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Making Acoustic Recordings of Music Boxes
By Beatrice Robertson

Hi group, I have just completed recording several music boxes in my
collection, primarily for addition of music to the MBSI web site,
but also to share with other collectors.

At the suggestion of Reg Smith, I purchased a Sony Mini-Disc Digital
Recorder.  (I have the "Walkman" size which is handy to take to open
houses.)  I also purchased a Sony digital mic, which was a very
important addition.  The quality of the original recordings has been
exceptional, especially for a novice.

One of the things I found to be the most difficult was finding the
distance away from the large disc boxes to avoid objectionable noise
recorded from the clatter and clunks inherent in the large discs while
they flex.  And to find a suitable surface to place the miniature music
boxes on to get the clearest sound (I ended up using a large mahogany
disc box for a sound base.)

To continue the procedure for the purpose I intended, I copy
the recordings into my computer.  Because the recording is digital,
I just cable the recorder line out plug into my SoundBlaster line in
plug and copy into Wave Studio.

A side benefit of copying into the computer is that you can edit
somewhat.  The coin drop on my Symphonion sounded like clashing
cymbals, so I toned it down a touch.  The funniest one I encountered is
the cylinder shift in the middle of a 2 revolution tune on an early F.
Nicole keywind -- a vigorous clunk!  I then encoded the music into Real
Audio and have begun to place music with instruments on the MBSI web

I have attached two examples for Jody to include in his sound files.
I will appreciate your comments.

Beatrice Robertson
MBSI Webmaster and other assorted duties!

 [ Jody will place the Real Audio files at the MMD web site
 [ "Audio and MIDI File",

(Message sent Wed 14 Jan 1998, 12:23:56 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

Key Words in Subject:  Acoustic, Boxes, Making, Music, Recordings

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