Hot Potato

August 2, 2010 7:50 AM

I'm taking this night class in 'Audio Recording' at NYU, and we assembled a small group of people to practice making field recordings in Washington Square Park. 'Hot Potato' was sung and played by a duo in town from Tennessee who played accordion and ukulele.

My involvement was being a part of the recording team, and later mixing the recording. We used a lavaliere mic to capture the female singer / Uke player, and we used a super-cardioid mic on the male singer / accordion player. We were limited in terms of equipment by what was offered through the class, and I would have chosen a different micing scheme had we been in a different context.

Believe it or not, the soprano voice is the male accordion player.

posted by mythicalbyrd (2 comments total)

It's well recorded.

But my dog and wife both objected to the singing.

posted by reklus at 2:55 PM on August 3, 2010

Ha! I liked it.

And yeah, maybe more to the point from your perspective, this is a totally workable field recording, far better than random walking-around-with-a-Zoom jackassery. Nice and clear, very warm and lively.

What kind of ambient noise were you dealing with when this was going on? Nothing jumps out at a reasonable listening volume, I'm curious how aggressively you were having to manage that in the field and in mixing after.
posted by cortex at 8:53 AM on August 6, 2010

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