Posted on May 11, 2002 09:42 pm
Member Since: May 11, 2002
I have visited your site before, under a different name, but forgot the password...
Sorry to flood this forum with a stack of questions, just answer what you feel like.
I play in a band that is interested in recording in an outdoor forest. The majority of the material we will be recording is acoustic (which is where we are having the trouble), the rest is metal, which we want a dirty sound for, so no drams there. We have found the ideal spot, but also come up against a number of problems. The quick ones first:
1. Power - I don't know if anyone has any advice, but we need to take a source of portable power to run the 4-track and amps. Originally we thought a car battery with a power inverter, as this would be silent, but this seems a bit roundabout. The location we are recording in would have to be the most silent place I have ever visited, so any kind of noisy generator would be out.
2. The site has these really cool acoustics, like this eerie reverb/echo, but outdoors amongst the trees if you can imagine that, it is so clear. We want to capture this - if our ears can hear this, will a single mike pick it up just as well or will we need to stereo mic everything? If we stereo mic instruments, does this mean we will be close-miking and not using a distance mic? Would we still capture the acoustics of the place if we used a single close mic and a distance mic?
3. Say we had a song that had 2 acoustic guitars playing at the same time and we wanted to record them one at a time (multitracking). If we were to use 2 mics on each (either a close/distance or stereo mic combination) - would it sound weird then combining the two tracks at mix down; would the different ambience or background acoustics mix really badly together? I don't know if this makes sense, basically I am asking can we get away with not recording both guitars at the same time (i.e. multitracking), or will it sound much more natural if we play both guitars at the same time and record them like a live recording?
4. Probably the main aim of the recording (and the main question here!) is to gain a very warm sound for the acoustic guitars, vocals and violin - we have sought of decided on a close/distance miking technique (but if anyone has any different ideas, pleas feel free...) We are using an analogue 4-track and face the dilema of choosing mics. I know you get this this question all the time, but I haven't quite located any one post that addresses the issues we face: To gain a very warm sound and capture the ambience of the forest - Should we use one mic or 2?; dynamic or condenser or mixture?; where should the mics be placed (eg stereo, close/distant etc)? and if you have any suggestions for a mic that delivers a warm sound that is quite smooth rather than crisp (and under AUS$600, about US$300 I think???)
Thanks and sorry about the length of this post...
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