recording musical saw?

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by kjfarley, May 5, 2008.

  1. kjfarley

    kjfarley Guest

    Does anyone have experience recording the musical saw? I'm going to be recording my grandfather-in-law (playthesaw.com). I''m thinking to approach it like a string instrument (violin), possibly cascade fathead(s) or blue bluebird.

    What do you all think?

    Thank you in advance...
     
  2. taxman

    taxman Active Member

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    Where do you find good saws now? Isn't Disston out of business?
     
  3. kjfarley

    kjfarley Guest

    He rocks a Stanley... I'll find out the model... nothing special. It's the bow.
     
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

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    Excellent.

    Only those with real knowledge of this instrument would know the most important part.

    Saws will 'woof'....more than a Violin. You want to watch for that. (Its where there is a harmonic overtone that becomes louder than the root note.)

    A ribbon will work well for this. The Cascade is a good bet if there isnt a Royer available.

    Like the bow, its simple......placement and gain is everything.
     
  5. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

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    With unusual instruments and sounds (and I record lots of weird things when doing Foley and Sound FX) I like lots of mics if I have the option. When a person is playing an instrument or manipulating something for a sound effect in addition to the "best mic in the best position" I like one over the shoulder, another in an odd close-in position and especially a - preferably stereo - room mic. Lots of interesting results.

    Just my 2 ducats.
     
  6. kjfarley

    kjfarley Guest

    Thank you very much for the responses. I'm most likely goin g to use Cascades, plus perhaps a bluebird and some 57s.
     

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