We'll see how this pans out but I think it could be fun. Here's the rules.....
Record an entire track with one single dynamic mic and post the finished product here. Only use ONE MIC. I.E. don't use 5 Sm57's on a drum kit but rather just one in front of the kit. And use the same exact mic for guitars, vocal, etc.
Optional: Post pictures of how you miked each instrument
i bet there's quite a few 4-track demos out there floating around that were recorded in this fashion.
Originally Posted by RawDepth
...I am not sure I get what the "challenge" is...to see who's will sound the best or who can be the most creative? ...
i gathered it was more of a personal challenge that anyone interested can join in on. i find my best work emerges when i limit myself in some way. i think we've all spent unmentionable hours tweaking mic placement, synth patches, mix levels, reverb levels, compressor settings, etc. sometimes i just want to lock myself in the bathroom with my guitar, a djembe, a mic, 4-track, and a box of pop-tarts. in fact, i might go do that now....
What about if I use dynamic mics as drum sticks? Would that count?
My very first music recording (when I was 15!!) I had a single dynamic mic, guitar, bass, and a karaoke box with 1/4" ins and two cassette decks in it. I just used two tapes and repeatedly playbacked and overdubbed layers, but when I got to the drums... I had no drums so I simply tapped on the mic's windscreen THUMP THUMP THUMP
Okay i cheated a bit... the Synth bass is DI'd, but other then that everything is recorded using an sE x1R, The synthy sounds at the end are actually done using an ebow on the acoustic guitar (another new toy, i had to work it into something)
in a terrible room but i think it does alright
conversion to mp3 adds a ****tonne of noise to the quiet bits, if anyone's super interested i could upload a wav
I've done this very thing before on a whole EP for a friend of mine.
He had been doing his own recordings for years on a cassette 4 track with a single Shure mic used for everything.
When he decided to have me do his EP, we both wanted to "recreate" the 4 track experience at my place to some degree.
I decided the key to that was to simply use one 57 for literally everything, like he did at home.
I think I cheated and used a 58 for the vocal...
It sounded great, in fact it was still too hi fi for him!
The best part was how fast I was able to work. Moving from one overdub to another was just too fast and easy.
Amazing how much time it shaved off to never have to deal with a different mic / clip / stand etc... or phantom power.
Just moved the 57 to another source and kept working.
Great experience, it stuck with me in terms of setting things up so that I can move forward as quickly as possible during a session.
This is a great way to get an old school sound. Not old school as in limited frequency response, although you're gonna get that with a 57...
But old school as in everything is glued together sonically, sounds like it lives in the same universe, etc.
Partially because with one mic / one overdub at a time, you can use the same preamp on everything too.
I've been thinking for years it would be cool to do this with a workhorse condenser too, like a 414.