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    I'm trying to record a tambourine, and it's crazy. I can't figure out what to do. No matter how much I bring the level down when trackin, it peaks like crazy (visually).

    I'm using a condenser microphone and I'm guessing that might not be the way to go? I've got the tambouring faaar away from the microphone too.

    Anyone know what to do?

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    I've tracked tampborine through a condensor. I find that I had to stand about 5 feet away from the mic. But it still sounds fine. What I ended up doing was tracking with a dynamic and a condensor and mixed the signals.

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    Here's my hand percussion trick. I have a condensor in another room (my tracking room) and I sit in the control room and play it from there. I've found it always sounds better and it's easier to get it to sit in a mix. In this case, distance is the trick.

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    This may sound a little weird but it works for me. I've used a cheapo dynamic mic, placed about 4-5' away from a tambourene and had good results. I don't often recomend cheap mics (most are really lacking) but sometimes for recording something "jingly or tinny" sounding they work surprisingly well. I don't know if this will work for you but it is worth a try if you have a cheapo hi Z mic laying around.
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    Ribbon mics work great for all types of percussion with lots of high-end energy . . . tambourine, triangle, sleigh bells, cabasa, etc.

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    Aha...I'll try different thinks. Thanks for the tips!

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    Yeah, a condenser should be just fine. A tamborine generally only needs a touch of input gain on the pre, and like you've been doing, don't stand so close.

    I've used a C414 with some nice results.
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    Put the mic above the tamborine pointed down. That way when you play side to side you aren't going towards to the mic. I like using an omni condensor to get some room sound.

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    8 out of 10 times i'll end up with a peak limiter on tambourine.
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