Mallet Hardness and Overtones - a visualization

The tool I used for this (Insight) is part of Izotope's mastering suite of software. This is not its normal use, but it provides a nice visualization of acoustic energy in real time across the frequency spectrum. Something went awry with the way that Quicktime did the screen capture, so by the end of the video, the waveforms are appearing significantly later and out of sync with the sound, but you will be able to still associate them and see the differing harmonic content. The frequency is represented along the bottom of the graph.

Hardware here was: a pair of Earthworks SR-25 mics (very flat response), Neve 5024 preamps, Universal Audio interface. There was no processing on the sound at all.





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Comments

wow this is amazing! thank you randy!!! you rock!

Great demo, Randy! Thanks for doing it.

Barry

Great demo!

I asked Randy to talk about this at the coffee shop this weekend.

It totally makes sense. When you hit a vibes bar on the node (and dampen the bar with the other mallet) to get a harmonic, it always works better to use hard mallets.

great point!