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recording musical saw?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by kjfarley, May 5, 2008.

  1. kjfarley

    kjfarley Guest

    Does anyone have experience recording the musical saw? I'm going to be recording my grandfather-in-law (playthesaw.com). I''m thinking to approach it like a string instrument (violin), possibly cascade fathead(s) or blue bluebird.

    What do you all think?

    Thank you in advance...
  2. taxman

    taxman Active Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Where do you find good saws now? Isn't Disston out of business?
  3. kjfarley

    kjfarley Guest

    He rocks a Stanley... I'll find out the model... nothing special. It's the bow.
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW

    Only those with real knowledge of this instrument would know the most important part.

    Saws will 'woof'....more than a Violin. You want to watch for that. (Its where there is a harmonic overtone that becomes louder than the root note.)

    A ribbon will work well for this. The Cascade is a good bet if there isnt a Royer available.

    Like the bow, its simple......placement and gain is everything.
  5. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
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    With unusual instruments and sounds (and I record lots of weird things when doing Foley and Sound FX) I like lots of mics if I have the option. When a person is playing an instrument or manipulating something for a sound effect in addition to the "best mic in the best position" I like one over the shoulder, another in an odd close-in position and especially a - preferably stereo - room mic. Lots of interesting results.

    Just my 2 ducats.
  6. kjfarley

    kjfarley Guest

    Thank you very much for the responses. I'm most likely goin g to use Cascades, plus perhaps a bluebird and some 57s.

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