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Recording without a mic stand

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by Isaac Adni, May 11, 2016.

  1. Isaac Adni

    Isaac Adni Active Member

    Tomorrow, I'm recording someone playing acoustic guitar, and I may not have access to a mic stand. Can I just hold the mic? I know my hand will get tired, but it's a really simple part for a four minute song that I need to record. Btw I'm using a Rode NT2-a tomorrow (not mine, I'm borrowing it).
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    No, don't hold it. It would be better to dangle the mic on its lead from a projecting wooden beam or pole attached to a chair than to have your sub-audio hand movements modulating the audio. Use the HP filter switch on the mic and set it to cardioid pattern.
  3. Lofty Whitaker

    Lofty Whitaker Active Member

    +1 on don't hold it. Very small changes in distance can change the sound drastically. Handling noise could be a problem as well.

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