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hey all

i'm getting ready to record congas for some acoustic tunes i'm doing. does anyone have any favorite mics/set-ups for recording congas?

i'm tracking to Logic Express on 1.6Ghz Mac G5. and i'm using an M-Audio Firewire 410 interface. mics: 1 large condenser, 1 small condenser, 2 cardiod (58 knock-offs). i can get my hands on 57s if i have to.

looking forward to hearing your fav set ups!

thanks,
Rado

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basilbowman Mon, 04/07/2008 - 04:16

I'd say the 57s, like a tom, but a little back to get more skin sound. But as always, make sure to play with it to get something pretty.

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malamusik Tue, 04/08/2008 - 12:17

thanks...

i was thinkin 57's too just wanted to hear another opinion...

much appreciated!

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MarkG Thu, 04/10/2008 - 04:30

I would say the 57's too.
I would normally use small diaphrams in an XY config. but I'm not sure XY would work with 57's.
I recorded some just the other day and stuck a large diaphram mic underneath as well as the 2 mics on top. I haven't mixed it down yet so I don't know if it worked or not yet. It was probably quite unneccesary!

MarkG

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basilbowman Thu, 04/10/2008 - 05:09

You could probably use it (the XY configuration) but you can also get away with just straight micing them and panning left and right or popping a stereo expander on them if you want that. I guess... Good luck,

Nathan

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malamusik Sat, 04/12/2008 - 02:37

thanks for all the suggestions... i just grabbed a pair of 57's. i'm gonna mic the drums straight and see how that sounds. i'll have an update soon...