A couple of weeks ago I did a solo house party/warming
gig of about 50 people/kids/birds/horses/‘dogs and cats living together’ etc etc.
Many different types of entertainment. Hula dancing,
magician, fire knife, puppet show, music (me) and ‘STORYTELLING’
I have never actually been around someone who has
for many years been a ‘real’ storyteller and I was fascinated.
She was about 70-80 years old, she sat in a chair and I put my SM58 (on a boom stand)
in front of her and off we went. I remember thinking during her performance
that she must have some CDs or DVDs etc and that I would try to buy one.
As I was ‘packing up’ she came to thank me for use of the mic and
that’s when I discovered that she had no CDs or DVDs or tapes etc of her storys
and she had in fact suffered two strokes in recent years and wanted desperately
to get these storys recorded before she ………… well you know.
‘Well’ I said. (like Superman) "that’s my ‘job’!
First there is no $$$ involved. This will be from the heart.
We are planning on having about 15-20 people
for the recording. Outside evening.
I rarely take my good mics on location but this time
1-I am thinking about using two U87’s going into
a stereo Joe Meek SC4 for the audience/background sounds.
(The Meek has ‘AES/EBU’ digital connections
but I won’t be using that feature on this trip).
2-I plan on using two gold cup AKG 414s each going into
a Manley Voxbox for main vox.
3-All four mics then go into a Yamaha n12 then Firewire to my Macbook.
Oh yeah and C7.
I have never done any recording like this and at first glance one would think, O’ ‘this is a piece of cake’.
But I have learned over the years that ‘simple/easy’ is often the the same ‘cake’ that Murphy eats.
So any advice would be welcomed guys .
Recording is in about six weeks.
(I’m hoping she will still be with us).
A MAJOR TIA (thanks in advance)
And sending much Aloha.