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I'm about to record a soprano sax soloist in my living-room. The guy playing is a semi-pro and we have the following equipment:


  • AKG Solidtube
  • RODE NT1000
  • Matched pair of ADK Vienna Edition
  • SM57


  • dbx 376 tube mic preamp


  • Digidesign Digi002 Rack

We will use the dbx for the main mic and then via SPDI/F and also put up the Vienna for ambience/room and plug them into the 002.

I think we have decent equipment to get a good take. However I'm not so sure about what mics to choose and what mic placement to use for the soprano sax.

Should we go for the clean NT1000 or the more colorful Solidtube? Or perhaps the SM57?

Yes I know it depends. Yes I know that listening is most important, but it would be great to get a hint from you guys on how to start .



anonymous Fri, 08/12/2005 - 09:56

Ok thanks, the session is now through 8) !

First I hung blankets and cloth on the curtain hangers in the room in order to calm down the acoustics.

After experimenting a with the mic position we ended up with the Solidtube pretty close (2 ft) from the lower part of the body of the sax. We had to do it this close because too much of the room went into the recording otherwise.

The result sounds reasonably good in my ears!

We should have taken a picture... but I own no digital camera and my analog is out of film!

Thanks for taking your time! :wink:


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