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Clanky Help/Revolver Tambourine
17 May 2015
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I record a lot of Beatles multitrack covers, and I’m dying to get that awesome metallic/clanky tambourine sound that you hear on songs like “Help “, “Taxman “, and “And Your Bird Can Sing “. Is there a specific kind of tambourine I can buy to get this sound? Or do I want to just go and try out as many tambourines as I can till I find one with very little ring and a very dull sound?

If anyone knows anything about this, it would be much appreciated.

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24 May 2015
Shamrock Womlbs
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maybe this could help you, @NotQuiteGeorge 

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24 May 2015
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It sounds to me like a combination of playing style and production choice. And Your Bird Can Sing is interesting because it sounds like there’s two tambourines, one (or perhaps a maraca) played possibly with a drum stick like a ride cymbal, and the other handheld played at a cross-rhythm. I wouldn’t rule out an EQ-ed maraca, there’s little detail on all the percussion in any of those songs.

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1 July 2015
Oyster Black Pearl
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To get that sound, you need a closely-miked wood-rimmed tambourine (not plastic like today), a room with a certain amount of natural reverb (Studio 2 size), an all analogue signal path (from robust vintage microphones through equally robust and hard-driven compressors to a valve console and ye olde tape machine), the engineering expertise to drive the signal hard through the equipment, plus the natural talent of a Beatle!



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1 July 2015
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I always wondered the same about that clanky sound on Wait . I want to reproduce that 🙁

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