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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Recording the band live......

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Vero Beach FL

Mar 27th, 2016 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have recorded practices with a little Zoom digital recorder, but I want to do better. I have a Tascam 2 channel interface for my Macbook with Logic Express. I have analog mixers that can handle up to 12 inputs. I can use one of the mixers just for vocals.

We have two guitars, keyboard, drums and two vocal mics. No isolation of instruments. I can take direct feeds from PA and amplifiers into the mixer.

I'll have to record everything live and since it will be already "mixed down" going into the computer, there won't be any overdubbing. "Quick and dirty."

Assuming I'll have enough mics, how would you guys set up for this kind of recording.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Mar 27th, 2016 06:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a Behringer XR18 to do this type of stuff. I can multitrack 18 tracks straight to my computer.

In your situation, since you only have the ability to have 2 inputs to your computer, just mix it down to a stereo feed and run it into your interface. Without knowing the make and model of your mixer it is difficult to know the exact routing involved but you'll need a stereo line level signal for your interface.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Mar 27th, 2016 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Recording a room can be hard because placing mics around the room and on instruments and setting levels creates an artificial-sounding environment (to my ears, at least).

One way I've discovered to record a room and end up with a realistic sound is to use a pair of PZMs (boundary mics).

Even my inexpensive Crown PZMs do an amazing job of recording--whether it's a full band chugging at gig volume, or an acoustic guitar in a living room.

The trick is to place them on a wall or floor, about 24" apart. I tape the paddle portion to a wall at head height, using gaff tape. Head height is important.

Placing them in the middle of the room defeats their intended use because you end up with the same phase cancellation you get with standard mics.

They also cut back on perceived reverb in a room, and that makes for a really clean/clear recording.

As inexpensive as these are, they are mind blowing in their ability to capture a room sound. The recordings sound like you're in the room as the music is being played.

Shop around, because some places sell these as a pair for a great price.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Mar 27th, 2016 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you do try a pair of those Crowns, be sure to remove the battery when the mic is not being used. There's no on/off switch on the mic, and they can't be phantom powered.

If you leave the battery in, it will drain to zero volts in two or three days.

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