Concertina miking (and a I tune I recorded!)
Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:42 AM
1. a left/right bounce where the tune jumps around in space. I find this positively painful, so the only solution without additional processing is to narrow the source stereo recording.
2. in spite of the above, a really localised sound. The more you echo-proof your recording space the more this is true. It's realistic... but not actually particularly engaging to listen to, and I've not yet found a good way of widening up the sound without causing other problems.
So - I had an idea that using one mic in front of the concertina and one mic behind would pic up the same sound but with different details, so would get interpreted as a single wide source. Here's the setup:
The sound gets attenuated by the player so the rear mic (right channel) needs to be increased, but the idea definitely works - a simple stereo mix (with no reverb etc) has a nice wide sound with no disconcerting jumps from left to right.
I'd like to hear comments on this (does anybody else to it?) or ideas about other ways to get the same effect.
Here's an example (with a bit of reverb and equalisation) - a Frédéric Paris tune called Ganivelle, with improvisation/doodling.
Posted 16 October 2011 - 12:01 PM
Thank you for the post.
Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:24 AM
Lovely sound and lovely playing, thanks!
Posted 17 October 2011 - 05:09 AM
Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:30 PM
Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:55 PM
Same here; I really like what I can hear but neither my sound system nor my own knowledge allow me to add anything useful.
Ditto to the comments above. I only wanted to add the the sound quality came through beautifully on my laptop speakers, so it must be high quality indeed.
Lovely playing Danny, as I've come to expect.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:23 PM
I always noticed the mics placed at either end of concertinas on TV shows in Ireland and the like. Seems they always keep both mics center and don't pan them--they blend them to mono. Which makes sense. I suppose if you really HAD to go for a stereo sound you'd be pulling a spaced pair or coincident pair back a ways. Then in the mixing you could just not pan hard left and right, but somewhere in between. There's also no reason you couldn't fill any holes down the center of the stereo field with a third mic. Often a mic placed over the shoulder of the musician will pick up a great tone, and it's hearing more or less what the musician is hearing. This mic could be used to "fill the hole" so to speak. I may experiment with this once I can play anything worth recording.
Your recording sounds great! I'm certainly not suggesting you need to make any changes. Just blurting my thoughts.
Exquisite playing too.
Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:54 PM
Posted 29 July 2012 - 06:22 PM
There's more than an album's worth of free mp3 recordings on Danny's web site, starting at "Various tunes arranged and played by me." He also has some very nice recordings on English International.
Extraordinary (both the quality of recording and performance). You should consider putting out some albums.
Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:26 PM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 02:28 PM
You should consider putting out some albums.
Thanks - I was thinking about that a little while ago and probably will do something at some stage. I had an idea for making a free to distribute album for a charity, but it hasn't happened yet. Maybe when I've finished with my current pet project...
Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:02 PM
I can't say anything useful except that the sound and the playing in this clip are exceptional. You are a true master of the instrument.
Thank you for the post.
Nice staff, what kind of concertina do you have?
Posted 16 August 2012 - 10:32 AM
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