Recording a banjo

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by John Davis, Nov 15, 2001.

  1. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    Ok, I don't know if this belongs here or in Recording Equip., so I posted it here.

    Ok, in one of my bands we have a banjo player, and I need to know how to record it. I would prefer if we could use it live too because so far we've been using a normal mic and the level the strings are at, but the banjoist likes to move. Any ideas?
  2. It might be possible to use the same setup for live and recording, but it depends on how accurate you want the banjo to sound. In general, stuff that's designed for live amplification is designed to be loud, whereas stuff for studio is designed to be accurate. For banjo, you can get a clip on gooseneck mic. The only problem is that it's pretty susceptible to feeedback at high volume. They probably have piezo transducers built into replacement bridge pieces, and this will allow you to get louder without feedback, but will have what some feel is an undesirable "quack".
  3. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    i think fishman makes a piezo that's adaptable for does yamaha

    jed clampett never needed a mike :D