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Anonymous
March 1, 2005 11:43:52 PM

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I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks. Any
recommendations for where to position microphones?

My recording room is about 15x20 and not extremely dead (and the room
sound isn't good). I do have a couple of movable partitions that I can use
to deaden an area.

My gear is pretty basic, but I can usually get clean, accurate sounds.
Here's a quick list of what I have:
Shure KSM-44
Shure KSM-32
CAD M179
Oktava M012
A couple of dynamics (a Sennheiser and an old 57)
Aphex preamp
Computer audio interface

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Since many of you are
probably not familiar with my gear, just tell me what you used, and I'll
see if I can translate it to my gear (I worked in a couple of pro
studios).
Anonymous
March 1, 2005 11:43:53 PM

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James_Jonasson wrote:
> I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks.
Any
> recommendations for where to position microphones?

As far away as possible?


Steve

> My recording room is about 15x20 and not extremely dead (and the room
> sound isn't good). I do have a couple of movable partitions that I
can use
> to deaden an area.
>
> My gear is pretty basic, but I can usually get clean, accurate
sounds.
> Here's a quick list of what I have:
> Shure KSM-44
> Shure KSM-32
> CAD M179
> Oktava M012
> A couple of dynamics (a Sennheiser and an old 57)
> Aphex preamp
> Computer audio interface
>
> Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Since many of you are
> probably not familiar with my gear, just tell me what you used, and
I'll
> see if I can translate it to my gear (I worked in a couple of pro
> studios).
Anonymous
March 1, 2005 11:43:53 PM

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"James_Jonasson" <mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com> laid this on me:

> I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks.
> Any recommendations for where to position microphones?
>
> My recording room is about 15x20 and not extremely dead (and the room
> sound isn't good). I do have a couple of movable partitions that I can
> use to deaden an area.
>
> My gear is pretty basic, but I can usually get clean, accurate sounds.
> Here's a quick list of what I have:
> Shure KSM-44
> Shure KSM-32
> CAD M179
> Oktava M012
> A couple of dynamics (a Sennheiser and an old 57)
> Aphex preamp
> Computer audio interface
>
> Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Since many of you are
> probably not familiar with my gear, just tell me what you used, and
> I'll see if I can translate it to my gear (I worked in a couple of pro
> studios).

Assuming a 5 string banjo, picked with fingerpicks in the Scruggs
style...
Without hearing the context/song/arrangement/room/banjo/etc, it's hard
to reccomend mics/etc, but I will say, don't rule out the 57, they can be
great on banjo if the everything else is right. I'll leave that to your
ears, though, I'm sure you know your gear better than anyone else here.
The one thing about banjo that folks who aren't familiar with it miss
is the need for space. Sometimes I walk in, and guys cram a bright n' tight
SDC 6 inches away from the banjo, then complain about how 'pinched' the
banjo sounds. I ususally gently reccomend backing it up, and a quality omni
(or figure 8 if you have a great ribbon) in the right room can sound
positively divine. I know you said your room isn't great, and the banjo will
activate space, but if the tone sounds more 'pinched' than it does while
listening live, back the mic up. A couple feet away is not uncommon, if you
have to treat the room a little, so be it.
Pointing it at the 12th fret won't get the same results as guitar.
Don't be afraid to try pointing the mic below the player's right hand.
Spaced pair can be great as well, but is rarely necesarry. The picks make a
lot of clatter, even with good players. Ergo, don't point the mic at the
picks hitting the strings, the sound comes off the head, not the strings.
Attack is rarely a problem on banjo, go for a clear (not always totally
clean, though..), full tone.
Of course, none of this will matter if the banjo isn't properly set
up. Don't know how I can help you out there, but it is important.
Good luck.

Sean
--
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typed on a million keyboards for a million years,
eventually all the works of Shakespeare would be produced.
Now, thanks to Usenet, we know this is not true.

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Anonymous
March 2, 2005 10:28:37 AM

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Sean S wrote:
> There is an old saying that if a million monkeys
> typed on a million keyboards for a million years,
> eventually all the works of Shakespeare would be produced.
> Now, thanks to Usenet, we know this is not true.

It's only been about ten years. 20 if you push it. So give it a little
time. Yeah I know there's more than a million monkeys.
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 10:44:02 AM

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"James_Jonasson" <mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com> wrote in message
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> My gear is pretty basic, but I can usually get clean, accurate sounds.
> Here's a quick list of what I have:
> Shure KSM-44
> Shure KSM-32
> CAD M179
> Oktava M012
> A couple of dynamics (a Sennheiser and an old 57)
> Aphex preamp
> Computer audio interface

A clean Oktava can do a surprisingly good job. Is this a bluegrass
fingerpicked banjo or an old-time (open-backed) clawhammer banjo? If you
have multiple capsules for the Oktava, try the hypercardioid, particularly
if your banjo is bluegrass (the hyper is a little softer on top). The Shure
KSM's are also possibilities, but I'd try the Oktava first; banjos and small
diaphragms seem to go well together. Don't use any of the "drive" stuff on
the Aphex. In that room, don't get too far away.

