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Old 01-11-2006, 08:35 AM
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anybody have any suggestions on what type of mics to use on percussion, like jingle bells, tambourine, etc?... jingly stuff like that. also, pecussion instruments, glockenspiel (bells), xylophone, metallophone... large condenser, small condenser, dynamic? thanks!
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:24 PM
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Old 01-11-2006, 12:43 PM
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ugh, sorry. studio only.
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Old 01-11-2006, 01:35 PM
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I have had really good results with the apex 460's. Love those 9 patterns. Noise floor is a bit high but for louder perc instruments that should not be a factor.

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For those instruments, I would stick with small condensers. AKG 460 and Shure SM-81 are classics. My favorite at a modest price is the AT3031 at around $160. Very silky.
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have a couple of cad's and a pair of oktava's, but i havent really gotten the sound what im looking for just yet. maybe if i run them through a mic pre (art pro mpa is what i got)?
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:50 PM
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Maybe you can improve your recordings by treating the room around the instruments. Generally, with these percussion choices, your mics are not too close in so the room will have more effect on your sound. SOme foam on the walls or some gobos around the setup might make as big a change as getting a new mic. Just a thought.
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For those instruments, I would stick with small condensers.
I agree. I prefer the Shure SM-81, or Neumann KM184 as a second choice. Don't get the mic too close - try maybe 3-5 feet.
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Maybe you can improve your recordings by treating the room around the instruments. Generally, with these percussion choices, your mics are not too close in so the room will have more effect on your sound. SOme foam on the walls or some gobos around the setup might make as big a change as getting a new mic. Just a thought.
I agree with the above. I myself am a percussionist, and if the room is adequate and the instrument and the player are good the mic choice is more a matter of taste. I would stay away from condensers that have a harsh top end, though. And don't record shakers, tambourines or triangles too hot, the meters don't tell you everything. Also, sometimes whether you record in mono or stereo can make a big difference in how a part fits in the track.

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for hand percussion such as shakers and bells, and even big things like surdo, i prefer omni condensers. the earthworks and schoeps are particularly nice for this application, though expensive. yes, it definitely helps to have your room well-treated (and this doesn't mean just making it dead, as percussion likes to interact with its environment). if you have a more limited budget, or need to share mics with other duties (such as acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano, etc.) then the neumann km184 is a very reasonable mic, and sells for around $600 street. imho, you pretty much get what you pay for with microphones. cheap chinese mics tend to sound cheap. cheap american mics aren't a lot better... typically the top end sounds harsh and "hard."

the good news is that good microphones don't lose their value the way most other audio gear does. the very best ones are worth more than ever now. of course, this applies to the high end of old mics only... but i am very happy to have spent $1000 on a neumann u67 20 years ago!
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