All set up to record mandolin tomorrow with Jeff Parker, aka @421beagle. It should be a fun day when you have tools like these to work with! Can’t go wrong with the fat sound of a Royer SF-12a and a pair of MA-100 Mojave mics! I have the stock MA-100 capsules, which get a great deal of use, and a set of @micrehab modded capsules specifically made and tuned to record mandolins. They also sound great on other sources, but the objective was to focus on them being my go to mics for the ole mando. I use this combo because the mandolin chop needs to be fat and punchy, like a snare drum and the plucked mandolin can get muddy on the bottom and strident on the very top end when you dial in the chop so that it cuts and has the width to support a rich sounding rhythm track. So, I tend to lean on the Royer for much of the chop duties and the Mojave’s to do the fills and solo-ing for the most part. I find that once I get them in beautiful phase together, I don’t have to do any eq work in post and I get as natural captured sound as I’ve ever heard by blending them together and automating their volumes as needed.
Been working on a lot of string parts for a 90-minute documentary score I'm writing. Here's a snippet of one of the sections with my friend Travis on viola. I added a touch of reverb onto the viola, as well as layered the track underneath it. Captured with a Royer 122. #juicetheproducer#filmscore#royer122