Peace,
Paul
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 12:21:47 PM

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One thing that seems to be missing here, apart from the recommendation to experiment, is that you
should be willing to test things out.

Do this:

Set up all these mics in a kind of semi circle in front of where the banjo player will stand/sit,
assuming you have the channels on your console available to do so, and then crank them up and listen
to the sound. It won't be "accurate", but it will give you a side by side comparison in real time
and help you to determine which mics to eliminate from further testing.

Second, move the mics around, one at a time, of course, to find the "sweet spot" for each microphone
on a given instrument/voice. If you have a helper, this can be done very quickly (assuming, too,
they understand the concept of mic placement). You can then tell them to stop when you hit that
spot. Mark it for that mic. Move on to the next mic, leaving that mic in the spot (if possible).
When two mic occupy the same space as the spot, then you'll have to adjust to the situation.

However, this will do a couple things for you. First, it will help you to gain a greater
understanding of your microphones and second, it will help you learn more about mic placement and
third, you will learn that banjos just don't like being recorded... it's evidence against them!! ;) 

Seriously, though, when you buy a new mic, one you don't quite understand, spend time with it and
learn about what it can do for you. If you have a good store rep, they may even let you take it home
to test before purchasing.

When I was demo'ing some mic pres, I hooked them up and recorded a guitar track and a vocal track
for each mic pre. I did this "side by side" on the multitrack so i could punch between the tracks to
hear the printed sound they made. I used two different mics, one LDC and one dynamic. So I ran two
separate tests for each pre, one for condenser, one for dynamic as a base line.

Now I could hear what the pres were doing to the instrument and voice, the differences between them,
within a few seconds. It helped me to hear which pre was good for guitar/instruments and which was
good for vocals and what mic type worked with a given pre. It's not the most discriminating test,
but your ears are the best tool you have, really.

It took time to set up the comparison test, but I had a printed record of their performance for
future reference, too. And I got to play with some really expensive pres, too. The gear guy at the
place I frequented at the time was really cool about letting me take stuff home to demo it before
deciding to buy or not. Gotta love that!

--fletch


James_Jonasson wrote:
> I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks. Any
> recommendations for where to position microphones?
>
> My recording room is about 15x20 and not extremely dead (and the room
> sound isn't good). I do have a couple of movable partitions that I can use
> to deaden an area.
>
> My gear is pretty basic, but I can usually get clean, accurate sounds.
> Here's a quick list of what I have:
> Shure KSM-44
> Shure KSM-32
> CAD M179
> Oktava M012
> A couple of dynamics (a Sennheiser and an old 57)
> Aphex preamp
> Computer audio interface
>
> Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Since many of you are
> probably not familiar with my gear, just tell me what you used, and I'll
> see if I can translate it to my gear (I worked in a couple of pro
> studios).
>
>
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 12:29:34 PM

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In article <0f33da679577d819900d8d3d60686a8e@localhost.talkaboutaudio.com> mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com writes:

> I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks. Any
> recommendations for where to position microphones?

Ask the banjo player. It's hard to go wrong with your KSM-44 about a
foot and a half in front of the banjo as a starting point.




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Anonymous
March 2, 2005 1:53:15 PM

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In article
<0f33da679577d819900d8d3d60686a8e@localhost.talkaboutaudio.com>,
"James_Jonasson" <mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com> wrote:

> I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks. Any
> recommendations for where to position microphones?
>
> My recording room is about 15x20 and not extremely dead (and the room
> sound isn't good). I do have a couple of movable partitions that I can use
> to deaden an area.
>
> My gear is pretty basic, but I can usually get clean, accurate sounds.
> Here's a quick list of what I have:
> Shure KSM-44
> Shure KSM-32
> CAD M179
> Oktava M012
> A couple of dynamics (a Sennheiser and an old 57)
> Aphex preamp
> Computer audio interface
>
> Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Since many of you are
> probably not familiar with my gear, just tell me what you used, and I'll
> see if I can translate it to my gear (I worked in a couple of pro
> studios).

Experiment, experiment, experiment. I've recorded a lot of banjo stuff,
and one thing I've learned is that every banjo is different (much more
so than guitars). Even a player's style can change what you'll choose as
your mic/performer position. Use the finger in one ear trick to start
you off, but don't be afraid to try positions that seem unreasonable.
You might be pleasantly surprised.

Phil

--
Phil Oliver
Aardvark Graphics & Sound
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Anonymous
March 2, 2005 3:39:44 PM

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Thank you all for the comments (especially the ones containing suggestions
about how to approach this). If I ever need recommendations again, I'll
remember to include the style and more info about the instrument.

In this case, the player is phenomenal. He is using a beat up banjo
(closed back, I believe). The sound is a little mushy, so I'll probably
start with the Oktava for the extra high end. The song style is folk and
the banjo part is kind of like old time country (uptempo).

Thanks again to all.
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 4:37:03 PM

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James_Jonasson Wrote:
> I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks.
> Any
> recommendations for where to position microphones?

