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    Default Tabla micing

    I usually use two SDС microphones (XY).
    any more recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dedindi View Post
    I usually use two SDС microphones (XY).
    any more recommendations?
    Well sdc is the way to go if you want to accurately capture the true sound and transients but...
    only of you are talking about professional-level small diaphragm condenser mics. If you are on more of a home-recording/gigging musician budget then you will get better results from a mid-range large diaphragm condenser...particularly those made by Audio-Technica. Just depends on what you want to hear. LDCs sound great but color the sound somewhat...in a good way. SDCs are better at capturing the finer details and sparkle but dont enhance anything.

    Budget level SDCs are also crap compared to budget level LCDs.

    Think of SDC vs LDC like scotch vs bourbon. Expensive scotch can be amazing but cheap scotch is usually much worse than cheap bourbon.

    If this is for studio and you have access then consider a ribbon microphone.

    Now assuming you are fine with your mics but are asking more about positioning...
    Consider placing you SDCs about 6-8" apart and around ear-level so the mics hear what you hear. Look up near-coincident or ortf micing.
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    Use one AKG C414 in cardioid pattern, about 8-10” off the tabla. Aim it slightly towards the daya. No compression or eq needed. I would never record tabla in stereo. It’s very unnatural and caricature-like to hear the instrument hard-panned like some would toms on a kit. You can always add some stereo ambience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismercifulfate View Post
    Use one AKG C414 in cardioid pattern, about 8-10” off the tabla. Aim it slightly towards the daya. No compression or eq needed. I would never record tabla in stereo. It’s very unnatural and caricature-like to hear the instrument hard-panned like some would toms on a kit. You can always add some stereo ambience.
    Stereo micing doesnt necessarily result in a hard-panned stereo image....especially when youre talking about two drums positioned so very close to each other. X/Y micing is only going to give you that huge left to right spread if you first have the instruments spread from left to right....as one might with multiple toms but even then a hard-panned image is best achieved through close-micing. Both coincidental and near-coincidental micing of a single or near-single source is going to produce a full but very natural sound.

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