Recording A Marimba Ensemble

Discussion in 'Ensembles' started by Drewslum, May 12, 2010.

  1. Drewslum

    Drewslum Active Member

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    Hey Everyone,

    I am going to be recording an African marimba ensemble very soon and would like to see if anyone had any thoughts on set up/microphones/techniques!

    The only information I have on the set up is that there will be 8 marimbas including one bass marimba. They will be set up in an elementary school concert room, which should have a good ceiling height and a decent amount of room (I haven't heard or seen the room yet, but what can I do? ( =

    My thinking on the approach is to try and achieve the most accurate sound I can (similar to an orchestral gig). I was going to throw up LDCs as spot mics for each instrument in addition to a few room mics. But I might now do dynamics as the spot mics becuase of the percussive nature?

    I'm also wondering about the bass marimba and how I can maintain some bass response.

    I hope to hear some ideas!
    Thanks
     
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

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    I would have a stereo main pair of SDC in ORTF or NOS and LDC spots.
     
  3. Drewslum

    Drewslum Active Member

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    Awesome. Thanks for the tip! I'll give that a try then.
     
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