Articles tagged with: Recording

15 July 2017

A Novel Stereo Kalimba Recording Technique

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Two electric kalimbas, plugged in, hard panned L and R

A Novel Stereo Kalimba Recording Technique

This unique recording technique results in lots of separation between the L and R notes in your recording, and you can be very creative when processing their individual sound.

I invite you to hear what it sounds like - headphones would make the separation effect complete, but I think it actually sounds better through stereo speakers. To listen, just continue reading.

26 April 2016

Doug Fitch on using the Hugh Tracey Kalimba

Written by Doug Fitch Smith, Posted in News and Announcements

Doug is a studio percussionist in NYC, and the kalimba is in his bag

Doug Fitch on using the Hugh Tracey Kalimba

Hi! I'm Doug Fitch, and I have been playing kalimba for about five years. I work as a studio musician in New York City. I'm a percussionist, and one of the special things I bring to the table is the kalimba, and specifically I like Hugh Tracey kalimbas the best.  I've found there is just nothing else like them out there. I own several, and have given them as gifts to friends and family.

I'll be sharing here some of what I've learned about playing, recording, and amplifying the kalimba.  The music you are hearing as you read this is a bit of what I do with the Hugh Tracey kalimba.

 

29 February 2016

Backing Tracks from Kalimba Magic Videos

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

You can jam along to these tracks with several different kalimbas

Backing Tracks from Kalimba Magic Videos

When I make a video of the kalimba, I often feel the kalimba needs support from other instruments, so I add some guitar or bass or rhythm tracks to get some lower sounds in the mix.  I have remixed those support tracks from five of my recent videos.  Most of them have a few seconds of kalimba in the beginning to help you get oriented in the song, and then the kalimba drops out and all that is left is the supporting instruments that should sound really good when you add your own kalimba playing.

How do you know which kalimba to use for which track?  We give you hints about several different kalimbas or tunings that will work for each.  You may very well have a kalimba that will work with one or more of these songs, and if you are willing to retune your kalimba, you can definitely make it work.

I'll also share a little secret about how I record this music - it will probably surprise you!