04 May Where is Fil?
Legit question. I disappeared. Not that you should care, but if you wondered… sick children and… Back in Black.
I’ve been stuck into re-playing/re-recording Back in Black.
It’s my obsession, but it is also more rational than simply being something I do for me: I did say it back then, and I’ll say it now more than ever: I want to nail every main AC/DC record tone down to the bone as much as possible and document it, step by step, with video, pictures (microphone positions by the inch; settings of any kind, … ) and text. This I feel is a mission I love to be in and also, in modern times, something that there is need of even for the future (documenting the classics).
It’s been days that I wanted to nail the tone 100%. Not simply “close” “yeah… almost there…” but really 100% (well, 99% will do).
I want to do one last try. I tried almost every possible combination of what I have here (in terms of, mics, position, loudness, settings, … ).
I know, the room, the mics, the outboard (console, preamps, … ). A lot of things I still don’t have (and will likely never have).
Bought a new soundcard, better than before (better mic pre’s), it’s a FireFace fourhundred:
Bought a Universal Audio professional additional DSP power box with a load of Emulation Plug ins, Studer A800 2 inch tape emulator (an emulation of an ACTUAL one that I used to have at Studio58a!).
Plus a few new microphones, including a real Neumann U67 (used extensively in Back in Black for the guitars) and some more things.
The new sound card alone brought me inches higher. I expect the UAD-2 to take me 99% there.
It includes real consoles (SSls and Neves), pre’s and compressors emulations of the super fantastic gear that was used back then, not only in Back in Black, but on countless other records including more stuff from AC/DC.
While for Back in Black MCI gear was used (an MCI Jh-500 series board and a JH-24 tape machine) the emulated SSL4000 in this bundle had the same exact components as the MCI Jh-500 series. Its equalization, mic pre’s and compressors will help me further nail “that” tone. The Studer tape emulation serves to expand further by emulating the “qualities” of tape saturation and sound separation.
Looks like this (Universal Audio UAD-2)
It’s really cool stuff. An emulation is not the real thing, but gets me closer to it and better than using nothing to revive a digital signal.
Will keep you updated 🙂