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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Mark Linett Thread on: April 17, 2007, 10:27:03 AM
Thanks. I've got another question, this time much more relevant.
I'd like to spend $1500 on some plug-ins for my digital home studio. I've been looking into it and I absolutely want to get one of Universal Audio's UAD card packages (probably the UAD-1e Expert Pak for $1000). I'd also like to get a good reverb plug-in. I've been considering Altiverb ($520), which I know you are a proponent of. My only dilemma now is that, looking at the statistics on the Universal Audio website for their UAD plug-ins, it looks like I'll be using all of my available DSP very quickly, especially since I'm recording at 24/96. Therefore, I'm thinking it might be better to get two UAD cards and forget about Altiverb. My question, then, is, have you used Universal Audio's Dreamverb plug-in, and if so, how do you think it compares to Altiverb? I know it's not convolution reverb, but the reviews (mainly what I've seen on the UA website) seem to be pretty glowing.

Also, assuming you even use them, how many UAD cards do you have; and in your experience, on a typical session, how quickly do you use up all of the available DSP? I guess it varies a lot from plug-in to plug-in, but I'm a little concerned about some of the stats I'm seeing. For example, the 1176LN supposedly only gets 8 instance counts per card at just 44.1kHz, the Neve 1081 only gets 3, the Roland Space Echo only gets 2, etc. I'm guessing at 96kHz these would decrease greatly.
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Mark Linett Thread on: April 13, 2007, 12:27:08 PM
Hey, Mark. I've got a stupid but practical question for you. Is your last name pronounced li-NET or LI-nit?
3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Other Spector projects besides Back to Mono set on: March 19, 2007, 08:00:30 PM
I for one am a HUGE fan of Death of a Ladies' Man! It's seriously one of my favourite albums. The Dion album (Born to be with You) is incredible as well. He did a full album with the Ramones (End of the Century), not just Rock 'N' Roll High School. The album as a whole isn't amazing (I think primarily due to songwriting, rather than Spector), but R&R Radio, R&R High School, and their rendition of Baby, I Love You are so amazing that they fully justify purchasing the album. Let's see, there's also the album the The Checkmates LTD (Love Is All We Have to Give). I know one of the songs off of that album is on the box set, but I don't remember which one, maybe the title song. It's a solid album, but I wouldn't call it groundbreaking. It's worth checking out, however--especially for the title cut and the Hair suite. There's Menlove Ave. by John Lennon (outtakes from the Rock & Roll sessions, many of which are produced by Phil). I have it but haven't yet listened to it, so I can't comment. There's Some Time in New York by John and Yoko. It's got some great cuts, but is a little boring overall for my tastes. He did CO-produce the entire All Things Must Pass album, obviously a MUST-HAVE if you don't already, as well as Concert for Bangla Desh. He also co-produced Seasons of Glass by Yoko Ono, which is wretched in my opinion, but I'm sure many people probably love it, so check it out and don't take my word for it.
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Best vinyl versions of BB albums on: January 24, 2007, 03:57:39 PM
I might add, you can easily find sealed copies of Love You for under or around $5.00, so I wouldn't get anything but sealed if I were you. The only drawback is that 99% of the sealed copies are cutouts.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / Welcome to the Smiley Smile board / Is there anyone besides me... on: November 15, 2006, 04:00:51 PM
...who thinks the new layout of the main page just looks terrible. I mean, I don't want to sound like too much of an asshole here, but I've been here quite a while and feel like I have the right to say something. Seriously, it's ugly, BUSY, and full of more advertisements than information about the Beach Boys. It just looks like a bunch of garbage, and because of that I don't even go there anymore. Is there no way to get the old layout back? Why was it changed to begin with? It's a shame, because there's some great stuff, like the Desperpedia, the SMiLE page, the essays, etc., but I'm afraid all of that will now be lost in the mess of that page. It already has been for me. That page looks worse than my bedroom, and that's saying quite a bit.
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Harp Magazine's 50 Most Essential CDs Since 2001 on: October 11, 2006, 08:38:11 PM
Tom Waits-Alice, sucks.......Smile is a much better choice........PMcC

Huh?!!!!! I LOVE that album! Perfect from start to finish, and "Barcarolle" gives me chills every time I hear it, especially followed by "Fawn"! Do yourself a favour and give it a second chance. Then you can come back and thank me. Wink

But I do have to say, as much as I love The New Pornographers, to say that Twin Cinemas is more essential than SMiLE is say the least.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: Everyone's myspace on: October 09, 2006, 06:50:54 PM
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: END OF AN ERA on: September 29, 2006, 09:01:13 PM
Speaking of which, how's Western looking these days, Josh?
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Butcher Cover on: September 29, 2006, 08:59:44 PM
Fantasyland Records on Peachtree in Atlanta always has a few Beach Boys vinyl boots. I saw Adult Child ($25) when I was there a few weeks ago.

