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Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome aboard dsmith
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:19:19 PM »
I'm an amateur musician and recording engineer. I'm interested in all kinds of instruments and I recently discovered a picture of my old djembe that my friend destroyed by sitting on it :)  My music is often ambient and incorporate different world instruments. I'm interested in learning about the scales, styles, and techniques of arab instruments.

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Hi Barnik,

I'm just getting started myself with playing different kinds of hand drums. I did have a djembe at one point, until a friend sat on it while playing. I have recorded some people, however, and typically you want to use the same kinds of dynamic mics that work well with other kinds of drums. The Sennheiser MD-421 is a good choice, but, if you're on a budget you can't go wrong with an SM-57. Condenser mics may have their own resonances which can interact poorly with drums when close miced.  The do work well as overheads for a drum group ensemble, however. I have an inexpensive MXR ribbon mic that I find also works well when I want a slightly darker sound.

Ney Kawala Sound & Videos / Re: a new ney video and a basic ney tutorial
« on: November 25, 2015, 08:01:27 PM »
I'm really enjoying this video, the playing is absolutely haunting.

I'm not that familiar with arab scales, does anyone know what the closest western scale is called? The wikipedia page talked about this not generally being a chromatic instrument but it didn't go into detail on the intervals used in the scale.

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