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Any tips for recording a human beatbox?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by D-Twizzle, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. D-Twizzle

    D-Twizzle Guest

    Most of the recording that I've done in the past has been hip hop vocals using a Studio Projects C1 or an MXL V67 mic that I have. I have a friend that will be coming over this weekend to beatbox on the mic. I usually have my vocalist record 6-8 inches away from the mic, but this guy is used to making out with the mic, well, at least really close to get the full range of frequency response he spits. I've never recorded beat box vocals before, do you guys have any suggestions? I also have a sm58 dynamic which hasn't seen much use, do you think that may be better?

    Any suggestions appreciated.
     
  2. killersoundz

    killersoundz Guest

    I don't know if a pop filter would defeat the purpose of a human beatbox here but it would be worth a try...
     
  3. aaronlyon

    aaronlyon Guest

    OK, I have never recorded such an artist, but here's what I'm thinking. You need to let him hold the SM58 (actually, ask him to bring his favorite mic) like he usually does, becuase the plosives created by that interaction are very important in the sound.

    Also, I would set up a large diaphragm condenser 12-18 inches away (asking him to keep his head still while he records) so you have some clean signal to work with as well.

    Then it's just a matter of engineering the best mix.

    -aaron
     
  4. iznogood

    iznogood Guest

    i'd say f*** the clean signal and stay with the 58.....it's part of the sound.....

    and to ask a beatboxer to hold his head still would compromise his work....
     
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Then put the LD in omni position 12-18 inches away and record that. If you don't need it a mix you can just delete the track.

    Saftey first!
     
  6. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    as a refrance the best human beat bow sound ive ever heard was no that new bjork album.
     
  7. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    Tell him to rent or bring his preferred mic. If he's all that, he won't have any problem doing this.

    Then, like the others, set up some omni condenser away from him to pick up a supporting track to mix in later.

    I would tell him to go with a Shure dynamic if he wants to try and destroy a mic with his talents. Good luck trying to wreck a Shure. They dunk those things in buckets of water and throw them down stairs to test them.
     
  8. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    I tried recording a beatbox one time with a Studio Projects C1 and the result was horrible. I think the guy was like 12-20" away...anyway...I probably should have gone with the dynamic hand held thing. Oh well...
     

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