Worship Leader Tip: Position that Mic Properly

Ever tried to mic a woodwind instrument at the bell. Doesn’t work, does it?! That’s because most woodwinds (sax, clarinet, etc.) are best miced were the sound emanates – which is the top most opening at the given time. Flutes are best around the mouthpiece, but can be airy.

Here is a great read over at emusician.com about mic placement on various instruments based on resonance and radiation. It’s complete, including “woof” tones to avoid on a cello.

clipped from emusician.com

A little physics goes a long way in the recording studio.

An understanding of physics doesn’t hurt, either. For example, if an engineer knows something about the sound radiation patterns of acoustic instruments, he or she can position the microphone for optimum audio reproduction. Most engineers learn about mic placement through experience, but a little quantitative knowledge can help a great deal.

Another area of concern is the resonant characteristics of acoustic instruments. Many instruments do not emit sound at a uniform volume, even when the player maintains a consistent dynamic level. Certain notes sound louder than others because of the resonances within the instrument. However, most engineers don’t know the specifics of these resonances, relying solely on their ears and experience to reveal appropriate mic placement and EQ settings.


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