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Recording Saxophones

We've been working on another video - the idea to talk about recording saxophones, but it became obvious that many people have never looked at saxophones that hard, so the video stretched a bit - the first section looks at how saxes actually work and how you should not do certain things, and also the kind of detective work you should do when you have somebody with a sax that needs recording.

Recording Saxophones, Mic and Pre-Amp Combo


I am looking for advice on a decent setup for recording saxophones a Mic and a Pre-Amp. Making a call to one of the big online pro-audio companies gives me different advice for every engineer I talk with and the last seemed only to only recommend choices based on the high end of my "budget".

Note: I cannot afford to spend $5,000 on a gold plated vintage Neumann :) and was hoping to stay under $1K for each option not more than $1600 all together.

Mic Suggestions for Saxophone and Flute

Hi everybody I've got about $400.00 to spend on a mic that will be used primarily for Micing sax and flute. I was thinking about possibly picking up an Electro-Voice RE20 for the job based on some things I have read in the past about them. However, I figure that some of you knowledgeble folk might be able to tell me if I'm making a wrong decision or if you know of a better mic to do the job at around this price. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Recording Sax - scared!

Alright, so here's my small dilemma...

I am going to be recording some sax coming up here pretty soon for a rock song. The player is incredible, in fact he has a doctorate's in music (he is the band director at the local college as well), so I really don't want to screw this one up!

My question is out of the following microphones I currently own - that I think would suit this application - (though I can be in the position to rent a microphone if need be) which would be the most suitable: SM57, AT 3035, MXL 993, Apex 435.

Problems recording baritone sax

Last night I recorded my daughter playing some bari sax etudes for a band camp application. I used mid-side with a K2 as the mid and a C414 as the side. Put the mics about 2.5 feet from the sax a little below the bell.

I didn't experiment around too much with mic placement since Alice was working on pieces that she is struggling with, and I didn't want to distract her with a lot of comparative playbacks. (Besides, they say the recording quality doesn't matter. Well, maybe not to them.)

need HELP - recording of sax and trumpet

need HELP !

during next weekend I have to record a sax and a trumpet (swing music) the first time in my life.
Unfortunately I don't have a seperate recording room and it will be quite difficult to get real control over the tone during tracking. Also intensive testing and trials might be difficult. Therefore I need to do it the first time right.

Which preamp do you choose ?
- Voxbox
- Portico 5032
- BG2
- Earthworks

Which microphone do you take:

recording moving & archaic sax player


Jazz band:
sax (soprano, alt & tenor)
guitar / banjo

1 room

Good things first
-A great sax player, no doubt
-Some fairly decent recordings (a couple of nt1a a few feet away)

Bad things
-This guy can not sit or stand still
He drifts around dancing with his sax, so when recording with his band (same room) there's no way to get him in 1 mic without the piano getting in too much...
-He plays: soprano, alt and tenor

recording and mixing saxophone (soprano)

Hi all

Yesterday I recorded someone playing the soprano saxophone.

He's a very engaged player (for over 50 years) using both every dynamic range available and using every corner of the recording space available.

Of course the good thing is: he can play
The bad thing is: I didn't get a stable recording level
He just closes his eyes when playing and he slowly drifts around, while swinging his sax.
So it becomes very difficult to place the mics properly.


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