[Insert Church Name]
Welcome to the first issue of the Sound Booth Review.
The newsletter provides schedule and event
information. It contains a “Meet The Team Member”
section, as well as a few technical articles. You might
even find some humor sprinkled within.
Djembe Microphone Techniques
The djembe is a great musical instrument that blends
well into the church worship setting. However,
microphone placement for the djembe is not a hard
and fast rule. Here are the guidelines you can use for
providing the best amplification.
Djembes are either mic'd with a single microphone
from above or with two microphones. The
difference in techniques is primarily about the amount
of low end signal. Mic'ing the top of a djembe gives
plenty of the slap sound associated with the drum.
However, there isn't much in the way of the bass
Using the two microphone method, use the MXL
condenser microphone for the top microphone. Place
it 1-2 inches from the drum head. You can pick up a
drum mic clip that will hold it on the djembe. Next,
using a dynamic microphone (our Shure SM58's),
place it near the bottom of the djembe using a
small mic stand. Don't place the microphone up and
inside the djembe. Place it near the bottom and angle
it at 45 degrees. This part requires trial and error
until you get the bass sound the way you like. Here at
church , I place the stand base right next to the
djembe stand base and I like that sound.
Using the two microphone method, you can now
brighten your slaps on the top microphone via EQ and
adjust your bass sounds using the lower microphone.
Take out a lot of the midrange and highs from the
bottom microphone. When you listen to just the
bottom microphone, you'll hear a muddy sound – but
that's OK. Once you add in that top microphone,
you'll get the crisp, fat drum sound you want.
I've used both methods. I prefer the two microphone
method. It sounds much fuller. The difference is
Inside This Issue
Volume One 1
Djembe Microphone Techniques 1
Meet [Insert Name] 2
A Worship Leader's Perspective 2
Phantom Power and When To Use It 3
Luke, I am Your Father's Sound Guy 4
A Round of Applause for Mr. [Insert Name] 5
Janua r y, 2009
By [Insert Name]