I saw a butcher cover at the Atlanta Record and CD show last Sunday. I didn't look at the disc, but the cover was in pretty rough shape. I think they were asking about $150 for it. At that price, I would assume the record is pretty bad.
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Stephen Desper Thread on: September 21, 2006, 02:34:16 PM
Mr. Desper, glad to see your back and doing okay. I think I've got a solution here that would free you from any legal troubles. What if the virtual surround sound versions of SF and SU *just happened* to be stored on your personal computer (as lossless WAV, FLAC, or SHN files, of course), and *just happened* to get leaked, via a peer-to-peer file-sharing network, such as Soulseek, *unbeknownst* to yourself, into the hands of the general public. Do you cach my drift?
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The many instruments on SMiLE on: August 30, 2006, 07:53:21 PM
Well, as much as I would love to discuss how terrible the Harpsichord and especially tack piano sound, I'll go back to the topic at hand.
There is also, off the top of my head, marimba, steel guitar, French Horn, Hammond organ (which actually was real), tympani, cabasa, claves, shaker, power tools, glockenspiel, clarinet, jew's harp, various whistles...
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The *official* Brian/BB picture thread on: August 07, 2006, 07:12:26 AM
Does anyone have a high resolution picture of the Brother Records logo?
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / The Beach Boys Media / Re: The *official* Brian/BB picture thread on: July 26, 2006, 01:03:59 PM
Has anybody seen my copy of Pet Sounds?

I have one that you don't have! Greenlight Series vinyl reissue.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Atlanta smilers, come meet Stephen Kalinich. on: June 24, 2006, 08:13:03 PM
Damn it! I'll be out of town. I really wish I could be there. He's definitely one of my favourite Beach Boy lyricists. Actually, he's one of my favourite lyricists period for that matter. Well, let us know if he ever makes another appearance over there.
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Can Brian still do falsetto? on: June 20, 2006, 05:34:30 AM
Darian was, I'm sure, referring to the "columnated ruins.." part. On the second half of the song it was Brian singing solo, until the second tour where Jeff began to double Brian (probably because Brian could never consistently hit those notes.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Your preferred 'smile'? on: June 19, 2006, 06:55:42 AM
I just made a new mix a couple of weeks ago. I believe it's almost perfect. I tried to do something that would have actually been plausible and I tried to stick to the twelve track list as much as possible. I used no fan mixes or combinations of demos and backing tracks, and everything is mono, except for a few songs which are only available in stereo, which I converted to mono. The only major liberty I took was using the Sunflower "Cool, Cool Water." Tracklist is as follows:

Side One
01. Prayer (GV box version)
02. H&V Cantina Version w/ fade
03. Worms w/ fade and chorus with "bicycle rider..." vocals
04. Wonderful
05. Bicycle Rider theme from H&V Sections--the one that's instrumental with the piano and all the cool percussion stuff.
Immediately at the end of the bicycle rider theme, where that last note is held out, BOOM!--right into the Child chorus (fits PERFECTLY!), and then Brian's mix of Child, replacing the final chorus with the fading tag (This song had to be converted to mono. I used the mix found on MOK's version. I don't know where it originated.)
06. Old Master Painter (Mark Linett Rough Mixes version)
07. Cabinessence (20/20 version, converted to mono)

Side Two
01. Good Vibes
02. The Elements
-Vega-Tables (box set version, but with Smiley a capella "I know that you'll.." added just before the other "I know that you'll...," just like on the Smiley version.
-Holidays (Mark Linett Rough Mixes version w/ tag)
-Wind Chimes (box set version w/ tag)
-Fire (SOT mono version w/ sound effects w/ H&V intro and w/ IWBA/Friday Night as tag--H&V intro and IWBA/Friday Night had to be converted to mono)
-Cool, Cool Water (Sunflower version converted to mono)
03. You're Welcome
04. Surf's Up (Surf's Up Version converted to mono)
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Dennis' Son Comments... on: June 15, 2006, 07:51:56 PM
Well, I don't think anyone is implying that they're a substitute, but I, too, agree that it would be very nice, and quite possibly the "next best thing."
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Capitol Press Release for "Pet Sounds" 40th Anniversary & "GV" CD Single on: June 15, 2006, 07:49:57 PM
Well, I guess I have to buy this for the Good Vibes promo film (which I still haven't seen, believe it or not!). How long is it?
19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: First Pics of Beach Boys Capitol Get Together on: June 14, 2006, 06:15:28 AM
Another news story with more quotes. I'm not sure how to interpret Mike's response to a question about whether the hatchet had been buried by saying the hatchets are in his back.

You can see him say that in the video (see the other thread), and he laughs and says "Just kidding" after saying it.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Beach Boys and 666 on: May 30, 2006, 06:30:35 PM
Are those quotes from Phil Spector's kids legitimate?
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / Ask The Honored Guests / Re: The Stephen Desper Thread on: May 30, 2006, 06:20:24 PM
I believe it's mentioned in his book Recording the Beach Boys.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Is this for real?! on: May 28, 2006, 01:56:02 PM
Mike was definitely still smoking pot at least into the early seventies, and in the Beach Boys show at the Filmore where they appear with the Grateful Dead in (I think) 1974, Mike's laughing up there on the stage, having a good time talking about how they were all stoned on the tour bus or something like that (it's been a while since I listened to it).
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Flame/Spring on: May 23, 2006, 06:23:35 AM
There's a The Flame album on ebay right now, ends in six days, starting bid $10.00. It will be a great opportunity to get it cheap if you don't mind having one in not too great condition (the seller says VG-).
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian in new issue of Rolling Stone...interesting... on: May 19, 2006, 09:53:29 AM
Someone should donate a harpsichord and an old conslole piano for putting tacks in the hammers to Mark Linett's studio! ...seroiusly
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Flame/Spring on: May 19, 2006, 09:48:00 AM
You can find both of them every now and then on ebay. Just search every day and they'll eventually come up. Pretty expensive, though, unfortunately.
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