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Recording Flute in Rock

Discussion in 'Woodwinds' started by TwelveGauge-GT, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Hello there,

    I am planning to record a track in the style of Flights to the Sea by Graham Coxon:
    Graham Coxon ? Flights To The Sea (Lovely Rain) ? Free listening at Last.fm

    I would like to record a flautist (like the above track), but I have not had any experience with recording the instrument before.
    How do you think the flute was likely to have been recorded in that track?
    I'm particularly interested in the mic configuration, rather than processing techniques.
    Without doing much research, I was thinking of just using one condenser spaced about 1 metre from the flute?

    Thanks, TG.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    Rock flute is almost always close-miked, that is, considerably closer than 1m. Depending on what sound you want and where it has to sit in a mix with other instruments, you capture the acoustic eddies from the embrouchure or from the finger holes (open-hole flute). When I play flute on stage with a band, my favourite mic for the instrument is a Beyer M88, and I play with it a few inches above the lip plate. In the studio, I might use an SDC or LDC about a foot from the mouthpiece, but out of the airstream..
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