I'm using an LCR (Left Centre Right) configuration for Percussion on the Stereo Volvo tracking. Timbales, Cowbells and Splash Cymbals are all set on a "tree" so rather than simply a stereo overhead or spaced pair the LCR works beautifully to ensure there is body and weight in the overall image. So a Stereo X-Y Audio Technica condenser along with the newly beloved OPR UM Rocket Ribbon as the centre capture; all equal distance from the centre of the Timbale skins. Also tried the Josephson E22's on Congas and Bongos and was delighted - clearly not only intended for Toms. Big thanx to Scott Bennett for his hard work, managing to capture no less than eleven (!!) groove and various percussion tracks. Let the editing begin...
Spent today and will do so tomorrow with Pete Warren-Smith and Scott Bennett laying down grooves on the upcoming 2nd album for Stereo Volvo. So a bit of A-P for those who might be interested:
From this...through this...into this...
A couple of points for the engineers out there: my favourite secondary Kick (and cool Snare) mic' configuration "a la derriere" using my new Open Plan Ultra-Mod Rocket Ribbon; and the Overheads may look strange but this variation on ORTF ensures the Kick and Snare fall in the centre of the stereo image. Only 7 mic's on the Kit and it was massive; all condensers bar the Ribbon at "the rear": Wunder CM7 FET on the Kick, AKG 214 on the Snare, Josephson E22's on Rack and Floor, with a pair of AKG C451's on Overheads.
This Easter Sunday the Renaissance Festival is proud to host a live performance by the latest incarnation of Stereo Volvo. Formed as a 5 piece with 2 live drummers the original line up released their debut album almost a decade ago, receiving an on-line GOLD INDY award and inclusion on the “Kiss My Grass” compilation album by KISS FM released shortly thereafter.
Life intervened and a hiatus followed while as members raised families and developed music studio businesses as well as recorded and toured internationally with other artists. Late last year in 2016 the two original composers Pete Warren-Smith and Anthony “ToK” Norris re-formed Stereo Volvo with an entirely fresh batch of material but in a smaller lineup than the former quintet.
Now a trio featuring “ToK” on Trumpet (electric), PWS on Bass (electric) and former drummer Scottie Bennett on Percussion (not electric) Stereo Volvo melds their elite musicianship and improvisation atop def beats and grooves, that results in a “Space Dub ’n’ Jazz Experience.”
The trio is currently in pre-production for a second album and bring this soon to be recorded material LIVE to stage this Easter Sunday 4pm @ the Renaissance Festival. (100 Tarrango Road, Yarra Junction)