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Urgent.... Need suggestions for a session today

Discussion in 'Recording' started by pablotx, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. pablotx

    pablotx Guest


    I have a bluegrass band coming into the studio this evening. As I normally record rock, I am looking for ways to pull this off. The producer of the project want these guys to track "Nashville style" everyone at once and bringing the vocalist and fiddle players back for overdubs. Lineup is 1) Upright Bass, 2) Acoustic Guitar, 3) Dobro, 4) Washboard, 5) Mandolin, 6) Fiddle, 7) Vox, 8) Background Vox.

    The Vocalist is also the Acoustic player.

    I have 1 iso booth, 1 big live room, control room, and another room that I could use but rather not.

    What are some scenarios that will minimize bleed and maximize separation?

    Hopefully some of these guys can run direct, but I don't know, so I would like to be prepared with some scenarios and alternatives. Thanks for all your help.
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    The producer most likely will be resiistant to recording anuything direct .. and they instruments may not be equiped with pick ups.

    Place the players in a circle or semi circle with as much room between them as is possible. Hopefully you have a large room to record them in.

    They will likely want to record vocals at the same time they play, so be ready for that too ...
  3. pablotx

    pablotx Guest

    Should I try and use any baffles, or should I just roll with what I get?
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Bluegrass players tend to work best in an ensemble setting ... do what you need to do but be sure that the group is comfortable. Performance should not be compromised by technical considerations.
  5. Johnson Cabasa

    Johnson Cabasa Active Member

    the traditional way to record this is wthi everyone in a semi circle around one mic. the musicianas get their own balances. this is probably what the producer has in mind.
  6. pablotx

    pablotx Guest

    Thanks for your responses. Spoke with the producer and he wants to have control of individual tracks in mixdown. So it looks like I will have to mic everything up. So, how much bleed is too much?
  7. cruisemates

    cruisemates Active Member

    I have done a LOT of bluegrass. Ideally we had them all in iso booths, but I have also done it in live rooms.

    You work with what you have and make them understand that bleed is a factor if they are playing live. You may have control of the LEVEL when it is finished, but if there is bleed you can't punch in. As long as they understand that ahead of time all will be well. They will have to go for the best performance of all players when recording, and plan on mixing levels.

    It is not unusual for BG players to record vocals later.

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