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Darren Forbes replied to Darren Forbes's discussion Getting the Most out of a home recording in the group Home Recording
"That is very cool....I will try this out. Again, this is a great idea. Darren Stephen Boyke said:Here's a "room" experiment. Donwload a sine/square wave generator - one that lets you choose a single frequency for output. Play it…"
Mar 20, 2009
sdelsolray replied to Darren Forbes's discussion Getting the Most out of a home recording in the group Home Recording
"Here's a "room" experiment. Donwload a sine/square wave generator - one that lets you choose a single frequency for output. Play it through your monitors at, say, 100 Hz, 500 Hz, etc.. Now, for each frequency walk around the room and…"
Mar 19, 2009
Darren Forbes replied to Darren Forbes's discussion Getting the Most out of a home recording in the group Home Recording
"Thanks Ed, The room is about 8 x 10 where I have the mics. I run a pop filter in either side of the mic to dampen reflections. I would love to get one of those isolation screens. I have nothing softening the walls but I do have the window covered.…"
Mar 19, 2009
Edward Sparks replied to Darren Forbes's discussion Getting the Most out of a home recording in the group Home Recording
"I am in total agreement with Gary...the best music recordings are done as clean as possibble in the beginning...less EQ later and "messing about" with the signal you do the better everything plays out in the end! Also, your room is…"
Mar 19, 2009
sdelsolray replied to Darren Forbes's discussion Getting the Most out of a home recording in the group Home Recording
"How is your room?"
Mar 18, 2009
Darren Forbes replied to Darren Forbes's discussion Getting the Most out of a home recording in the group Home Recording
"Thanks so much Gary for your insight. I will give all of these things a try. I should post my results...current setup to new setup...Thanks again. Darren Gary Furlow said:First, do as little as possible to the tracks. If you are getting good,…"
Mar 17, 2009
Gary Furlow replied to Darren Forbes's discussion Getting the Most out of a home recording in the group Home Recording
"First, do as little as possible to the tracks. If you are getting good, clean initial tracks you should have to do little to them. You have a lot of processing before the track even enters the computer. I'd start with a clean route into the…"
Mar 17, 2009
Darren Forbes added a discussion to the group Home Recording
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Getting the Most out of a home recording

Ok,I am no stranger to technology and have been recording with a PC for a few years now. I am working with a Presonus FP10 interface a MXL 4000 condensor mic with ART tube preamps and a Presonus Vocal Compressor. I am using the latest Adobe Audition software with additional Ozone Izotope plugins.Now what rattles me is I have been playing at this stuff for a while and still can't get a consistent sound. I think, for the most part, I get a decent raw track to work with. The problems come when I…See More
Mar 17, 2009

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
10-20 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Forbes OM-1
Tokai ES335 (refitted with Gibson humbuckers, CTS pots and Vitamin T caps)
Garrison G50CE
Fender Irish Bouzouki
Forbes Irish Bodhran
Laney Acoustic Amp
Fender 2-10 Deville
What is your website address?
http://www.darrenforbes.com
What type of music do you like to play?
Folk, Folk-Rock, Celtic-Rock, Celtic-Folk, Acoustic
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Designing a Guitar Body

Like other instrument builders, I have played around with the design of guitar bodies.  I have always worked from existing standard shapes and modified it from there usually with a basic geometry set and some poster board. In 2009 I read a very cool article in AMERICAN LUTHERIE #97.  It detailed ways to use geometric principles to design a guitar shape.

So recently I stumbled upon a …

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Posted on June 6, 2012 at 11:20am

Baking/Cooking Your Tops

I build in a part of Canada that has dramatic changes in humidity throughout the year.  This has caused me some trouble when building.  It forced me to invest in some major climate control in my shop.  This way I could maintain a consistent humidity while building.  However, I find it difficult to determine the moisture content of a top and simply use "time" since I got the wood to judge whether or not it is worthy to build with yet. 

I recently started exploring the topic and found…

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Posted on May 17, 2012 at 3:56pm

Luthier work in the middle of nowhere

In 2009 I officially started a small business for building and repairing guitars. I was enthusiastic and invested heavily in getting things going since all my friends and family thought putting my luthier training to good use would be a rewarding endeavor.  So, I invested...and invested and if it was not for the fact that I had a full-time job as a high school teacher I might have had to give up something drastic like eating or wearing clothes.  I invested a lot and was disappointed to…

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Posted on May 10, 2012 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

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At 8:08am on March 17, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Great music...great voice too. I would be interested in your comments on my song "Hello Woman" on the Songwriters Group page...no midi strings on this one! Thanks for your time and interest! Edward Delete Comment
At 8:04am on March 17, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
I notice you play the boulzouki...is it tuned like a mandolin only an octave down? I am going to build an octave mando and I think that's tuned the same as the bouzouki. Also, I noted that your brother plays bass with you...I have an Ovation acoustic bass and a Hofner Icon bass, kind of like his Epi bass. I am going to take some time to listen to your songs now! Here is the address to my wsebsite, if you get a chance to visit pleas efeel free to sign the Guestbook!
Edward
http://mysite.verizon.net/emsparks/index.htm
At 7:55am on March 17, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Hey, check out "Half Open Doors" on the song review group...it's great! Edward
 
 
 

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