How I Record Steelpan and Why I Use this Technique - Equipment Choice


Equipment Choice and History:

My current techniques and basic equipment were chosen to fulfill the following criteria:

  • My setup had to be capable of making good quality recordings under conditions I was likely to run into at the venue.
  • The equipment had to be affordable. To a degree you get what you pay for, but I have tried to spend more of my available capital funds on the items most likely to improve the recording.
  • My core set of equipment had to be compact and portable, I wanted to be able to carry it from my location near New York to Trinidad without incurring additional baggage charges.
  • It was highly desirable that the equipment could be battery operable when no power was easily available.
  • The equipment had to be able to be set up and taken down quickly at the venue.