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It's the CEILING fan!

Postby playingdead » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:27 pm

This has been driving me nuts, since we moved to Austin, I have a studio set up in a 12X12 room upstairs, but, you know, it's Texas and hot in the summer, so I always have the ceiling fan on. When I was dialing in the Jerry tones on the new AxeFX I was getting this weird warbling chorus sound through the speaker ... same thing through my Vibrolux ... and the same damn thing with a Nord Electro. Figured it must be weird power or something, since it doesn't happen at rehearsal, but I just noticed it with my Martin D-41 tonight.

It's the frigging ceiling fan, it makes a little Leslie type effect when it's running. Bizarre! I've never noticed that before.

I'll tell you exactly what it sounds like, too ... those GD 1970 acoustic set tapes, the boards, you can hear this sort of chorus sounding thing on the acoustic guitars where the notes are ringing with a little warble to them. I wonder if they had a fan running up there. It's not the fan itself, it's the air being circulated, and I would guess it gets picked up by a mic just as well.
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby mkaufman » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:22 pm

Vic - so what's the status of Playin' Dead? Are you commuting?

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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby waldo041 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:54 pm

kinda like when you talked into a fan when you were a kid? :lol:

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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby playingdead » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:43 pm

mkaufman wrote:Vic - so what's the status of Playin' Dead? Are you commuting?

mk


We still have a home in Boston, and I go up to play gigs with PD. In fact, I'll be there this weekend, we're playing on the 17th at Firefly's in Marlboro and the 18th at Johnny D's in Somerville.
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby JonnyBoy » Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:47 pm

Welcome to the south, there is more than just a different approach and Mojo to things here; I have to say I have heard of this happening before, pretty funny. My ceiling fan causes a bunch of different interference, and weighing the options, I NEED THE FAN its freaking 110 degrees down here, or so it feels, and if you want your house to actually cool off, you'll use it.

With mine when switched on or off, it will pop horribly like you are pulling the cord out of your guitar. No other appliance in my house interferes with my amp, that I know of at least, and my house is modern and wired correctly. Maybe it is because they have those big 'ol motors in them practically open and exposed sending off EMF's through the air? Maybe air distortion? Don't get me lying here, but something is up with ceiling fans, I agree. The lights alone have no popping effect either in the same room.

? Maybe a part of SRV's signature sound, the ceiling fan warble. :lol:
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby RiverRat » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:32 am

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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:36 am

waldo041 wrote:kinda like when you talked into a fan when you were a kid? :lol:

peace,
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:shock: I still do that. :D
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby playingdead » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:12 am

RiverRat wrote:Vic,

Check to see if the fan has a switch to change the rotation.


Well, as all Texans know, it should rotate counterclockwise in the summer to cool, and clockwise in the winter to direct the warm air back down ...

:idea:

Not so important in New England, of course.
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby bdhact1 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:36 am

I have the same problem here in south Florida. You can't be directly under the fan or you will get the full Leslie effect. Running the fan on the lowest setting helps, but you will have to turn it off completely and set the A/C down low to eliminate the effect and stay cool at the same time. In time your blood thins and the higher than average room temperature becomes more tolerable.
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby Tennessee Jedi » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:41 am

I always wanted to record vocals thru a fan but could never get around the motor's sound ruining the FX ....
So whats the new bands name ????????
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby jdsmodulus » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:53 am

Rusty the Scoob wrote:
waldo041 wrote:kinda like when you talked into a fan when you were a kid? :lol:

peace,
waldo


:shock: I still do that. :D

but do you try to stick your finger in there? :lol:
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby playingdead » Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:45 am

Tennessee Jedi wrote:I always wanted to record vocals thru a fan but could never get around the motor's sound ruining the FX ....
So whats the new bands name ????????
:?:


My vote was for Dark Lone Star (or Lone Dark Star), but I was overruled. At the moment, it's "Deadication."
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:39 am

jdsmodulus wrote:
Rusty the Scoob wrote:
waldo041 wrote:kinda like when you talked into a fan when you were a kid? :lol:

peace,
waldo


:shock: I still do that. :D

but do you try to stick your finger in there? :lol:


Only if the blades are plastic. :P
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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby hogan » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:54 am

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Re: It's the CEILING fan!

Postby RiverRat » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:57 am

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