A ribbon mic somewhere in front of the instrument usually works pretty
well... it's really not that hard a sound to record.


--
Fletcher
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 4:51:59 PM

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A KSM32 is my mic of choice for banjo, and you just happen to have
one...
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 5:39:57 PM

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<sstevelp@aol.com> wrote in message
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>
> James_Jonasson wrote:
>> I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks.
> Any
>> recommendations for where to position microphones?
>
> As far away as possible?

Director: "How far can you pull back?"
Engineer: "How do you feel about Cleveland?".
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 5:59:54 PM

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Take the largest, heaviest mic, and put in on a stand about five feet above
the banjo in a broken clip. Play lots of kick drum tracks loudly in the
same room, and hopefully the problem will be solved. ;>)

I just hope for your sake you don't have any bagpipe sessions that need
discussion here. ;>)

As always, and seriously this time, experiment. A good condensor, and I'd
think a spot with lots of diffuse early reflections nearby would help. A
distinct reflection or two getting in the pickup of the mic field might be
disasterous, and I think the banjo needs some liveness right around it to
sound good.

Best regards,

John
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 8:48:51 PM

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"Mike Rivers" <mrivers@d-and-d.com> wrote in message
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>
> In article <0f33da679577d819900d8d3d60686a8e@localhost.talkaboutaudio.com>
mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com writes:
>
> > I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks.
Any
> > recommendations for where to position microphones?
>
> Ask the banjo player. It's hard to go wrong with your KSM-44 about a
> foot and a half in front of the banjo as a starting point.
>
Given what you have to work with, I'd go along with what Mike said. I
average recording banjo on 5 or 6 tracks a month' I usually use a THE mic
with a 25mm capsule if I'm setting up a mic just for the banjo (my banjo
player usually doubles on mandolin), and often use a Gefell M592 (which I
usually use for mandolin anyway) for the banjo.

Fletcher's suggestion about using a ribbon works great, but it's more of an
'old fashioned' banjo sound, not the type of sound I'm hearing on the radio
these days (underneath country and some americana tracks).

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 9:06:03 PM

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In article <07e03d265a5e4b77bea308b528a513f9@localhost.talkaboutaudio.com> mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com writes:

> Thank you all for the comments (especially the ones containing suggestions
> about how to approach this). If I ever need recommendations again, I'll
> remember to include the style and more info about the instrument.

James, all the advice given here is the same no matter what the
instrument is. It all boils down to put up a mic, listen to what you
get out of it, and if you're not happy, change something. It's not
that hard, and there isn't much that comes out of a banjo in any
direction that doesn't sound like a banjo.

One thing that I don't think has been mentioned is the context. If
this is solo banjo, that's one thing. If, as I recall, you're adding
a banjo track to a song, the sound of the banjo has to fit in with the
song. Don't be afraid to adjust the EQ accordingly.

> He is using a beat up banjo
> (closed back, I believe). The sound is a little mushy, so I'll probably
> start with the Oktava for the extra high end.

A mic that has a high end boost isn't going going to put something
there that doesn't come out of the banjo. Most old time music is
played on an open back banjo (some of them are indeed beat up).
Hopefully the player knows what he's going to record, or you've chosen
the right player for your track.

I don't mean to oversimplfy this. I play old time banjo myself.
Players who are into the sound, like players of any other instrument,
get the sound from the instrument and their technique, not from what
someone does in the studio. Players like Dan Gellert (who shows up
here occasionally) have a bunch of banjos and take the time to find
the best way to record the subtle differences between them because
that's what's important to them and why they choose to play a
particular banjo on a certain song.

But if all you want is a banjo track, put up a mic and start rolling.
If what the player is giving you is good, you can hardly miss. If it's
not, there's nothing you can do with a mic that will make it right.


--
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Anonymous
March 2, 2005 9:06:04 PM

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On 2 Mar 2005 18:06:03 -0500, mrivers@d-and-d.com (Mike Rivers) wrote:

>
>In article <07e03d265a5e4b77bea308b528a513f9@localhost.talkaboutaudio.com> mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com writes:
>
>> Thank you all for the comments (especially the ones containing suggestions
>> about how to approach this). If I ever need recommendations again, I'll
>> remember to include the style and more info about the instrument.
>
>James, all the advice given here is the same no matter what the
>instrument is. It all boils down to put up a mic, listen to what you
>get out of it, and if you're not happy, change something. It's not
>that hard, and there isn't much that comes out of a banjo in any
>direction that doesn't sound like a banjo.
>
>One thing that I don't think has been mentioned is the context. If
>this is solo banjo, that's one thing. If, as I recall, you're adding
>a banjo track to a song, the sound of the banjo has to fit in with the
>song. Don't be afraid to adjust the EQ accordingly.
>
>> He is using a beat up banjo
>> (closed back, I believe). The sound is a little mushy, so I'll probably
>> start with the Oktava for the extra high end.
>
>A mic that has a high end boost isn't going going to put something
>there that doesn't come out of the banjo. Most old time music is
>played on an open back banjo (some of them are indeed beat up).
>Hopefully the player knows what he's going to record, or you've chosen
>the right player for your track.
>
>I don't mean to oversimplfy this. I play old time banjo myself.
>Players who are into the sound, like players of any other instrument,
>get the sound from the instrument and their technique, not from what
>someone does in the studio. Players like Dan Gellert (who shows up
>here occasionally) have a bunch of banjos and take the time to find
>the best way to record the subtle differences between them because
>that's what's important to them and why they choose to play a
>particular banjo on a certain song.
>
>But if all you want is a banjo track, put up a mic and start rolling.
>If what the player is giving you is good, you can hardly miss. If it's
>not, there's nothing you can do with a mic that will make it right.

