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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

    May 4, 2016
    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 Distinguished Moderator Resource Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    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

    May 10, 2016
    Portland Oregon
    +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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