Balloon Bass

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  1. DavidSpearritt

    DavidSpearritt Well-Known Member

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    Wondering what the best mic and preamp would be good for a balloon bass.
    http://www.balloonbass.com/recordings.html
    I am thinking of throwing money at this, so Senn's and Millennia might be the go.
     
  2. Zilla

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    The Senns will just be too "processed" sounding. You will really need a NU47, as this will be the only mic which will do that latex resonance justice. External clocking will also be manditory as this helps compansate for slow session deflation.
     
  3. ghellquist

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    No, I think the only thing that can be recommended is a vintage Reisz microphone. The square form will counteract some of the rounder sides of the instrument.

    For more info, you may check page 7 of the Neumann book.
    http://www.Neumann.com/book/book.htm

    Gunnar
     
  4. DavidSpearritt

    DavidSpearritt Well-Known Member

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    I've heard these are best used for pop music.
     
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    I would have thought that the new Violet Desigs ear shaped capsule would be perfect for this..

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  6. Cucco

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    Hmm - perhaps some of the following:

    1 - a crown SASS-P placed inside the resonator balloon.

    2 - an earthworks mic placed in the arse of the player, using his body cavity as the resonator - standing sessions only, Stedman poop-filter a must.

    3 - Doesn't Schoeps make an attachment for that??

    In any case, you're going to want to have a Focusrite Platinum series compressor/inflator handy to ensure that the balloons are squashed as much as possible without affecting their dynamic range in the slightest.

    Also, bear in mind, the maximum SPL of this instrument is somewhere in the magnitude of 10 to the 23rd power dB at 6 meters (C-weighted of course!) So, high voltage mics and amplifiers are a necessity. Something on the order of the new DPA teravolt systems should suffice (with the appropriate nose cone accessory of course).
     
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    NOW yer talkin, alright!

    I think you'll need need to run at 24/192 sample rate to get this done properly, though.

    And make sure the paint roller is for LATEX based paint, not oil!



    "220, 221....whatever it takes! "
     
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