Martin Mitchell – Marimba

...until last week I had never recorded a Marimba. What an amazing instrument!

Martin Mitchell recently wrote about why he chose to use a Valkyr Stereo Ribbon microphone to record 18 year old percussionist, Darcy Beck (winner of Gloucestershire Young Musician of The Year 2020) performing ‘Prism’ on the Marimba.

“In many respects a ribbon microphone has the best of both worlds. Being a variety of dynamic it can pack a great deal of attack and ‘punch’ and on the other hand has an incredibly light diaphragm (ribbon) which can react to transients and fine detail with incredible precision. There is also an intangible ‘smoothness’ to ribbons that even the best condensers just don’t seem to have.”

Read the full article here

March 17, 2020