Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Please consider registering
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope


Forum Options

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Cold Frosty Morning, Old time/Irish reel
Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 Topic Rating: 5 (1 votes) 
Kent, Washington USA
Honorary tenured advisor

July 22, 2013 - 9:30 pm
Member Since: October 14, 2012
Forum Posts: 550
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Hi all,

Here is my attempt at an Old time/Irish reel called Cold Frosty Morning, with some more adjustment/refinement to recording hardware, microphone distance/direction as per @DanielB for better noise and tone control.

Thanks all,



California, the place of my heart
July 24, 2013 - 12:42 am
Member Since: January 11, 2012
Forum Posts: 4168
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Wow...listen to that .. Robert.. you are really getting faster and faster... and coming up with good tunes to share.  I can feel you dedication to these songs.. the sound is good too... good job.. (yay whatever would we do without DAN!!!!)

I am not blowing smoke up your.... I don't have any critique... as it is all way / months ahead of me...

Keep playing..keep posting..
Good Job.


Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

Southern California

July 24, 2013 - 8:18 am
Member Since: May 13, 2013
Forum Posts: 256
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Nicely done Robert!  Thanks for posting this....I'm inspired!

And the recording sounded really good what kind of recording set up were you using? 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

Kent, Washington USA
Honorary tenured advisor

July 24, 2013 - 8:30 pm
Member Since: October 14, 2012
Forum Posts: 550
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks for the kind words, @coolpinkone and @Ginnyg.

There still are quite some more works for the setup. I use a condenser mic fed by a tube preamp to my computer mic input (try to set it as line in, but still fairly noisy). I'm still experimenting with the mic distance and angle, per @DanielB in one of his posts, as those would affect the mic frequency range favor.



July 24, 2013 - 9:24 pm
Member Since: May 4, 2012
Forum Posts: 2379
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I think you're def on the trail of a good sound, Ratvn.

One thing to remember about "good sound" though, is that not everyone likes the same thing.  So go to please yourself first, and then some listeners, and you should be good to go.

"Good sound" works and lets the playing come through without any huge blemishes.  "The Perfect Sound" is a chimera that life is just too short to spend time chasing. 

If your machine does not have an actual line-in jack, the cheap and easy fix (assuming you are using a desktop and have at least one slot open) is to buy a soundcard with a line in and pop it into your machine.  Used ones that can do a reasonable CD quality often go for less than 10$.  If you're using a laptop, there are other options that aren't too expensive either. 

But you also may be able to fix that small distortion problem you're hearing by just finding the right combo of the slider on the computer and the output knob on the preamp.  Like with everything in recording, it can take some messing around and experimenting to get everything sounding the way you want.

But to my ears, your recent efforts are sounding good!  Good job!



"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

Tennessee, USA

July 24, 2013 - 11:44 pm
Member Since: May 17, 2013
Forum Posts: 277
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I agree, sounds good man.  I'll give you a nickel to turn off the background track though.  Maybe play it through headphones so we can REALLY hear you.  From what I could hear though, you're WAY ahead of me as well!!!  Good job!

There is no failure, only results.

The Paris of the Prairies Saskatoon SK Canada
July 25, 2013 - 12:10 am
Member Since: February 2, 2013
Forum Posts: 88
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Love this tune!  another superb job!  Wish I could play that well.  Can you give us the sheet music.  Hmmm I guess I could look it up, duh!


Cindy aka Helvetika

Kent, Washington USA
Honorary tenured advisor

July 25, 2013 - 12:38 am
Member Since: October 14, 2012
Forum Posts: 550
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks all for the kind words.

@DanielB: thanks for your advice and reinforcement to the recording issue. I voted for you to be the head of our Audio Recording Department.

@wookieman: just a penny would be enough. I may have to make 2 versions, one with and one without backing, lol. Keep practicing, you will be there, ahead of me, very soon. I got a head start by several months though.

@Helvetika: thanks for your nice comment. I got 3 different notation sheets for it (and as usual, they are not identical, note for note). I will PM you those, let me know if you did not get them. I learned it partially from the sheets and partially from the track.

Thanks all.




Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 231
Currently Online: Gordon Shumway
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
Today goettjp
Upcoming HP, UtahRoadbase, Briant, wendym, ElisaDalViolin, Faith, Raven
Top Posters:
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2673
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
Kevin M.: 1969
damfino: 1913
cdennyb: 1814
TerryT: 1726
Ferret: 1575
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 2
Members: 21811
Moderators: 0
Admins: 8
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 58
Topics: 7798
Posts: 97475
Newest Members:
redswitches, feliciasz16, phyllisop4, Annetteaderfory, Michaelnem, rjcvfchuryic
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 14344, KindaScratchy: 1733, coolpinkone: 4168, BillyG: 2880, MrsFiddlerman: 1, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, SimplePressHelp: 0, peopleshost: 0