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Old 08-24-2019, 03:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Drone Volume in Old Recordings

My understanding is that on the earliest acoustic recordings, the microphones could not pick up any drone sound above the chanter, so a second piper was employed to play drones only, pointing them directly into the mic, but that's before these.

On the field recorders, the microphones are very sensitive, as they had to pick up everything in the room, not just the person speaking into them.

There may well be something to your theory - but actually I think it is likely that chanters (and reeds) have gotten louder than vice versa.
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