I'm doing a recording session soon from a small, open boat gliding through the canals of Amsterdam and looking for suggestions how to go about it.
The act is a duet, ukelele and acoustic guitar, with both players singing. They also have a board with battery powered electronica nailed to it - mini-amps, micro-korg, adrenalinn, which gets fired up after a three of four songs and slowly mangles the set into a lo-fi swamp. I am part of the act by the way - but will probably bring someone to monitor/engineer - if there's enough room on the boat!
So I need to pickup and balance the voices, strings (guitar and uke) and electronica through a portable recording system. Set duration about 60 minutes.
Now the fly in the ointment is that the recording will feature the players interviewing themselves, as though they're on the radio. That close-mic sound will need to alternate with the blended sound of the entire combo.
I'd rather not bring a laptop and converters - ideally some handheld recorder like an H4 or LS-10 would be easier to manage and keep safe in cramped and potentially damp surroundings. I'll consider any configuration of equipment in any price range, but common-sense would suggest it's not ultimate quality that can be achieved here, merely a convincing capture of a rather eccentric event.
My thoughts are two lavelier mics, one cardioid LCD on a boom for vox/guits and another omni LCD over the electronica plank, run it all through a little mixer and into a portable recorder. However this might not even fit safely onto a 5 meter dinghy!
All suggestions welcome.
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