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Recording Acoustic Percussion

Discussion in 'Percussion' started by maintiger, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    I had started a thread here the week before Chritmas on this subject. I understand some threads were lost due to a bug in the system. The topic was recording acoustic percussion and a number of useful techniques were suggested. Unfortunately I did not save the info before it dissapeared but actually between remembering suggestions and my own experience the session went real well. Thank you to all that responded. :D

    It was a Cuban project, all percussion, no trap kit- congas, bongoes, timbales, shakers, claves and many other assorted percusssion. The best tracks came across using a Rode k2 in omni, sideways about a foot above the congas. (through a sytek pre)
    It was uncanny. We did a first test take with the congas and when we played it back it was the same sound!- same with the bongoes, timbales etc- what we heard in the room was what was being played back. My only regret was that I only had 1 K2, would have loved to have been able to record in stereo- That will be remedied before the next session as I am ordering another one this week.- next session will probably be in a couple of weeks. 8)

    I am sure that using a more colored preamp I would have been able to achieve tracks with perhaps a more 'desirable' (ie colored) sound for some- but what we really wanted for this music was the sound of the instruments as they are. This was just what we got and happy we are. I also recorded a tres in cardioid through the K2 and the results were very good. I don't know what else this mic (K2) can do, but it keeps on pleasently surprising me. :p
  2. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    Thanks for the report. Hand percussion can sometimes be really difficult to capture, sounding naturally. I'm lucky that I have a nice acoustic space. When I had a smaller studio with dead rooms, it was always a challenge to get a balanced/natural sound.


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