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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Nov.03.2006 @ 12:51 PM
How did you record things like that for SMG 6.6? that seemed to work out well.

Nov.03.2006 @ 2:28 PM
Chris Randall
I had a pair of Shure KSM44 back then, and I used them in a traditional overhead configuration.

In reflection, I think I might resort to just editing out the attack, BT-style. I'm trying to keep production to an absolute minimum on this album, but needs must...



Nov.04.2006 @ 5:08 AM
Maybe if you struck a small piece of rubber or felt or something that was taped to the metal surface it would reduce the "ping" of the attack but still give a good, solid sound.

I'd say this or some other low-tech material treatment might be more fun than audio editing.


Nov.04.2006 @ 12:13 PM
Did you try not hitting it as hard? A softer hit would get more of the body of the sound, less transients and overtones.

Nov.04.2006 @ 8:30 PM
I've always found that omni room mics are the best at capturing exactly what something actually sounds like. Iwould try that, maybe in combination with the room damping someone suggested earlier, before, I didi that kind of computer editing. They don't even need to be expensive omnis. the avensons would work fine for that application. Or, if you have any variable pattern ldcs, just set them to omni and they will work fine, too.

Nov.05.2006 @ 9:51 PM
Have you tried a PZM? Radio Shack sells one called a Boundary Mic. $40.

Or you can get fancy and buy a Crown or something.

Worth a shot.


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