Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I Like Mics



Tech specs for geeks.

Kick(close mic)......Sennheiser 421
Kick(far mic)..........Neumann FET 47
Snare......................Echolette 419
Tom........................Neumann U87
Floor Tom...............Neumann U87
Room (far)..............Bang and Olufsen BM5
Room (drum geek)......Sony 330



Bass..................Music Valve D.I.
Bass amp..........KMR81i



AcGuitar m/s.......AKG 414 brass capsule
AcGuitar..............Neumann KM84
AcGuitar..............Royer 122

ElGtr.................Royer 122
ElGtr.................Neumann U87SP

Vocal.................Soundelux 251/Avalon 737 Mercenary Edition/LA-2A

2 Comments:

Blogger Richter 6.0 said...

Tom, can you post some quick comments on how you generally mic a mandolin in the studio? Is it a small condenser pointed where the neck meets the body?

Thanks, Derek

19/12/08 08:13  
Blogger Tom Spaulding said...

Lots of ways to do it. Bil VornDick recommends an LDC aimed at the lower bout and perhaps a SDC aimed at the neck. It's always worth trying a mic over the shoulder, acting as if it was the player's right ear. Depending on the part, you can emphasize the attack or not by staying away from where the pick hits the strings.

It comes down to listening to the player and the instrument versus what sound you want to capture. Is it to bright? Try a ribbon. Too dark, try a SDC. All of the cliches about moving the mic an inch at a time are true, it's just something you need to take the time to do.

19/12/08 08:25  

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