I’m sure you can imagine the look on my face after seeing 3 keyboards, marimba, trumpet and a bunch of other stuff on a single input list. I wasn’t even sure how I’d fit all that gear in our studio, let alone mix it live. Fortunately, the guys from Man Man brought vibe (and vibes har har), hilarious personalities and awesome music. Challenge accepted.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vSgSdgErhA]
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My Fathead II’s were still on spaced pair overhead duty when this session was recorded, so much of the drum sound can be attributed to the way their ribbon elements respond to transients and cream over the mid-range. These overheads were reinforced by Shure’s discontinued KMS 109, a small diaphragm condenser, which was placed to capture detail from the splash cymbals.
If you can’t tell by the 58s on my input list, I was running out of mics. Though I was searching for a pair of mics with some mid-range cutting power, I ended up using a pair of AMT B811’s for the small marimba. One may not assume as much considering their very small diameter diaphragm, these mics are actually pretty neutral in the mid to high frequency range. Ultimately, the AMTs won me over with their excellent off-axis high frequency rejection, which was important since the marimba was right next to a stack of cymbals.
Finally, a very spaced pair of 414’s in omni, about 5 feet from the kit on either side, captured the room. They helped pull all the audible instruments together while adding some dimension to the recording.
Tech babble aside, if you’re not smelling what Man Man is cooking, you need to have your nostrils examined. Or something. Lots of fun, awesome music, and great guys. Check them out at http://manmanbandband.com.