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Need advice on location recording a band Dynamic Microphones
Old 18th December 2010
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Need advice on location recording a band

Hello,
I'm going to record a band of 5 musicians on location (a big room where their rehearsals take place, normally). It's for a demo on their website/myspace. And it's in modern pop/rock style.
They only want to do vocals in overdub, the rest in 'one' take.
The band consists of drummer, bassguitarist, guitarist, keyboard player and female singer.
I've got a Macbook Pro with Logic 8, RME FF 400 interface, a Mackie 1402-VLZ PRO and the following mics:

AKG C214 (2x) (matched)
AKG D112
Shure SM57 (2x)
Shure SM58
Shure Beta 58
Blue Encore 200
Samson C03
Shure 16A

I was thinking about the following setup:
drums: 2 x C214 as stereo overheads, D112 on bassdrum, SM57 on snare.
guitar: SM57 in front of cab
bass: direct line input
keyboard1: stereo line input
Keyboard2: spdif input
vocals: Blue Encore 200

Everybody is on headphone monitoring during recording. I'll be putting the drums and guitar amp as far apart as possible to reduce crosstalk.
Any suggestions would be welcome.
Old 14th January 2011
  #2
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Sounds workable...

What you list...

"I was thinking about the following setup:
drums: 2 x C214 as stereo overheads, D112 on bassdrum, SM57 on snare.
guitar: SM57 in front of cab
bass: direct line input
keyboard1: stereo line input
Keyboard2: spdif input" Does this keyboard have an SPDIF out???


The FF400 gives you 6 simultaneous in's (2 mic pre's and 4 line in's). If you used the mic pre's in the Mackie to submix some stuff you could do...

C214's, D112 and snare mic's into the Mackie. Submix these down to a stereo pair. Send these out the Mackie main's or tape out's.

Gtr and bass mic's into the FF400 mic pre's.

Both keyboards into the Mackie line in's, Submix these down to another stereo pair and into the remaining 2 line in's on the FF400 (use the mute buttone on the Mackie to send this stereo pair out on aux bus 3/4
D112, snare and guitar mic's into the Mackie mic pre's then to the FF400 in's.

Using the Mackie's main and aux 3/4 out's will make it pretty easy to listen to the submixes.
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