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Session Notes: Recording A Tango Band

The Practical Craft Of Recording
Published April 2018
By Paul White

The band set up to perform in fiddle player Angie’s front room. My compact portable recording rig was based around a MacBook Pro, Logic Pro recording software and a multi-channel PreSonus audio interface.The band set up to perform in fiddle player Angie’s front room. My compact portable recording rig was based around a MacBook Pro, Logic Pro recording software and a multi-channel PreSonus audio interface.

Our engineer figures out the best way to capture a dozen songs in a single afternoon.

Malvern-based tango band Los Compadritos wanted, largely for promotional purposes, to record a dozen songs in an afternoon in the front room of one of the band members. Our plan was to record the band playing together, capturing two or three versions of each song. Then we’d pick the best version and edit in better sections from other takes, if necessary.

Early Decisions

Violinist Angie’s instrument has an LR Baggs pickup system, which allows it to be DI’d directly into an audio interface. Like many such pickups, it captures a sound that’s somewhat brighter than the instrument’s acoustic sound, but that’s nothing a little EQ can’t beat into shape, so we opted to use this. Alan’s Takamine acoustic bass guitar also sports an under-saddle pickup, so we decided we’d hook this up to his Vox AGA70 acoustic guitar combo. This would provide Alan with monitoring, and I’d be able to record the amp’s balanced XLR DI output. Having experienced a lot of string-squeak and finger-noise problems when using the pickup, he’d tried various string types; on our session, he was using stainless-steel, flat-wound strings, which both reduce finger-squeak and produce the warm bass sound required for this music.

On auditioning the setup, I decided I could simply EQ when mixing if I needed to round-off any offending high frequencies that remained....

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Published April 2018