There are also things you can do to the banjo itself to change the
sound, such as changing head tension, different bridges, etc. If the
player is on the inexperienced side, they may not be aware of how
these adjustments can affect the sound.

Al
Anonymous
March 2, 2005 10:56:10 PM

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"James_Jonasson" <mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com> wrote in message
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> Thank you all for the comments (especially the ones containing suggestions
> about how to approach this). If I ever need recommendations again, I'll
> remember to include the style and more info about the instrument.
>
> In this case, the player is phenomenal. He is using a beat up banjo
> (closed back, I believe). The sound is a little mushy, so I'll probably
> start with the Oktava for the extra high end. The song style is folk and
> the banjo part is kind of like old time country (uptempo).
>
> Thanks again to all.
>


I find that high end is never lacking on the vast majority of banjos
that I've recorded or miked in a live situation. In the style you are
looking at here, I would take a dynamic, like an RE-20, at about a
foot out and just north of or right below the picking hand. Sometimes
too much detail on a banjo (depending on the player) makes the
instrument a little tough to listen to. The raw instrument may sound
mushy to your ears right now, but a condenser will hear things quite
a bit differently.

--
David Morgan (MAMS)
http://www.m-a-m-s DOT com
Morgan Audio Media Service
Dallas, Texas (214) 662-9901
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March 2, 2005 11:39:42 PM

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In article <0f33da679577d819900d8d3d60686a8e@localhost.talkaboutaudio.com>,
James_Jonasson <mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com> wrote:

>I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks. Any
>recommendations for where to position microphones?

Strummed, plucked, or fingerpicked?

(I half expect to read posts from the guy who records Bela Fleck
or Kang now).
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 12:04:00 AM

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"james" <fishbowl@conservatory.com> wrote in message
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> In article
<0f33da679577d819900d8d3d60686a8e@localhost.talkaboutaudio.com>,
> James_Jonasson <mail@jamesjonasson-nospam-.com> wrote:
>
> >I'm going to be adding a banjo to a song in the next couple of weeks. Any
> >recommendations for where to position microphones?
>
> Strummed, plucked, or fingerpicked?
>
> (I half expect to read posts from the guy who records Bela Fleck
> or Kang now).
>
Bil Vorndick doesn't hang around here...

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 9:11:32 AM

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Phil Oliver wrote:

> so than guitars). Even a player's style can change what you'll choose as
> your mic/performer position. Use the finger in one ear trick to start
> you off, but don't be afraid to try positions that seem unreasonable.
> You might be pleasantly surprised.


For an example:

http://www.nvrsk.net/~dexter/funpics/misc/banjo.jpg
March 3, 2005 9:11:33 AM

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87 in omni. Great mic pre. And don't get too close.



David Correia
Celebration Sound
Warren, Rhode Island

CelebrationSound@aol.com
www.CelebrationSound.com
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 1:15:11 PM

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In article <2pjc219pbe93ce076qr9vjb35u7fonai1t@4ax.com> playonAT@comcast.net writes:

> There are also things you can do to the banjo itself to change the
> sound, such as changing head tension, different bridges, etc. If the
> player is on the inexperienced side, they may not be aware of how
> these adjustments can affect the sound.

Same with drums, same with guitars (and amps), same with just about
any instruments. You can regulate a piano differently for different
kinds of music and for different players. You can use a different reed
or mouthpiece. You can use a different kind of pick.

The bottom line is that the guy has a banjo player coming over. He's
not sure what to expect. He should put a mic in front of the banjo and
record something.



--
I'm really Mike Rivers (mrivers@d-and-d.com)
However, until the spam goes away or Hell freezes over,
lots of IP addresses are blocked from this system. If
you e-mail me and it bounces, use your secret decoder ring
and reach me here: double-m-eleven-double-zero at yahoo
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 3:30:16 PM

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On 3 Mar 2005 10:15:11 -0500, mrivers@d-and-d.com (Mike Rivers) wrote:

>
>In article <2pjc219pbe93ce076qr9vjb35u7fonai1t@4ax.com> playonAT@comcast.net writes:
>
>> There are also things you can do to the banjo itself to change the
>> sound, such as changing head tension, different bridges, etc. If the
>> player is on the inexperienced side, they may not be aware of how
>> these adjustments can affect the sound.
>
>Same with drums, same with guitars (and amps), same with just about
>any instruments. You can regulate a piano differently for different
>kinds of music and for different players. You can use a different reed
>or mouthpiece. You can use a different kind of pick.
>
>The bottom line is that the guy has a banjo player coming over. He's
>not sure what to expect. He should put a mic in front of the banjo and
>record something.

