recording congas

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by malamusik, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. malamusik

    malamusik Guest

    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!

  2. basilbowman

    basilbowman Guest

    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.
  3. malamusik

    malamusik Guest


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

    much appreciated!
  4. MarkG

    MarkG Guest

    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!

  5. basilbowman

    basilbowman Guest

    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,

  6. malamusik

    malamusik Guest

    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...

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