Recording Glockenspiel (Bells)

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by ThirdBird, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. ThirdBird

    ThirdBird Active Member

    Dec 4, 2007
    Toms River, NJ
    I am going to be recording a bell set for a Indie/Hawaiian/Folk kind of song. I thought about just using a keyboard or MIDI sound, but I feel there is more integrity in going for the actual acoustic instrument.

    Here are my current available mic choices:

    1 LDC - AT2020
    2 SDC - Cheap Nady's
    1 SM58
    Multiple Cheap Nady Drum Mics

    Any thoughts about which mics, or other EQ, reverb, and/or compression use?

    I might also add some small xylophone parts and kalimba parts too, using the same set of mics (individually tracked of course). For those of you who want to refresh yourselves on kalimbas: Kalimba - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Thanks for all of the help!
  2. Paul999

    Paul999 Active Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Edmonton, AB. Canada
    This is one of the few things I've not recorded yet. My gut says to treat it as you would any percussive instrument. With your mic selection I'm not sure what I would use. Whatever gives you the best drum overhead sound is where I would start.
  3. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Munich / Germany
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    There are different shapes and playing techniques, beaters, ..
    With the few Glockenspiele I recorded, as Paul already suggested, like overheads, a bit lower and from front.
    The harmonics spectrum of a Glockenspiel is a bit apart from normal instruments. If you record it stereo
    you might get some phasing if the mics are a/b or ORTF. I have tried real XY with good results at slightly more distance to keep it together.
    But always try what sounds best. Any good mic will give you a decent recording. I'd prefer LDCs.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Can you borrow or rent a pair of ribbons? Fatheads or Avantones or Royer? If not you should borrow/rent a pair of quality LDC. Glock has a broad spectrum of qualities that don't treat cheap mic's well.

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