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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001190.txt from 2003/06

From: "Benjamin Maas" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re: Best microphones for recording flutes and other woodwinds
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 13:37:41 -0400

What style are we talking about? Is it orchestral/classical. If that =
the case, any good quality condenser mic placed a few feet back should =
fine. By good quality, I mean any Neumann, any Schoeps, any Sennheiser =
series mic (except the 416 and 418 which are shotgun mics for long =
micing), Any microtech geffel... My favorites are Schoeps CMC6-MK4 (in =
good room), Sennheiser MKH40, and Microtech Geffel M930.

While mics are important (obviously), the placement is more important. =
usually mic woodwinds from at least a couple feet out (even in a "close =
situation) as the sound is not pleasant right up next to the instrument.
For jazz sessions, I place mics about an arm length out and for =
soloists a bit more. For section work (ie orchestra), I place one mic =
front of the flute/clarinet and one in front of the oboe/bassoon (2nd
players for both usually) at a height of about 6-7 feet. This way you =
a section sound, but can get the definiton on the instruments as needed.


Benjamin Maas
Fifth Circle Audio
Los Angeles, CA

> -----Original Message-----
> From:]=20
> The orchestra that my wife and I play in hires a technician=20
> to record our concerts. He does a poor job. Other than=20
> balance problems, the woodwinds, especially the flutes come=20
> out sounding weak and warbly.
> We have complained, and the answer came back to us - what do=20
> you recommend.
> It seems to us that the problem is in the microphones. I=20
> haven't yet been able to find out what equipment he does use.
> Who has recomendations for microphones that will do a good=20
> job recording woodwinds, especially flutes? Ben Maas, are you=20
> out there? Help!
> Walter Grabner

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