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s.a.m.
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Recording Tips fro Reso Players?

Hi -

I'm in the middle of recording songs for a CD release and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for recording resonators?
(Nat'l Steel & a Nat'l wood bodied Estralita)

I've gotten decent sounds using a stereo pair of mics -
the same way you'd record a standard acoustic guitar
but I was wondering if anyone has stumbled on a better way.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Sammo


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Chris used a ribbon mic to great effect...i think to main thing to remember is to mic the cone and mic the f-hole, as the sound coming from those sources is so radically different; then you can blend the two when mixing.

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I usually take the sweet spot of the guitar around the 14th fret with a tube mic (TBone SCT 2000) and that sounds quite good be careful with the extra low bass resonance that happens sometimes specially if you use a lot slappin the bass strings.

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I once resorded a cheap Regal steel-bodied reso the traditional ways, with little luck.

I found the overtones were the only things captured by the equally inexpensive mic I was using, so I took the coverplate off my steel, and re-recorded the track.

The result was a much brighter sound than I anticipated;

I didn't think the reso sounded too good in the room, almost too bright and aggressive; I was going for a smoother, more mellow sound.

However, on the recording it sounded great. Far more mellow-yet-defined than I could achieve normally.

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