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MIC Recommendations for live recordings

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by teledelux, May 22, 2013.

  1. teledelux

    teledelux Active Member

    All -
    New here, and inexperienced with recording in general. I am in a fairly heavy country band (think Hank Sr and Crazy Horse), and just got a Tascam DR-100MKII to record rehearsals, song writing sessions. I want to use the Tascam to record shows as well. I do not have a big budget, so I am wondering if there are recommendations for what types of MICs I should be looking at to record shows. We play at venues from 100-200 seat up to nearly 1000 (rare, but it happens:) ), and I really would like to get good recordings of our shows. If we play a larger venue where all instruments are mic'd, I will get something off the board, but would also like to get an "audience" recording as well.

    Just in case it matters, we are a 3-piece, and I place a 2x12 '65 bassman (w/2 Scorpion Plus') on the left and 2x12 Carvin legacy (w/greenbacks) on the right, and get a pretty cool sound out in the audience. We're pretty loud for a country act, so I need to be able to handle volumes approaching a punk show.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    - Peace
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    get a beta 52 or a D112 for the kick drum, an SM57 for the snare, some kind of small diaphragm condenser mic for overheads ... take a line out of the PA for the vocals, put a beta 52 or a D112 on the bass cab and take a D/I out of the amp if you can and last put an SM57 on the guitar cab.

    That should do it!. diddlydoo

  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Using room mics I think the placement is going to matter more than the mics themselves. I would stick with the Tascam and experiment with placement. If you can't put it absolutely dead center (equidistant from left and right speakers) then place it to strongly favor one side or the other. Avoid placing it slightly off center. Too far from the speakers and you get too much room resonance, too close and you might not be catching the speakers' sound in balance with the stage volume (and it might interfere with the audience).
  4. teledelux

    teledelux Active Member

    Kurt/Boulder - thanks for the replies. I will see what the Tascam can do for me, and if needed, look at some MICs in the future. I'll also post if there is anything to report on the MICs embedded within the DR100.
    - Peace
  5. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    For recording purposes, I'd be less interested in your guitar rig than I would be in what your PA system consists of - particularly the mixer. Although it sounds like you will need two mics for the guitar amps, if you want to be able to mix the two amps on the recording.

    Kurt's recommended drum mics and DI are all very solid choices. The Audix drum mic packs are also very impressive and excellent value. The standard Whilrlwind IMP2 is another rock-solid DI if you're not ready to go top-shelf with the outstanding Countryman.

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