Agreed... banjo would be pretty low on the list of stringed
instruments that are difficult to record.

Al
Anonymous
March 3, 2005 8:45:06 PM

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"david" <ihate@spamo.com> wrote in message...
>
> 87 in omni. Great mic pre. And don't get too close.


But the only place I have left to put him is in the bathroom....

;-)

--
David Morgan (MAMS)
http://www.m-a-m-s DOT com



> David Correia
> Celebration Sound
> Warren, Rhode Island
>
> CelebrationSound@aol.com
> www.CelebrationSound.com
March 3, 2005 8:45:07 PM

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In article <C2IVd.74124$uc.33913@trnddc04>, MAMS\
<mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote:

> "david" <ihate@spamo.com> wrote in message...
> >
> > 87 in omni. Great mic pre. And don't get too close.
>
>
> But the only place I have left to put him is in the bathroom....
>
> ;-)


In my first building which was a much smaller space than what I have
now, I'd use the bathroom for the guitar amp during basic tracks.
Sounded great, except during a break when it was time for someone to
pee. And flush. Would always slay everyone in the control room when I
slipped the multitrack out of record safe.

It's only a teenage wasteland.





David Correia
Celebration Sound
Warren, Rhode Island

CelebrationSound@aol.com
www.CelebrationSound.com
Anonymous
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Mike Rivers wrote:

> I wouldn not recommend that anyone, based on advice here, purchase a
> special mic or preamp just to record a banjo.

I would recommend that anyone reading here who doesn't already have a
banjo just go buy a special one for use with their mics.

--
ha
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"hank alrich" <walkinay@thegrid.net> wrote in message
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> Mike Rivers wrote:
>
> > I wouldn not recommend that anyone, based on advice here, purchase a
> > special mic or preamp just to record a banjo.
>
> I would recommend that anyone reading here who doesn't already have a
> banjo just go buy a special one for use with their mics.

What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 9:32:08 AM

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On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 06:32:07 GMT, "Dave Martin" <dmainc@earthlink.net>
wrote:

>
>"hank alrich" <walkinay@thegrid.net> wrote in message
>news:1gsz19p.z0o43t1ww1ok1N%walkinay@thegrid.net...
>> Mike Rivers wrote:
>>
>> > I wouldn not recommend that anyone, based on advice here, purchase a
>> > special mic or preamp just to record a banjo.
>>
>> I would recommend that anyone reading here who doesn't already have a
>> banjo just go buy a special one for use with their mics.
>
>What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?

One with 5 strings.

Al
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"Dave Martin" <dmainc@earthlink.net> wrote in message news:HtxWd.3118$CW2.667@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
>
> "hank alrich" <walkinay@thegrid.net> wrote in message
> news:1gsz19p.z0o43t1ww1ok1N%walkinay@thegrid.net...
> > Mike Rivers wrote:
> >
> > > I wouldn not recommend that anyone, based on advice here, purchase a
> > > special mic or preamp just to record a banjo.
> >
> > I would recommend that anyone reading here who doesn't already have a
> > banjo just go buy a special one for use with their mics.
>
> What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?


How much do you want to spend?
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"David Morgan (MAMS)" <mams@NOSPAm-a-m-s.com> wrote in message
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> >
> > What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?
>
>
> How much do you want to spend?
>
Under $100, of course. But you didn't ask what kinda music I was gonna be
recording...

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:34:39 AM

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Dave Martin wrote:

> "David Morgan (MAMS)" wrote...

> > > What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?

> > How much do you want to spend?

> Under $100, of course. But you didn't ask what kinda music I was gonna be
> recording...

Banjo music, silly. Apparently cheap banjo music.

--
ha
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"play on" <playonAT@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> >What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?
>
> One with 5 strings.
>
Damn - the tenor banjo's gonna have to stay in the closet. (Actually, that's
not a bad idea in any case except a Dixieland band...)

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
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"hank alrich" <walkinay@thegrid.net> wrote in message
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> Banjo music, silly. Apparently cheap banjo music.
>
I once asked the banjo player with the Nitty Gritty Dirt band why he had
paid $10K for his latest Gibson banjo (He'd just bought a pre-war Master
Tone, and had mentioned the price on a TV show). I said, "It's still gonna
sound like a banjo, isn't it?"

The sort of behavior that's kept me where I am today...

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 8:54:36 PM

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On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 17:54:35 GMT, "Dave Martin" <dmainc@earthlink.net>
wrote:

>"play on" <playonAT@comcast.net> wrote in message
>news:agel211ptkd39e3gu3pamprnuv02tv3dgi@4ax.com...
>
>> >What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?
>>
>> One with 5 strings.
>>
>Damn - the tenor banjo's gonna have to stay in the closet. (Actually, that's
>not a bad idea in any case except a Dixieland band...)

And even then...

