Kalacoma are a 5-piece band from Melbourne, Australia writing music which draws on a love for vintage tones and the avant garde.
Focusing on vocal melodies and intricate rhythms, Kalacoma moves from dark and sprawling to minimal and intimate while fusing acoustic and electronic in a live music environment.
The band are currently recording their EP at the Shamrock House and will have more tracks for you to listen to very soon.
Heres a brief description of how Nick Herrera recorded ‘Anxiety’ by Kalacoma using O.P.R ribbon microphones!
released 02 February 2012
Nick Herrera, Samuel Hall, Dhari Vij, Alan Erpi & Marin Sekesan.
By Nick Herrera
guitars – Laney head + Cab – Strat
– Centre of the cone, on axis i used the lolly pop ribbon, because the ribbon is a darker mic it was better for the purpose that i aimed it at the brightest point in the speaker.
– Slightly left of centre coupled to the same speaker and phase coherent to the ribbon i used a sm57
– on opposite speaker, slightly off axis and not phase coherent i used an NT2 condenser set to Cardioid.
i used the ribbon for the bulk of the tone, the 57 gave some extra tops and the NT2 was used to add character and depth of field (given that it was not phase coherent)
not much eq or compression was applied to these signals, but purely finding the right mix between the mics.
(this is a tricky one)
– Kick – D6, about 6 inches from the reso head and about 4 inches from the edge of the drum – this acts as my low end for punch and clarity.
– kick/snare – i used the pill ribbon with the darker side facing the bottom of the snare and the brighter side facing the beater head of the kick, placed directly between the two – driven into a tube pre for extra saturation, this approach gives a hip hop sample style tone, with the crack of the snare wires naturally rolled off by the ribbon and using the proximity effect u get a natural extension of bottom end from the kick.
– Snare – sm 57 about 4 inches from centre. dead side facing the ride.
– high hats – AT4041 condenser
– Floor Tom – Pill ribbon around 50cm away at a 45 degree angle with the dead sides facing the ride cymbal and the snare. this again gives isolation to the tom and a natural bottom end resonance.
– Ride – NT2 Set to Omni – gives a nice open sound and picks up the rest of the kit as well so that upon compression the ride would swell to the beat of the song.
– 2x lollypop ribbons placed in a blumlein arrangement and placed in an adjacent room with a large reverb. these mics because they are phase coherent in the placement give a balanced and wide representation of the drums as a whole with little or no direct signal.
to get the fluid motion of the rhythm for this track a series of side chains were created to make each hit of the beat come from a different source. you may notice that the dimension of the beat within one bar changes as a constant. it is the side chains causing certain mikes to react and pull back to allow other mics to carry the sound at no point during the song are all mics engaged, but rather they dance around each other.
– Bass – this was line in using the sebatron vmp 4000e and also had the NT2 and D6 on the cab
– Vocal – NT2 using the UA twin finity pre amp set to 50% tube 50% solid state.
– Cello – 2x loolypop ribbons placed in an ORTIF array about 50cm from the body of the cello.
all instruments were bused to tape using the revox B77 Stereo tape reel, most post effects were applied prior to hitting the tape, compression and EQ was used sparingly to increase fidelity while tape saturation helped to control the dynamics and improve on the tone.