Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: 2006

November 2, 2006

Recording thoughts...

by Chris Randall

From the title, one might assume that I have a new method for brainwave-to-MIDI conversion, but nothing could be further from the truth. What I'm curious about is this:

I'm using a lot of non-traditional percussion and such on my current project. Everyone knows the various ways for micing a drum kit and normal percussion, but I'm finding that I'm having a hard time getting the sounds I want using the normal methods when I'm trying to record, say, a piece of sheet metal being hit with a piece of rebar. (I'm just throwing it out there as an example, of course.)

My problem is that I'm having a hard time getting the "body" of the sound; it's always so much attack that I end up having to use a really aggressive compressor setting, and I end up with a lot of room noise that has to be gated, and basically it's just a rolling clusterfuck. Is there a trick I don't know about to recording this sort of thing?


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