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Sound Capture Technical Parameters of Colombian Folk Music Instruments for Virtual Sound Banks Use

This paper describes the appropriate and correct way of dealing with the technical conceptualizations required for the digital sound capture of Colombian folk music instruments, taking into account the particular parameters of each instrument and the current audio file formats used in virtual sound banks. This paper does not pose either new capture techniques or microphone placements. Instead, the task carried out herein uses well known methods in order to get precise and clear audio takes that will allow a significant number of audio samples for the configuration of sound banks that can be used in music software and also as virtual instruments. The different tests and analysis carried out showed that a broad sound capture is required (covering the overall instrument range), using plain frequency response microphones, with high-resolution digital conversion formats (96 kHz/24 bits), and near and distant stereo recordings, all these in acoustically-controlled and well-conditioned ambiences.

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