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1 week 2 days ago #761 by ChristopherGBrown
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Is anyone else using non-percussion items as percussion? I'm making a pretty acoustic based record, and didn't want to use proper drums for the most part. So far I've utilized my oil tank, washing machine, and microphone stand, but I wanted to see if anyone else had any suggestions for fun non-instruments to try to hit with sticks and brushes.
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1 week 2 days ago #762 by Aged Machine
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You can do lots of cool things with a standard old-school saw, bending and tapping with various things... prop the metal end up against something and give it just enough force to stay put and then tap the metal at various points.
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1 week 2 days ago - 1 week 2 days ago #763 by jarrettosborn
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I’ve used a canister of salt like a shaker, some metal bowls, kids toys (kid xylophone). Last year I got one of those desk top drum sets from my kids for Christmas, so I was determined to use them in RPM, which I did for a song intro. Stacking things and using far mic placements are some ways of making small items appear more present in the mix.
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1 week 2 days ago #767 by DollButcher
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The piezo contact mics used for ukuleles can be used as a contact mic for percussion. I used to bring one of these around the city when I lived in LA, mine had a magnet so I would just stick it on the train and record the sounds or I would rest it on a desk and slam my fist down for a different bass drum type tone, windows sound interesting too. Also, also a piezo contact mic is basically a drum trigger.
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1 week 2 days ago #770 by Dweeb
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Last year I did include a Washing Machine Solo, but it was more of a break-down :P

I have so many percussion instruments that I don't even use that I find it hard to mentally justify banging on random objects in my basement
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1 week 2 days ago #771 by ChristopherGBrown
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Dweeb wrote: Last year I did include a Washing Machine Solo, but it was more of a break-down :P


You can't just say things like that and leave us wondering, got a link? :)

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1 week 2 days ago #772 by klandry
klandry replied the topic: Alternative percussion
Toasters, knifes on glasses, something in a coffee can...
I usually don't use percussion, but here's my kitchen item train wreck:

alonetone.com/keithlandryacoustic/tracks/a-knife-and-a-bottle

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1 week 1 day ago #793 by A Relative Term
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So many things can be used as percussion- I'll list a few things I've used, but they may not be ideal across the board and are kind of specific to certain objects. In short, some cooking pots sound great, others do not. I'll often hit something just to hear what it sounds like.

cooking pots and pans
salad tongs
railroad spikes
doorbell chimes
deconstructed wind chimes
tools (have a 5-in-1 that sounds great)
beer/liquor bottles (hit with light sticks, like chopsticks and add liquid to alter the pitch/tones)
christmas ornaments
cereal boxes
rubbermaid tubs
sandpaper
keys


So many of these things require a particular way of "playing" them as well. It's not always about the thing appearing with the sound. Sometimes the way you play it can draw out the sound or the musicality of the object. The amount of times I've finished a recording and looked at myself and the position I'm in while clicking two pieces of plastic together...:silly:

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1 week 1 day ago #795 by robertjames1971
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Sometimes when I try to record acoustic guitars the microphone unwillingly becomes a percussion instrument.
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1 week 1 day ago #796 by marz
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Stapler. With staples in it. Hold it up close to an SM57 and it makes for a great simulacrum of a double-hit snare.

Don't forget to collect the staples off the floor after you're done.
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