Deering artist Alison Brown uses her Julia Belle low banjo to perform a rendition of John Hartford’s “Steam Powered Aereo Plane” through a pair of Royer R-121 ribbon microphones. She then invites engineer Matt Coles to demonstrate the best starting points using a single microphone.
MICROPHONES & RECORDING BANJO
FEATURING ALISON BROWN & STUART DUNCAN
Deering is proud to team up with Royer Labs and Compass Sound Studios to bring you five informative videos that will give you the foundation you need to capture the best possible banjo sound.
Whether you are using a USB mic, have a basic home studio set up, or you find yourself in a professional studio setting, many, if not all of the principles will apply and will give you a great starting point in recording your banjo.
Ribbon Microphones & Recording Banjo Episode 1 with Alison Brown
Ribbon Microphones & Recording Banjo Episode 2 with Alison Brown & Stuart Duncan
Alison Brown is joined by Stuart Duncan on clawhammer banjo on a duet of "Arkansas Traveller" before engineer Matt Coles explains how he achieved Alison’s microphone set up using a spaced pair of Royer R-121's. Matt also demonstrates an easy baffle idea to help you control the room noise, wherever you are.
Ribbon Microphones & Recording Banjo Episode 3 with Stuart Duncan - Single Royer R-122V
Stuart Duncan uses the new Vega Vintage Star banjo to talk about techniques he uses to mic for an old time sound with an R-122V Vacuum Tube Ribbon Microphone. Stuart also talks about using a dampener on the banjo – a common technique in the clawhammer world.