Mallet Choice When Amplified

Hello All,

I am being lazy. We recently made the chance from unplugged to PLUGGED-IN with our Front Ensemble. I should have anticipated that I quickly found out that mallets we had traditionally used suddenly achieved a ";thud"; sound due to the residual vibration of the weight of the mallet/shaft transferring through the frame. Switching to a lighter mallet has made for a better quality of sound.

Who out there has favorites for which brand/model of mallets you use on marimba/vibe/xylophone that are mic'd? On Vibe and Marimba we have a low, mid, and upper range mic.

I appreciate any input.

Since I started using the cheap and effective method of suspending the mics by using a combination of rubber bungies attached to rubber pluming ";O-rings";, I haven had a thump, thud or creek out of the mallet instruments.

I'd also recommend replacing out your tension springs with a bit of regularity. These often get neglected during our season routine, I generally replace at least one every month.
This will ensure that there is enough tension on the string suspending the bars. Loose string=equals a less than adequate fundimental pitch, less projection as well as the possibility of superfluous frame noise.

Which shockmounts are you using? There are some advertised as ";shockmounts"; and I'd hardly call them that.

We have shock mounts, though it does not completely do the trick. Your approach of hanging mics from the resonators is interesting.

Not a direct answer to the question asked, but shock mounts on mallet instruments can help with this frame noise. So can high-pass filters on mixer inputs. I hang microphones from the resonators on large rubber bands and make sure no part of the mic is touching any part of the frame.
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