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Wally Moyers


From:
Lubbock, Texas
Post Posted 2 Dec 2016 6:38 am     Reply with quote

I've had several people ask me where and how I record my steel songs.. I have owned a commercial recording studio of one sort or another since the 70s. I started out with a little radio shack 2 track then a Tascam 4 track then 24 track 2"and now record to ProTools.. The photo is my current studio... Most of the songs I'm doing on my project are written and produced in this room.. I have sent some of the tracks to a few of my friends that have added their parts and then sent them back to me.. It's a great and efficient way to work.. Last year I moved the studio to my home so I could spend more time on my personal project..

The steel rig is pretty simple. It's my Zum Hybrid with 710s, Hilton Pedal and Phil Bradbury's Little Walter 89... The tone controls are set straight up except for the bass that is up about 1/4th.. I don't record with any effects so I can control it in the mix.. It helps me hear the tuning better while playing too.. I record using ProTools. I use two mic's, one into the center of the cone and one to the side of the cone. In the mix I blend the two to get the tone I like.. This saves me from having to EQ.. In the mix I use a touch of compression to keep it in the track but not too much so I don't loose the Dynamics.. In the mix use a little stereo reverb and stereo delay.. The delay is set to the tempo of the song. I use 1/8 note on one side and 1/4 note on the other.. The dry steel track is panned to the center.. This creates a nice wide space but doesn't cover up the natural sound of the steel the way too much reverb can...

I hope this helps and answers some of the questions you've had.. In my signature at the bottom are links to two of my songs.



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Jim Cohen


From:
Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 2 Dec 2016 8:02 am     Reply with quote

Hey Wally,

Thanks for posting that. I just watched/listened to "Let's Talk About It", which is really lovely. You have a beautiful touch and sound on the instrument. (I knew that before but it was a pleasure to be reminded of it again now.) This was particularly touching for me, as I also have a son who is a saxophonist, so that Dad/Son thing got to me... Smile

Have a great day and hope to see & hear you in Mesa.

Jim
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Dale Rottacker


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Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 2 Dec 2016 8:46 am     Reply with quote

Wally, since I’ve become aware of you, I’ve been a fan, and love everything I’ve heard you do... I’ve especially been impressed with your tone, which to my ear is about as good as I’ve heard and truly something to strive to achieve... Thanks for giving us all a glimpse into how you do what you do, and get what you get.
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Tony Prior


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Post Posted 2 Dec 2016 9:58 am     Reply with quote

Really nice Wally, but where are all the cords and stuff on the floor ? Sad

Great tracks and beautiful room as well, thanks for posting.

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Bud Angelotti


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Larryville, NJ, USA
Post Posted 8 Dec 2016 12:21 pm     Reply with quote

So Wally,
You are writing these songs as well as recording them, Yes?
Goodness, you are a talented man!
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Wally Moyers


From:
Lubbock, Texas
Post Posted 20 Dec 2016 8:31 pm     Reply with quote

Bud Angelotti wrote:
So Wally,
You are writing these songs as well as recording them, Yes?
Goodness, you are a talented man!


Thank you Bud... I'm not sure about talent but givin enough time and work anyone can get lucky every once in awhile:)
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Quentin Hickey


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NS, Canada
Post Posted 18 Feb 2017 5:31 pm     Reply with quote

First class stuff all the way Wally!!
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Wally Moyers


From:
Lubbock, Texas
Post Posted 18 Feb 2017 7:18 pm     Reply with quote

Quentin Hickey wrote:
First class stuff all the way Wally!!


Thank you Quentin, I appreciate that!
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