I have often wandered over to The Pro Audio Files for a good read and this time Matthew Weiss has written a great article on recording acoustic guitars. Read it here. I can not stress enough the importance to your career that you must keep learning, even if it’s something as ordinary as an acoustic guitar. You might even be great at it already, but it never hurts to learn a little more. Also coming soon is a lengthy article on recording vocals in a home studio. Stay tuned.
Travelling to a gig is always a concern, especially when you are travelling across the country as I recently have. In the last two weeks I have been recording in Banff, Victoria and most recently Regina. Each trip has posed it’s own challenges for transportation with the Banff and Regina trip involving hauling my gear on a plane. Going through security is more stressful than anything else. In reality I had no issues on either trip and the security check was a breeze. I followed the following guidelines when packing for air travel. Continue reading
Zoom recently announced their latest portable recorder, the H6. Now I am a big fan of the H4 (I have three of them in my studio right now) and use them regularly for field recording. The only real drawback is the fact that it’s only 2 channels. For most of my recording that works just fine, but sometimes I wish I had more. This new H6 has, you guessed it, six inputs. 4 XLR combi jacks and interchangeable mics with the option for 2 more combi jacks should you desire. I can’t wait to lay my hands on one. You can bet I will have a review coming as soon as I get one.
A simple phone message yesterday turned into a full morning of black powder rifle and pistols. The moment we got the new Latham and I were scheming up how this would all go down. Our field recording kits are always at the ready, so it was just a matter of what sound we wanted from the session. What we ended up with was 4 solid hours of shooting, chili, and great times.
It’s not everyday that you get to do a recording like this. After 6 hours of set up we had moved the piano in our rental U-Haul truck, set up the room to catch debris and improve acoustics, and get our recording set up configured. 9 mics captured the carnage as Bryan Faber took this thing down bit by bit.
For those of you wondering the mics being used were as follows
- 2x Neumann KM184′s as stereo overheads
- Rode NTG3
- Electro-Voice DL42 a vintage shotgun mic (sadly this guy took the lid of the piano to the chin)
- Shure Beta91 (aka Larry [also took a beating])
- Sennheiser MD421
- ART M-Five Ribbon Mic
- AKG D112
- NS10 woofer as a sub kick. The signal from the D112 was fed into a dual 12″ 1400W sub and miced with the NS10 woofer.
The samples recorded here will be available for purchase in an upcoming release from my sister company. Details to follow!