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Re: Recording Marimba and piano in a small room.

Postby Arpangel » Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:04 am

Joe, lots of good stuff there, trouble is it's already happening! well, most of it.
The piano is in the brightest part of the room, by a window, the Marimba is by a big sofa, on very thick deep pile carpet.
The only thing I'm not doing is to use ribbons, I have two, but they aern't a matched pair, may give them a go though.
Going into a hall would be good, I must admit, and it would simplify the recording, I could get away with using an appropriate stereo pair, probbaly. That's on the agenda, now I've just got to look for a nice small/medium church or hall.

Hugh, yes, a friend has just bought a Merc for the very same reasons you have, makes perfect sense. I bought my Griff pretty much sorted, the work was done by the previous owner in 2011, chassis rebuilt, coated etc, engine done, it's quite high mileage 81,00, but given the work it was a good buy. I had to have the head off recently, oil leak, turned out the bolts were stripped, so that cost an arm and a leg, thread inserts, new gaskets, seals etc. But all is quiet on the Western at the moment, that's all you can say as a TVR owner! My local TVR specialist was very surprised at how good the engine looked inside, so hopefully no more trouble, for a while. Off this morning to get the MOT done, then to the coast to watch the Dakota's fly over to France!

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Re: Recording Marimba and piano in a small room.

Postby Arpangel » Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:02 am

Interesting, Mr Marimba asked for a CD of our sessions, I spent hours yesterday editing and trying to clean up our small room recordings. I disliked the the multi-mic session the most, even though I thought it was an improvement over the ORTF pair at the time.
The ORTF sounds more "homogenous" and tonally even. The multi-mic's sound strange, and the stereo is all over the place, and the marimba is dashing from speaker to speaker, I had to narrow the stereo image considerably to make it OK.
But, on the whole, I'm really happy with the results, technically, and musically, they are a hell of a lot better than what I thought at the time.
Things I had to do were get rid of a few peaks, play with the imaging, apply some low cut here and there, and add a touch of medium hall reverb. That was it.
I'm really happy with my MKH's, they picked up some lovely synth bass, and Marimba bass, these mic's continue to surprise me all the time.
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