Al
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:05:51 PM

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Dave Martin wrote:

> "hank alrich" wrote...

> > Banjo music, silly. Apparently cheap banjo music.

> I once asked the banjo player with the Nitty Gritty Dirt band why he had
> paid $10K for his latest Gibson banjo (He'd just bought a pre-war Master
> Tone, and had mentioned the price on a TV show). I said, "It's still gonna
> sound like a banjo, isn't it?"

> The sort of behavior that's kept me where I am today...

A friend of mine fairly recently bought a special Stelling that has some
fine woods that were recovered from a shipwreck in one of the the Great
Lakes. It's a wonderful instrument, but cost several pretty pennies, and
the guy's an early-intermediate player. I suggested fancy woods might
has less to do with banjo sound than might be the case with guitars or
violins. He said, "Tony Trischka disagrees with you". I resisted saying,
"You're not Tony Trischka".

This all said, I have a confession to make. A few weeks ago I traded a
1934 Epiphone Triumph for a 1918 Gibson tenor banjo prototype. I have
never played nor previously wanted to play tenor banjo. But the first
time I laid eyes on this thing, several years ago, my sad excuse for a
mind went, "I want that thing; I wnt to play that thing". And it's
pretty damned cool sounding and looking. No tone ring, in the "modern"
sense, but the rim is a wood channel with the inner circle raised to
effectively make a wooden tone ring. So now we have a whole 'nother kind
of banjo sound around the secret mountain.

(Please don't tell Harvey, because he'll just make fun of me.)

--
ha
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:05:52 PM

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walkinay@thegrid.net (hank alrich) wrote:

>Dave Martin wrote:
>
>> "hank alrich" wrote...
>
>> > Banjo music, silly. Apparently cheap banjo music.
>
>> I once asked the banjo player with the Nitty Gritty Dirt band why he had
>> paid $10K for his latest Gibson banjo (He'd just bought a pre-war Master
>> Tone, and had mentioned the price on a TV show). I said, "It's still gonna
>> sound like a banjo, isn't it?"
>
>> The sort of behavior that's kept me where I am today...
>
>A friend of mine fairly recently bought a special Stelling that has some
>fine woods that were recovered from a shipwreck in one of the the Great
>Lakes. It's a wonderful instrument, but cost several pretty pennies, and
>the guy's an early-intermediate player. I suggested fancy woods might
>has less to do with banjo sound than might be the case with guitars or
>violins. He said, "Tony Trischka disagrees with you". I resisted saying,
>"You're not Tony Trischka".
>
>This all said, I have a confession to make. A few weeks ago I traded a
>1934 Epiphone Triumph for a 1918 Gibson tenor banjo prototype. I have
>never played nor previously wanted to play tenor banjo. But the first
>time I laid eyes on this thing, several years ago, my sad excuse for a
>mind went, "I want that thing; I wnt to play that thing". And it's
>pretty damned cool sounding and looking. No tone ring, in the "modern"
>sense, but the rim is a wood channel with the inner circle raised to
>effectively make a wooden tone ring. So now we have a whole 'nother kind
>of banjo sound around the secret mountain.
>
>(Please don't tell Harvey, because he'll just make fun of me.)

Too late, I follow ALL banjo threads!! Actually, I miss my old long
neck "Pete Seeger" style banjo (that was stolen in the 60's). It's just
too damn hard to get people to make left-handed 5 string banjos or I'd
still have one. And now, for those times when a string breaks:

Q: How many banjo players does it take to cover "Dear Old Dixie"?
A: Evidently all of them.

A bluegrass band is playing a New Years's eve gig at a local club. The
place is packed and everybody is absolutely loving the music. Shortly
after midnight, the club owner comes up to them and says, "You guys
sound great. Everybody loves you. I'd like to know if you can come back
here next New Year's eve to play?" The band look at each other then to
the club owner, and the banjo player says "Sure, we'd love to. Is it OK
if we leave our stuff here?"

Q: What do you call a beautiful woman on a banjo player's arm?
A: A tattoo.

Q: How many banjo players does it take to pave a driveway?
A: Seven - if you lay them out correctly.

Banjo Player: "Did you hear our last album?"
Friend: "I certainly hope so."

Q: What do you do if you see a bleeding banjo player running around in
your back yard?
A: Stop laughing and shoot again.

Q: What do you do if you run over a banjo player?
A: Back up.

Q: How do you get a banjo player out of a tree?
A: Cut the noose.


Q: What's the difference between a female banjo player and a hockey
player?
A: A hockey player showers after three periods.

Harvey Gerst
Indian Trail Recording Studio
http://www.ITRstudio.com/
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:05:52 PM

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On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 19:05:51 GMT, walkinay@thegrid.net (hank alrich)
wrote:

>A few weeks ago I traded a
>1934 Epiphone Triumph for a 1918 Gibson tenor banjo prototype.

Someone got a good deal!

Al
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:05:53 PM

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Q: What's the definition of perfect pitch?

A: It's when you toss the accordian into the dumpster and it lands
exactly on top of the banjo.

