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The classic Putman bathroom echo

Discussion in 'Recording' started by audiokid, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I've never used a bathroom or staircase for a reverb chamber but plan on it.

    Is this the basic process?
    Place a mono full range speaker on a stand in a bathroom and mic the feed?
    What choice of mic is best? (omni or?)

    Any suggestions or tips, placement, mic, location?

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAAoyYOYy94
  2. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    I track the bathroom a couple of different ways....

    Set up musician in tracking room, mic accordingly
    Set up stereo Blumlein in one of 4 previously mapped spots
    Close control room door, open doors from tracking room all the way to the bathroom (3 doors including bathroom door)

    Distance from furthest wall in the tracking room to the furthest wall in the bathroom; 30+56+30=~116 feet
    At ~1 ft per millisecond, that works out to ~116mS delay with a natural RT60 of ~2.5 seconds

    As a reverb chamber
    Set up stereo Blumlein in one of 4 previously mapped spots
    Put a mono speaker in the closed bathroom, aimed to hit as many walls as possible before getting to the microphone.

    Bathroom dimensions: 7x15x8
    With the RT60 @ ~2.5 seconds, it's a got a bit of a sweet little slapback...
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  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Would an SF24 would work, and be put in the bathroom?
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    If memory serves correct, I think Led Zep used this same type of principle with Bonzo's drums on When The Levey Breaks. Not that they used a bathroom echo, but they did use an alternate space in which to grab a sound that was bigger... I'm thinking it was an elevator shaft, or staircase, or something similar.

    I might be wrong on the Zep thing... but I know that engineers have used the technique of taking existing tracks and then sending the signal(s) to alternate / natural spaces for reverb/echo, and then miking the space, many times throughout history.

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