One of the longest
established bands in this area, the band SHUMBA has at least been around
since 1982 playing rarely seen african instruments including 5 sizes and
types of Marimbas, and occasional african language vocals. This
performance took place on July 18, 1998 on a small open air stage overlooking
the bank of the North Umpqua and within a hundred foot distance
of the junction of the South Umpqua river at River Forks Park in
Roseburg, Oregon during the annual River Appreciation Celebration event.
This band has only produced one CD release in all its history.
Studios did this initial test recording to see if a formal live outdoor
setting would be better for producing their next CD as opposed to the
multi-mic'd recording studio method of the previous release.......
I'm, at least very encouraged by the results of this impromptu test
recording to do their next release in a similar manner, but with a bit
more 'Bob' control over the loudspeakers next time ...... you decide
if you like what you hear, let me or the band know ....... so that direct
news of the new CD can be sent via E-Mail when ready to distribute.
worn DSM microphones were within 2 feet distance and front centered
with the 12' x12' stage. The stage was only 5 inches raised
above the park lawn with the DSM mics positioned about 1.5 feet
height above the stage floor; I was in the sitting position on the lawn
. A small group of listeners and dancers were to the sides and
behind my position. This performance was (unfortunately) PA'd
by microphones on the instruments , with the loudspeakers off the stage's
outside front side edges. Fortunately, I did get 'Bob', the
sound man, to turn down the PA enough so the acoustical instrument sounds
were much better heard over the speakers from my recording position.
As a result, the direct sounds of the African instruments are
well represented, and the PA speaker sounds help with the thumb harps,
but also provide more ambient sound to be reflected back to the recording
position from the surrounding grassy slopes located 100-200 feet away
from the stage.
- Sonic Studios
DSM-6S/M headworn stereo microphones
- Sony TCD-D100
MOD-2 DAT Deck .