I try to record every rehearsal or gig I’m involved in because you never know what you might capture... and I just love the technical challenge. On a few occasions I’ve brought in an engineer to mic up and sound check the band so I could get on with just playing. Most of the time, it’s just me setting up whatever I could in the time I had before we’d start playing.
Some things I’ve discovered along the way while recording and mixing under the gun: 1. Over-engineering can often get in the way of the music. 2. Being creative with what’s at hand is more valuable than expensive gear.
The Room: The Slug and Lettuce in Didsbury. Not an ideal place to record, but a fun place to play.
A single Yoga D727 dynamic microphone (Currently available for £5 new at Maplins) was used on the drums (Ian Bell).
Dynamic microphone of this type are usually used in a set to close mic all of the drums with a special mic on the kick drum and overhead mics for the cymbals. Here we have a single cheap dynamic mic sitting over the kick drum aimed at the snare.
Here’s a sample from the gig: https://soundcloud.com/keith-mcgee-...
While there may be as many preferences as there are pairs of ears, I’ve never been a fan of “isolate each instrument then inject them into the listener’s ears”. As much as I can, I try to put the listener on stage with band, or bring the band into the listener’s living room.
Special thanks to Phil Portus for the gig photos.