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  1. I do songs with concer accompaniment and have found the best solution for me is to have the mic about half a meter directly in front but angled up towards my voice. I'm using a reasonable quality mic, a Sennheiser Mk4 condenser so I have to put it through a mixer as it needs phantom power. Then into the computer where I use Cooledit, similar to Audicity. For video you have to sync but that's not hard, just do the clap at the beginning then edit it out.


    Works well enough for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLyUNv6bxPo


    Hi Steve,


    Your YouTube videos are excellently done and entertaining -- nice tips on making them. You even got two likes from me! :)





  2. Whatever you do, resist the urge to place mikes on either side for maximum stereo separation - I had a recording engineer do this once for his initial setup, and although it wouldn't be too bad for an Anglo, for EC the playback felt like being hit on both sides of the head with a ball peen hammer!



    Hi Gary,


    I think is what RatFace was suggesting above -- great minds think alike!





  3. Moshe


    If you want to make some recordings to leave as part of your legacy then have you considered using a professional studio so that you can focus on your performance and leave the technical details to a sound man? (Or a sound woman for that matter, but that is unusual).


    I don't know about Jerusalem, but most towns have small studios. If you attend a concert and like the sound then go and talk to the sound engineer on the boards - they usually love to talk about what they do. I tell them that they are really a member of the band then they usually open right up.




    Hi Don,


    Very interesting alternative! Although it would incur a cost, it would certainly solve many technical issues. I don't flatter myself that I"m on a professional level, but the idea is an excellent one.


    Many thanks!



  4. Hi


    Some nice thoughts from different people, I am in uk and also like to record both my EC and Melodeon, I use Audacity "which is freeware" and great @I don't have to sit in the hall to records@ it has all the effectS that you

    could wanr, Echo Reverb ect., and all recorded on a cheap "supermarket microphone - Tescos/Walmart Technika Mike with foam hood £3.99 "about $4.00 I guess" plugs into mike socket on my PC, I have used a couple of

    expensive "pro" mike but they were "crap" this setup does actually give me a true sound to my Brass Reeded EC , save and then export as MP3 and copy to CD welcome to my new album.


    It does not have to be expensive equipment, because people want to hear the music and the sound, not how difficult or how much it cost to produce.


    Regards to all, hey hope your all getting ready for your Xmas Albums


    Regards Dave


    Hi Dave,


    Many thanks for the interesting response that one can get satisfactory results with inexpensive equipment. I have used Audacity in the past so I'm cool with that. I am curious: do you feel you need a mike pre-amp?





  5. @Jim: Many thanks for your prompt reply. I'm a tyro when it comes to sound engineering, but your suggestion of the Zoom H4n, coupled with RatFace's delightful post, has opened a new world for me. Searching the web for a list of affordable and quality audio recorders found me this page on WireRealm.com, with the Zoom H4n getting hearty accolades. And thanks for the other suggestions, they'll certainly come in handy.


    @RatFace: As I wrote to Jim, I found your post delightful. The idea of front-back versus left-right makes sense to me -- someone sitting to the left of a concertina player will get louder left-side notes than right-side ones. The photograph says it all, and adds information to boot: I see you have sound absorbing cushions behind each mike, presumably to prevent back echos (remember, I'm a sound recording tyro, so I might have the lingo wrong :) ). There are two devices on the floor in front of your fire place: what are they, and what are their functions?


    Many thanks to you both,



  6. Hi,


    I'm a former student of Boris Matusewitch, having studied with him from 1969-1971. Over the years, I have thoroughly enjoyed playing all the music I had received from Boris, supplemented by a large repertoire of classical music for violin. I've played for family, friends, colleagues at work, and public events and remember fondly the days when I played 1st and 2nd violin in string ensemble groups.


    Today I would like to record many of the pieces I play, classical and popular, as audio and/or video files, to supplement the number of English Concertina classical music recordings on the web. Can anyone give me tips and recommendations on the best way to do this? I have an MS Windows computer, so my tools are currently limited to that operating system. Here are some questions:

    • To get the best quality recording, can I use the default music recorder application that comes with Windows, or should I be using some other software?
    • What is the best way to record a video of me playing the concertina? Is doing it at home sufficient, or is it best to do it in a hall that resonates? What is the best backdrop to reduce visual "noise"?
    • I'd like to offer the listener a copy of the music being played. Where is the best place on the web to store an image or PDF of the piece being played?
    • Where should I upload audios / videos to? concertina.net? YouTube? An online audio distribution web site like soundcloud.com?
    • Has this question been answered anywhere else in this forum?
    • Can you think of any other practical tips?

    I'd really appreciate hearing practical tips and tricks from readers -- many thanks in advance!


    Moshe Rubin

    Jerusalem, Israel


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