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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by drumsound » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:00 am

vvv wrote:
Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:22 am
In the latest George Pelecanos book, The Man Who Came Uptown, "tree" is the characters' slang for that what they smoke to get high.

Didja actually get anything audibly usable? (As opposed to, say, psychologically or motivationally usable ...)
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I love this story. Did the tree produce anything audible?

Also, what if you cranked the gain and detected something subharmonic resembling speech coming from the tree? Who man, whoa...
It was a beautiful breezy spring night. We got great fluttery leave sounds.

I did not do a sub-harmonic check for speech, but I don't think the 635a captures much below 50hz anyway...

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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by drumsound » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:08 am

Dave,

I forgot to mention, I once got to do chimes as well. They do add an epic quality.

I'm trying to remember how I miced them. I played the song for clients recently, and they thought it was marvelous. I had vibes, bells and chimes (in addition to normal band instruments and vocals).

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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by ubertar » Sun Dec 16, 2018 12:53 pm

Pretty much everything I do falls in this category...
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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by Dubmaniac » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:32 pm

My most unusual instrument I've tracked was a set of ankle bells on an teenage girl during her graduation performance from classical Indian dance school. I used a couple of PZMs on the stage. If I could do it again, I'd tape a wireless lavalier to her leg and EQ out a lot of the high end that lavaliers tend to have in abundance. Oh, and there was an Indian group performing as well, with the usual tablas, sitars, etc. This was so long ago that I tracked it live to 2 track cassette!

More recently, I recorded an album for a Brazilian singer/songwriter. The first track featured acoustic guitar, drums and bass, but also featured a small hand drum and a giant drum called the Surdo. It sounded like an acoustic 808 kick drum! Eduardo told me that Surdo in Portugese means deaf.
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Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by MathewRes » Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:57 pm

Had to laugh a little at the drummer but GM always talks sense, plus its all about getting the right sound out of the instruments. I dont think he even mentioned EQ or fixing anything later apart from the vocals?

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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by digitaldrummer » Sat Jan 19, 2019 9:52 am

one of the "noise" bands i recorded had a large garage door spring mounted on a piece of 2x4. there was a guitar pickup attached to it as well but it had gotten damaged and we didn't get any output... so I had to mic it. I honestly don't remember what I used, but I think I put a pair of condensers of some kind on it. The spring was under a little tension and would get scraped with other metal things... spooky stuff.

Another time a guitar player had a little toy electric drill (Playskool I think...) he would hold near the guitar pickups. just had a mic on the amp, but the sound sure was interesting...

And once a guitar player had some kind of old tube/tape delay. At the end of a song we noticed it was picking up some local AM Mexican radio station so we kept it rolling and that was the fade out for that song...

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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by drumsound » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:49 pm

digitaldrummer wrote:
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And once a guitar player had some kind of old tube/tape delay. At the end of a song we noticed it was picking up some local AM Mexican radio station so we kept it rolling and that was the fade out for that song...

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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by Randy » Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:39 pm

Cockatiels. I used a ribbon mic (one of the Tape Op group buy mics). I never finished the project. I was going to do a fake New Age album with soothing classical guitar and rain sticks with the shrill hateful sounds of angry cockatiels. Thing is, my cockatiels would go into soothing, sweet songs when the mic was near them. I could never get them to swear like they did when they were just hanging out. I taught them to say things like "fucking fuck fuck!" and "god dammit!" When the mic was near them they would say all the sweet things like "hey, skinny!" and "buddy buddy buddy" and "rubbie?"
not to worry, just keep tracking....

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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by vvv » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:59 am

"rubbie?"?
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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by drumsound » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:05 am

Randy wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:39 pm
Cockatiels. I used a ribbon mic (one of the Tape Op group buy mics). I never finished the project. I was going to do a fake New Age album with soothing classical guitar and rain sticks with the shrill hateful sounds of angry cockatiels. Thing is, my cockatiels would go into soothing, sweet songs when the mic was near them. I could never get them to swear like they did when they were just hanging out. I taught them to say things like "fucking fuck fuck!" and "god dammit!" When the mic was near them they would say all the sweet things like "hey, skinny!" and "buddy buddy buddy" and "rubbie?"
Please tell me you didn't have a mistress named Ruby. :P

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Re: Tracking Unusual Instruments

Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:57 pm

Randy wrote:
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:39 pm
I was going to do a fake New Age album with soothing classical guitar and rain sticks with the shrill hateful sounds of angry cockatiels.
:D :D :D :D :D I love this so much.

My mom has a cockatiel, ms morespace likes to flirt with him, and when he's being charming he makes these super sweet r2d2-like arpeggios of sound. However when he's in a feisty mood, "shrill" doesn't even begin to describe the horror. So much screaming 3k I can't stay in the same room with him.

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