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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000012.txt from 2001/02

Subj: RE: [kl] recording
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 17:46:58 -0500

My mistake - I am recording - it is ONLY solo piano. No other instrument.

Any changes??


At 11:31 AM 2/1/01 -0800, you wrote:
>Wow... what a bright sounding set of microphones (especially the AKGs). I'd
>probably start with your Neumanns in a ORTF setting a few feet out (wherever
>it sounds good). Piano lid full stick, you standing in the crook of the
>instrument. If you need to spot the instrument, you can go either mono or
>stereo. (personal preference). I'd place the spot mic on axis of the
>instrument fairly close in aiming towards the strings. Pan everything hard
>left and right. Control your stereo spread by the angle of the microphones.
>I'd make sure the piano's angle is less than or equal to the front angle.
>As for a piano spot, try the 414's... They are both pretty darn bright
>mics, but you'll have to use your ears as to which you like more.
>Get a sound that you like from your front pair. IF you need the spots,
>listen to them directly... Try to position yourself and them to minimize
>the clarinet sound in the piano mics (with cardiods, it shouldn't be too
>much of an issue). Make sure the spots are getting a good sound on the
>piano alone. When you are happy with that sound, bring it in slowly to the
>point where you have good articulation, but it doesn't sound "mic'd." You
>don't have the ability to delay and time align the spots so the higher the
>level, the less depth you'll have in your recording.
>Benjamin Maas
>Freelance Clarinetist and Recording Engineer
>Los Angeles, CA
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Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Advisor, Recording Services
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
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