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This page references links to the CD 'liner notes' for my submissions to both the 1999 rec.audio.pro compilation compact disc set, on which I have 2 songs that compare the lack of dynamics control, and for the 2003 rec.audio.pro compilation where I have one song illustrating the use of EQ on dobro as well as the lack of dynamics devices.
Go to the liner notes from the bottom of this page.
Meanwhile, here is what the CD's are really all about.....
These CD sets are compiled from the contributions of participating audio engineers from around the world. They are designed to illustrate various techniques, equipment and styles used by engineers and recordists. Some are very professional while some are... well, interesting. They are all very informative if you can 'listen' well.
The discs contain a great deal of variety and reveal widely differing results using equipment that ranges from the most expensive to the least expensive, and participants that range from the seasoned veteran to the hobbyist. (I'm certain that I will fit in there, somewhere)
It all started in 1998 with a 4-disc compilation set entitled R.a.p.CD in Blue, which proved to be quite interesting. (I wasn't on it).
The 1999 CD set, Bohemian r.a.p.CD was double the content of the first, 7 discs, and I'm happy to be there along side a few 'heavies' in the industry and other acquaintances from the UseNet newsgroup rec.audio.pro
Following the Bohemian r.a.p.CD compilation, there came another 4-disc 'r.a.p.' compilation released in 2000, R.a.p.3-times (or r.a.p cubed). I wasn't on that one either - but again I am happy to be included again on the latest compilation entitled A Fifth of r.a.p.
In the pause between 2000 and 2003, one of the group's most informative and long standing members, Scott Dorsey, assembled a 33 1/3 RPM vinyl LP record compilation to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the newsgroup. This record, adequately entitled The 10th Anniversary LP, is still available to purchase along with the latest compilation set of 5 packed CDs, A Fifth of r.a.p.
These CD sets, as a whole, are not "mastered" so as not to mask the subtleties of each individual's contribution; allowing the intimate details of the original recordings to be observed and analyzed more readily. If you have good listening abilities, there's a lot to be gleaned from the perusal of these all-volunteer projects - especially if you can have the 'liner notes' in hand as you listen to each person's submission.
These discs continually offer a chance to listen to fresh production techniques and tips from the long-time members of rec.audio.pro
Check out the liner notes for all of them and/or purchase the latest CD and LP at RecAudioPro.net
If you are an aspiring studio recordist and would like to see where you stand in relation to others, or are simply interested in different techniques and the results of using particular types of equipment, these CD sets are a limited run, educational endeavor and may be just what the doctor ordered. They are available on the Hoohah Records website or by mail order from Harvey (AKA: "The Pope" of r.a.p.) Gerst, by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the links above.
The cost of the current compilation is $20 (including worldwide shipping) for all 5, jam-packed CDs. Artwork to accompany all of the CD sets can be downloaded and a complete collection of liner notes from the submitters (containing the intimate details of how their submissions were recorded and mixed, along with details of the equipment used) can be found at:
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Select 'Disc 4', tracks 19 & 20
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"Track a dobro with EQ"
Select 'Disc 1', track 12