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recording a kora

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mrmeurin, Apr 20, 2003.

  1. mrmeurin

    mrmeurin Guest

    hello all,
    got a session on thursday and i need to know what is the best way to mic/record a kora for an african session i've got. all your tips and suggestions are most appreciated. thks and have a nice day.
  2. Bassmannie

    Bassmannie Member

    Apr 17, 2003

    I haven't done it before, but I have a little bit of an idea based on liner notes to a kora album that I have.

    If the kora is being recorded by itself, I would say go for a nice naturally reverberant room, and mic from a few feet away, to catch all the elements of the instrument's sound (like with orchestral instruments). Apparently, though, they're pretty quiet, so if there's a group playing together or if your room isolation isn't ideal, you may have to mic a bit closer, maybe with more than one.

    It's not too different from a lute (guitar). Just tensioned strings and a resonator (a gourd). So maybe go at it the same way you might mic an acoustic guitar. Just listen to it! I'm sure you know that already.

    Here's a picture with a kora to give you an idea if you haven't seen one:


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