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Which microphone for Flute?

Discussion in 'Woodwinds' started by swanmusic, Jan 9, 2006.

  1. swanmusic

    swanmusic Guest

    I was recording a Flute and Behringer ECM-8000 worked quite well. Is there any other mic you would suggest? I was recording a bamboo (wooden) flute which has a hollow sound. I want to hear more round and warm sound without the windy effect.
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Strangely enough, I would recommend the ElectroVoice RE20 which does not suffer from proximity effect and/or wind problems. Because of its larger diaphragm it should make your flute sound beautifully lush and mellow. Now I wouldn't stay away from ribbon microphones either but you cannot have them blowing directly into them. Again, a foam pop filter is in order for that. Likewise with a condenser unless you use a good foam pop filter. I would use a large diaphragm condenser as opposed to a small diaphragm condenser as the flute will get much too edgy.

    Remy Ann David
  3. sunflute

    sunflute Guest

    Mics for flute

    As a professional flutist, I have tried a number of mics (LD, SDC, and Ribbons) and I so far the best combination I have found is with a ribbon and a SDC. LDC condensers distort the high frequencies of the flute and will make them sound tight and britle. A high end SDC like a schoeps or a B&k mic (OMNI pattern) with a AEA r84 ribbon or a beyer M160 works amazingly well on flute. Also, try positioning the mics over the body of the flute, and avoid the mouth piece area as it will give you too much HF turbulence and negate the beautiful high register emanating from the body of the instrument.

    Marco Granados
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Well-Known Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Hey Marco! Long time no see!

    I would tend to agree on the SDCs. I think a good mix of SDC and ribbon or SDC and a more distant LDC would be good.

    Definitely get the mic away from the mouthpiece and over the toneholes (aiming back up though - even with omnis. They are directional after all within that high frequency)

    But I have to echo Remy's comments - keep the ribbons carefully placed. One errant breath and goodbye element... :x

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