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 Recording Audition
Author: Selmer10g 
Date:   2017-11-25 09:52

I am currently trying to record an audition for all-state honor band on clarinet, but am having trouble getting my mic to pick up sound evenly across my whole range. Does anybody have any tips on placement?

I have access to two AKG c430 mini condenser mics, three Shure sm57's, and two Shure sm58's

I also have a Foster VF160 16 track digital multitracker that I can barely use (I know how to record, burn discs, and create programs, and that's it) I've only had a few days to figure it out, and my audition is due really soon.

Any help is apprecciated!

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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: Selmer10g 
Date:   2017-11-25 09:58

I forgot to mention, so far I've tried to record with a sm57 about 6 inches from the middle of the clarinet

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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2017-11-25 20:37

Try to use the 57 farther away. Go for more of the room sound. I'm not a recording engineer, but I've only ever been recorded with lots of isolation when using a mic that close.

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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2017-11-25 22:02

Not a professional recorder either, but you should put the mic farther away

-- Ray Zhang

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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: Selmer10g 
Date:   2017-11-25 22:49

Thanks. I'll try that out

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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: johng 2017
Date:   2017-11-25 23:07

I have the best luck with the mic just behind and a little above the music stand. As someone said, you get more of the room ambiance and less noise from the clarinet.

John Gibson, Founder of JB Linear Music,

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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: Something Music 
Date:   2017-11-25 23:23

My general recording knowledge is 10 feet away and 6 feet high off the ground. Usually a good rule to follow.

If you're in a small room, sometimes it helps to put the mic a distance behind you. I've had surprisingly good takes doing that (though this is kinda sketchy)

Good luck!

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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: FwLineberry 
Date:   2017-11-26 17:56

I think you'd have to crank the input gain way too much with an SM57 to try using that for distance micing. You'd probably be better off using the condensers at that point.

Since you have two of them, you could try one pointed at the top third of the instrument and one pointed at the bottom third. Experiment with the distance. Record each mic to a separate track so you can balance out the sound better when you mix down. Pan one track just left of center and the other just right of center to avoid the tracks interfering with each other.

I have yet to try recording clarinet, but I've recorded a ton of flute. The best sound in that case actually comes from the flutist wearing a headset vocal condenser mic. The mic is right at the head joint of the flute and to the side of the player's mouth. When I record clarinet in the future I'll probably start with that mic position and see what I get.


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 Re: Recording Audition
Author: Selmer10g 
Date:   2017-11-27 11:38

Thanks for all your suggestions. I placed the mic at about 6 ft away and 5.5 ft tall (the stand couldn't go higher). I did have to crank the gain to max, but it worked out all right and the recordings are ready for submission.

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