Friday, June 26, 2009

Daddies Junky Music

This is something that has bothered me for a number of years. I LOVE going to music shops, and I do spend a lot of money at them. However, The service generally sucks. The store I am picking on today is Daddies Junky Music. I should mention that I am primarily referring to the Manchester location since this is the one I frequent the most.
Now, I understand that a majority of the employee's that work here are making less money then what I made at my part time job in high school but that doesn't mean that they get the right to be mean. They are just sometimes the rudest people and have no sense of customer service. They think that because the work at a music store they are automatically given some license to be rude to people. They also think they know more then you.. and let me tell you... they don't.
I recently went looking for a Shure SM57. If you don't know what one is, then you need to read up on them... but basically it is the most popular mic...ever. It is like looking for a Fender Strat or something like that (if you do not know what a Fender Strat is, then well... Maybe you can get a Job at Daddies). So I am getting off topic; anyway, I asked if they had an SM57. Then proceeded to tell me how that was a piece of junk and I needed to get a *(&&***** instead (i wish I could tell you what he suggested but stopped listening to him). I wanted an SM57 I know they are not the best mic, i know they are overrated, I know all of this... but everyone NEEDs to own a few; just like you NEED to have a strat. It is just standard equipment.
Lets get to the major problem of the customer service, it is not that they should not suggest other pieces of equipment but it is that he is wrong. Just wrong. The basis of his evaluation was that "everyone likes sm57s; so I can't like SM57s" You know the type. They need to not like something just because other people like it.
Now, you might be thinking you disagree with me, you might think SM57s suck, well I agree with you... I own quite a few mic that are cheaper and better. but you NEED SM57s.. go buy one!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone

The MXL 990 Condenser Microphone is a must have for any band or do it yourself recording person. It is a cheap mic with a great sound. If your band is doing a DIY release and thinking of recording on your own, use this mic. It rocks. Just make sure you have phantom power!
I used this mic in combination with a Roland VS-1880 and was very please with its performance with recording a wide variety of instruments and vocals. I started off by using in on a vocal track.
For vocals the mic is great. You definitely need to get a pop filter or you will peak the meters on your P's. The mic has no color added and it will sound exactly as your ear hears it. Don't expect for the MXL 990 to add color like a tube or ribbon mic.
Next I tried this on a bass and electric guitar. It worked for both very well but much better on the bass. I experimented with a number of different locations but I could never get a great sound on the guitar. For the bass though, no matter where the mic was placed, the sound was great.
Wanting to see how this baby would be as a solo mic for a band to record an entire album, i tried it on the drums. I used two of these as overheads and got pretty much what I expected. the snare and cymbals rang out and the toms were very soft in the mix. next I tried one mic placed about 20 feet away from the drums and 3 feet off the ground. BOY WAS I SURPRISED. The drums actually sounded pretty good. It would not be the way i would normally record drums but if you NEEDED to , you definitely could record the drums this way.
if you are looking to buy one take a look at Musicians Friend....

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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