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Recording live bands with horns

Discussion in 'Brass' started by anonymous, May 30, 2005.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Last night I went to see a band that had a horn player. I quickly realized that if I were gonna record a band like that, shouldn't I get some sort of "clip on " mic. For doing horns, live.
    Doesn't Sennheiser make a clip on? Or is the Audio Technica pro 35ax the way to go? Or which other mic would be good for doing horns and such?
  2. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    A decent dynamic is the best way to go. There are plexiglass donuts that mount to the stand and the mic passes through the middle. The reflection off the donut acts as a passive "monitor" for the player and offers extra isolation for that mic. Always try to avoid stuffing a mic into the bell of a brass instrument. The harmonic structure that contributes to the real sound of brass & woodwinds occurs outside the bell. I'm currently recording a 16 piece R&B project with 5 horns, and this is their live setup, mics on average 18"- 24" from the insrtuments. They always sound great live.
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Oops my bad. My previous post would apply for live sound. for recording, I use medium and large capsule condensers, same distance, with a partition behind the mics. Horns sound best with some air around them, so a live room is the best location. If you have carpet where you track, lay some thin plywood down.
  4. bounce

    bounce Guest

    I love Sennheiser 604e's (tom mics, 3 for $299)) on horns! hot potato.

  5. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    bounce, Thanks for the tip. I have a set of 604's, will try it next time.

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