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Nirvana - In Utero - studio sound`

ok does anyone know what of techniques were used to achieve that weird reverby sound on that record?

Like someone said before that it was many many mics around the room. But what kind of effect could be used to achieve that if you don't have that option? Like a certain reverb, delay? Any other ideas?
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I think they also recorded onto an 8 track
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Kurt's Polychorus.

See: http://www.kurtsequipment.com/pictures/kurtspoly.jpg

In some songs he used it in conjuction w/ a small clone.
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Probably had more than a little to do with Albini's recording techniques too.
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Kurt's Polychorus.

See: http://www.kurtsequipment.com/pictures/kurtspoly.jpg

In some songs he used it in conjuction w/ a small clone.
that's not what he's talking about
the polychorus was just used for some noise fx. Not actually as a chorus.

I'd say find the right place to record. Try your bathroom or something You need a room with a nice sound to it.
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Albini

No effect pedal will emulate this. This is essentially a good sounding room and a lot of microphones picking up the reverberation.
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Read about how albini mics. This will explain everything.

Also, in the note lead to in utero kurt requested a alesis quadraverb in the studio for guitar sounds. It's in the journals somewhere.
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I don't know about the guitar sounds specifically, but i did meet albini once and i asked him about the vocal sound on "all apologies".

I noticed that on the first 1/2 of the verses ("what else can i say?") the vocals are pretty dry, then on the second 1/2 ("all apologies) there's suddenly a bunch of ambience around kurt's voice. Albini explained to me that he had 2 mics on kurt...one right in front of him and a 2nd farther away with a gate on it. When he sang louder, the gate opened up and that 2nd mic became activated, picking up some of the natural room reverb. I thought that was pretty fu¢king cool.
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I don't know about the guitar sounds specifically, but i did meet albini once and i asked him about the vocal sound on "all apologies".

I noticed that on the first 1/2 of the verses ("what else can i say?") the vocals are pretty dry, then on the second 1/2 ("all apologies) there's suddenly a bunch of ambience around kurt's voice. Albini explained to me that he had 2 mics on kurt...one right in front of him and a 2nd farther away with a gate on it. When he sang louder, the gate opened up and that 2nd mic became activated, picking up some of the natural room reverb. I thought that was pretty fu¢king cool.
Hero's by bowie was done the same way except with 3 mics...
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damn that 2 and 3 mic usage idea is brillliant, must try that some time, all about thinking outside the square
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It's just about room reverb, with lots of mics. Kurt used his Fender Jaguar with a Dimarzio Super Dimarzio pickup into a 135-watt Fender Twin Reverb. His effects were Boss DS-2 distortion and Electro-Harmonix Poly Chorus (used for Radio Friendly Unit Shifter and Scentless Apprentice)
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Actually, I believe for In Utero, the Super DiMarzio was replaced with a Seymour Duncan JB (the bridge remained a DiMarzio PAF)
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Actually, I believe for In Utero, the Super DiMarzio was replaced with a Seymour Duncan JB (the bridge remained a DiMarzio PAF)
oh dear god, this is splitting hairs.

the sound of that album has very little to do with guitars, amps and effects and EVERYTHING to do with Steve Albini and his recording techniques.

I'm not a huge fan of Steve's sound, but he is an AMAZING producer who has a real feel for the way it should sound.
Who would argue that In Utero "SOUNDS" really alive and real. It doesn't sound polished, but it doesn't sound like a cheap demo either...

the drum sound to that album has a lot of inpact on the overall tone of the album. I wouldn't be surprised if the drums and guitars were recorded in the same room because the guitars and drums sound like they're oscillating one another...


THat vocal effect is a brilliant idea! I can't wait to try that...
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damn that 2 and 3 mic usage idea is brillliant, must try that some time, all about thinking outside the square
Putzi asks: "Hello Tony! I've seen an interview where you talked about the making of "Heroes"...very interesting! the thing with the microphones!".


Tony Visconti answers: Putzi, I get stopped on the street about the 3 microphone technique used on Heroes. Basically, I used the whole concert-hall of Hansa Studios in Berlin to get David's vocal sound. But the middle and rear microphones only switched on when David sang loud.

here's where it's from
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Actually, I believe for In Utero, the Super DiMarzio was replaced with a Seymour Duncan JB (the bridge remained a DiMarzio PAF)
The PAF was in neck position. This is just your belief, many reliable sources say that the JB wasn't installed until the In Utero tour, though the guitar wasn't used on the tour. In any case, a JB's tone isn't that far from a SD's tone. The amp and recording technique has more to do with it.
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