Micing Classical String Bass
Thinking of solo classical string bass- I’ve had this come up twice this year. What do you all do for accent micing? Any success stories for Mains positions?
My best success has been with a stereo 414s in fig 8, aimed at the lower portion of the front panel, with the null on the bridge- from about 2ft out. https://soundcloud…
- a good acoustic room
- 2 Schoeps CMC62s
- 3 AKG 414s
- 2 MBHO omni/cards
- 1 AEA r88
to work with, as well as a DMA bass student who is willing to be my test subject
I’ve previously read a forum story about someone Micing an orchestral bass section from behind/above the section with good results… Also the forums and DPA suggest an omni stuffed under the bridge of the instrument! (that one will take some convincing)
Under studio conditions, there is no harm in taking many more microphone tracks than you are going to use, including a bridge mic or pickup. At mixdown, you might use the room mics to determine the overall sound you want from the instrument, and then you can blend in the pickup to give you a little more attack. However, be sure to delay the bridge channel by a millisecond or so relative to the channels from the microphones on stands so that it reinforces but does not form the leading edge of the resulting sound.
In performance, an omni under the bridge of a bass can work well for jazz and the like, especially where the main aim is an attacking rhythmic sound when pizzicato. The other stories you mention about unusual orchestral miking may well have had their origins in the difficulty of isolating a bass section in the acoustic of the particular venue.
In this case I'm trying to mic for tone- imagine a session with bass and 'cello, or bass and voice, where I might need to reinforce the tone of the instrument for balance. Perhaps I should have titled the thread Micing for Meat? :)
It's all in the mix actually...
Mx. Remy Ann David
I'm fine with orchestral spots- I just find that in a solo or duo situation with bass my accent mics need to add tone rather than articulation. Since all of my bass spot micing experience has been in an orchestral context, I was wondering how someone would spot for a solo bass sound.
I do have a ribbon! AEA r88. Love it.
Let's just be smear about that.
Mx. Remy Ann David
RemyRAD, post: 399427, member: 49130 wrote: That might be state-of-the-ART
I see what you did there :)
I just watched this and thought it might be worth adding a video to the thread.