Al


On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 15:35:08 -0600, Harvey Gerst
<harvey@ITRstudio.com> wrote:

>walkinay@thegrid.net (hank alrich) wrote:
>
>>Dave Martin wrote:
>>
>>> "hank alrich" wrote...
>>
>>> > Banjo music, silly. Apparently cheap banjo music.
>>
>>> I once asked the banjo player with the Nitty Gritty Dirt band why he had
>>> paid $10K for his latest Gibson banjo (He'd just bought a pre-war Master
>>> Tone, and had mentioned the price on a TV show). I said, "It's still gonna
>>> sound like a banjo, isn't it?"
>>
>>> The sort of behavior that's kept me where I am today...
>>
>>A friend of mine fairly recently bought a special Stelling that has some
>>fine woods that were recovered from a shipwreck in one of the the Great
>>Lakes. It's a wonderful instrument, but cost several pretty pennies, and
>>the guy's an early-intermediate player. I suggested fancy woods might
>>has less to do with banjo sound than might be the case with guitars or
>>violins. He said, "Tony Trischka disagrees with you". I resisted saying,
>>"You're not Tony Trischka".
>>
>>This all said, I have a confession to make. A few weeks ago I traded a
>>1934 Epiphone Triumph for a 1918 Gibson tenor banjo prototype. I have
>>never played nor previously wanted to play tenor banjo. But the first
>>time I laid eyes on this thing, several years ago, my sad excuse for a
>>mind went, "I want that thing; I wnt to play that thing". And it's
>>pretty damned cool sounding and looking. No tone ring, in the "modern"
>>sense, but the rim is a wood channel with the inner circle raised to
>>effectively make a wooden tone ring. So now we have a whole 'nother kind
>>of banjo sound around the secret mountain.
>>
>>(Please don't tell Harvey, because he'll just make fun of me.)
>
>Too late, I follow ALL banjo threads!! Actually, I miss my old long
>neck "Pete Seeger" style banjo (that was stolen in the 60's). It's just
>too damn hard to get people to make left-handed 5 string banjos or I'd
>still have one. And now, for those times when a string breaks:
>
>Q: How many banjo players does it take to cover "Dear Old Dixie"?
>A: Evidently all of them.
>
>A bluegrass band is playing a New Years's eve gig at a local club. The
>place is packed and everybody is absolutely loving the music. Shortly
>after midnight, the club owner comes up to them and says, "You guys
>sound great. Everybody loves you. I'd like to know if you can come back
>here next New Year's eve to play?" The band look at each other then to
>the club owner, and the banjo player says "Sure, we'd love to. Is it OK
>if we leave our stuff here?"
>
>Q: What do you call a beautiful woman on a banjo player's arm?
>A: A tattoo.
>
>Q: How many banjo players does it take to pave a driveway?
>A: Seven - if you lay them out correctly.
>
>Banjo Player: "Did you hear our last album?"
>Friend: "I certainly hope so."
>
>Q: What do you do if you see a bleeding banjo player running around in
>your back yard?
>A: Stop laughing and shoot again.
>
>Q: What do you do if you run over a banjo player?
>A: Back up.
>
>Q: How do you get a banjo player out of a tree?
>A: Cut the noose.
>
>
>Q: What's the difference between a female banjo player and a hockey
>player?
>A: A hockey player showers after three periods.
>
>Harvey Gerst
>Indian Trail Recording Studio
>http://www.ITRstudio.com/
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:05:53 PM

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Harvey Gerst wrote:
>
> Too late, I follow ALL banjo threads!! Actually, I miss my old long
> neck "Pete Seeger" style banjo (that was stolen in the 60's). It's just
> too damn hard to get people to make left-handed 5 string banjos or I'd
> still have one. And now, for those times when a string breaks:

Q: How can you tell when your stage is level?
A: Your banjo player is drooling out of both sides of his mouth.

(Thanks to U. Utah Phillips)
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:08:38 PM

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Dave Martin wrote:

> "play on" wrote...

> > >What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?

> > One with 5 strings.

> Damn - the tenor banjo's gonna have to stay in the closet. (Actually, that's
> not a bad idea in any case except a Dixieland band...)

I just posted elsewhere in this thread about my new tenor. When I played
it for a friend of mine they remarked that it'd make a very good Celtic
banjo. Be very afraid.

--
ha
Anonymous
March 6, 2005 10:26:26 PM

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Dave Martin wrote:

>>I would recommend that anyone reading here who doesn't already have a
>>banjo just go buy a special one for use with their mics.
>
>
> What's the best banjo to use with an Sm57?
>

One without strings?? :-)
March 7, 2005 12:00:31 AM

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On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 19:08:38 GMT, walkinay@thegrid.net (hank alrich)
wrote:

>I just posted elsewhere in this thread about my new tenor. When I played
>it for a friend of mine they remarked that it'd make a very good Celtic
>banjo. Be very afraid.

