. There was too much latency though. Ideas like this are becoming ever more possible for us small fries to do.
For instance the MOTU interface I bought for work isn't just for recording. I also plan to use it as a small digital mixer for events in the church that aren't in one of the venues and as a system processor for events we do with our portable systems in other venues. I've already seen kids on club stages doing some heavy vocoding with their laptops. Things are definitely moving in that direction.
- I have a couple of cheapo K-Micro omnis [ http://www.karmamics.com/shop/K-Micro-Silver-Bullet-Drum-Pack.html ] lying around. While I love them as specialty/novelty mics, it has annoyed me at times that they're not directional. I was thinking about converting some of them to cardioids. I THINK all i have to do is drill a hole behind the membrane.. any ideas? Should I go for it or just forget about that?
That's pretty close to the mark. Part of what gives a mic its pattern is how much sound can get to the back side of the diaphragm. The side you sing in hears your voice plus noise, the other side hears the noise but in the opposite polarity and a lot of it is canceled out. That's your basic cardioid and that's the reason why dynamic mics sound like garbage when the singer cups the grill. At $99 for a pack of seven you could drill a different number of holes in each mic and come back with a detailed pattern analysis for the benefit of all!
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