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Title: Japanese Koto
Post by: David Kaiser on April 22, 2011, 05:29:49 pm
I have been told that there will be a three piece group playing these on an outdoor stage at my next gig. My available mics are AT-MB4000C, AT dynamic mics, and Crown PZM 30D and 180's. I also have two Shure 545 and a couple of SM57.  Mixers will be a pair of Mackie 1604VLZ's. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Japanese Koto
Post by: Roland Clarke on April 22, 2011, 06:02:30 pm
I've only recorded Koto on one occasion, but it wasn't a difficult instrument to get a handle on.  I would recommend treating it like a guitar or banjo.  It doesn't have much low end, I used a condensor, but would think that a dynamic might work better if GBF is an issue, if not, any good quality small diameter condensors should do the trick!
Title: Re: Japanese Koto
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on April 22, 2011, 07:08:32 pm
I have been told that there will be a three piece group playing these on an outdoor stage at my next gig. My available mics are AT-MB4000C, AT dynamic mics, and Crown PZM 30D and 180's. I also have two Shure 545 and a couple of SM57.  Mixers will be a pair of Mackie 1604VLZ's. Any suggestions?

I'd use matched mics no matter what type you choose.  If the players don't have a preferred placement, stick your head down there and give a listen for the sweet spot.
Title: Re: Japanese Koto
Post by: Kirby Yarbrough on April 22, 2011, 10:12:10 pm
Check YouTube for some videos of the koto being played.  Your mic placement needs to take into account the seated position of the player and the low profile of the instrument.  Very short desk stands will work, or even placing mics at an upward angle on small pillows or folded cloths.  Put a flower arrangement in front of the mics.
Title: Re: Japanese Koto
Post by: Charlie Zureki on April 23, 2011, 10:47:45 am
I have been told that there will be a three piece group playing these on an outdoor stage at my next gig. My available mics are AT-MB4000C, AT dynamic mics, and Crown PZM 30D and 180's. I also have two Shure 545 and a couple of SM57.  Mixers will be a pair of Mackie 1604VLZ's. Any suggestions?

I'd use matched mics no matter what type you choose.  If the players don't have a preferred placement, stick your head down there and give a listen for the sweet spot.

   +1   and I've had success mic'g it similar to a piano, but in closer.

   Hammer