I have a 1924 Gibson trapdoor tenor. It has the shortest neck I'd ever
seen on a tenor. I have used this still of short neck tenor for 20
years playing mostly in a Celtic style even though it is in normal
tuning. That is to say I mostly use it for melody though occasional
clone the dixie style of strumming for the odd tune. The Irish tenor
thing is to tune it like an octave lower mandolin. I recently did that
with this one for a recording and it worked out fine. This renders the
instrument useless for chording.
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March 7, 2005 1:39:49 AM

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"hank alrich" <walkinay@thegrid.net> wrote in message
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So now we have a whole 'nother kind
> of banjo sound around the secret mountain.
>
And if you're playing a tenor banjo up there, it's another reason for the
mountain to remain secret...

But congratuations! It's always fun getting a new instrument. The lastest
one here at Java Jive is a 1970's Johnny Smith that plays FAR better than a
70's era Gibson should.

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
Anonymous
March 7, 2005 2:00:47 AM

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play on wrote:

> hank alrich wrote:

> >A few weeks ago I traded a
> >1934 Epiphone Triumph for a 1918 Gibson tenor banjo prototype.

> Someone got a good deal!

All depends what I like. <g>

Turned out the Epi needed dovetail work, and I hadn't been playing it.

Now, a buddy with whom I play just got a 1940 Epi Emperor in lovely
condition with amazing sound, that has had an interesting music career
of its own. Man, what a guitar.

--
ha
Anonymous
March 7, 2005 2:00:48 AM

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paul wrote:

> I have a 1924 Gibson trapdoor tenor. It has the shortest neck I'd ever
> seen on a tenor. I have used this still of short neck tenor for 20
> years playing mostly in a Celtic style even though it is in normal
> tuning.

What's "normal tuning" to you? Like guitar top four strings? E, B, G, D?

> That is to say I mostly use it for melody though occasional
> clone the dixie style of strumming for the odd tune. The Irish tenor
> thing is to tune it like an octave lower mandolin. I recently did that
> with this one for a recording and it worked out fine. This renders the
> instrument useless for chording.

I have this one tuned like a viola. Wallah! And yes, chord are a
stretch.

--
ha
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March 7, 2005 2:00:48 AM

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On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 23:00:47 GMT, walkinay@thegrid.net (hank alrich)
wrote:

>play on wrote:
>
>> hank alrich wrote:
>
>> >A few weeks ago I traded a
>> >1934 Epiphone Triumph for a 1918 Gibson tenor banjo prototype.
>
>> Someone got a good deal!
>
>All depends what I like. <g>
>
>Turned out the Epi needed dovetail work, and I hadn't been playing it.
>
>Now, a buddy with whom I play just got a 1940 Epi Emperor in lovely
>condition with amazing sound, that has had an interesting music career
>of its own. Man, what a guitar.

Yeah Epiphones can be great guitars... I don't own one though.

Al
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March 7, 2005 2:11:04 AM

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<paul@nospam.net> wrote in message
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> I have a 1924 Gibson trapdoor tenor. It has the shortest neck I'd ever
> seen on a tenor. I have used this still of short neck tenor for 20
> years playing mostly in a Celtic style even though it is in normal
> tuning. That is to say I mostly use it for melody though occasional
> clone the dixie style of strumming for the odd tune. The Irish tenor
> thing is to tune it like an octave lower mandolin. I recently did that
> with this one for a recording and it worked out fine. This renders the
> instrument useless for chording.

Why? Mandolin players chord.

Peace,
Paul
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On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 23:11:04 GMT, "Paul Stamler"
<pstamlerhell@pobox.com> wrote:

>
><paul@nospam.net> wrote in message
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>
>> I have a 1924 Gibson trapdoor tenor. It has the shortest neck I'd ever
>> seen on a tenor. I have used this still of short neck tenor for 20
>> years playing mostly in a Celtic style even though it is in normal
>> tuning. That is to say I mostly use it for melody though occasional
>> clone the dixie style of strumming for the odd tune. The Irish tenor
>> thing is to tune it like an octave lower mandolin. I recently did that
>> with this one for a recording and it worked out fine. This renders the
>> instrument useless for chording.
>
>Why? Mandolin players chord.

Yes but Mandos have a tiny short scale lenght. With bigger
instruments it would become quite a stretch.

Al
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"play on" <playonAT@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> >
> >Why? Mandolin players chord.
>
> Yes but Mandos have a tiny short scale lenght. With bigger
> instruments it would become quite a stretch.
>
Well, mandocello, bouzouki and mandola are a pretty good stretch too, but
doable....

--
Dave Martin
DMA, Inc
Nashville, TN
March 7, 2005 7:01:57 AM

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On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 23:00:48 GMT, walkinay@thegrid.net (hank alrich)
wrote:

>What's "normal tuning" to you? Like guitar top four strings? E, B, G, D?
>
No it is as you say below viola tuning. The Irish tenor is a 4th
below.
>
>I have this one tuned like a viola. Wallah! And yes, chord are a
>stretch.

Since I played Mando first and have huge hands it's doable for me, but
as I mentioned I rarely use it for chording.
I've done a load of Kids shows and albums and the banjo is always a
nice happy sound. Hard to sound sad or angry on a banjo.
!