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Recording a trumpet, and what am I missing?

Discussion in 'Brass' started by trumpet_mad, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. trumpet_mad

    trumpet_mad Guest

    hey all,

    I'm asking some help with recording a trumpet, but with a twist. We are looking at recording a trumpet with a pickup mic so that it's portable on stage, and processing it through ableton live /or reason.

    I've currently got:

    mbox 2
    a condenser, dynamic, ribbon mics

    do i need a silent brass system? what kind of mic works with clip onto bells?

    thanks in advance!
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The DPA 4099T is the one I use as a clip-on to a trumpet. For live work, you can use it with a UHF belt pack for ultimate mobility. In a studio, I would never take a recording signal through a radio unit.
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The Silent Brass has two tiny condenser capsules that are very easy to overload in normal recording. The DPA recommended is excellent as well as some good if lesser options from AT and AKG.
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    This isn't responsive since none of these clip on, but I really prefer ribbons or dynamics for trumpet. I'd use the Sennheiser 421 of the mics that I have. My daughter loves the 441, but I have not broken down and gotten one (expensive). If I were on stage and was going to go through a lot of processors I'd probably just use an SM57.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    The problem I had in the Marine bands was that the horn sections would be jumping all over the stage. I started with wired clip ons then had to go to wireless.
  6. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Can't get those damned Marines to sit still.
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Lol. There is some truth there. All other musical and warfighter duties were so regimented that show band / top 40 bands provided an outlet for the young troops. I mean they actually acted like they were 18 or 19 or something.....
  8. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    There are numerous rubber isolated trumpet bell mounts already available. They are generally not supplied with wireless belt pack systems. And then there is the microphone that must be chosen. There are plenty of lovely inexpensive and expensive microphones to choose from as the other guys have mentioned. So having capsules from Sony, Sennheiser, Countrymen, AT & others are handy to have an assortment of. So I've invested in all of those also yup, all of those. And you can get that assortment for around the same price as a single DPA. So microphones are our palette of colors even if all you like is chocolate. You know damn well somebody's going to want vanilla or strawberry if not pistachio. But I've never been able to afford to stick a lobster on a trumpet wireless. C'est la vie

    I've never tried chocolate covered ants
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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