Are you a saxophone enthusiast? Do you have an interest in woodwind instruments? Or perhaps want to know how to record a horn? Here are the awesome tips on how to recording a saxophone.
Mic to use
A microphone is necessary for any instrument recording or audio recordings.Whenever you want to record a saxophone, a clear and high-quality microphone helps in making awesome records.An example of a high quality and dynamic microphone that can be used to record a horn is the Shure SM57 or the SM58, which can also be utilized in a live setting.Note that Robbin mics have been described as the best in recording wind and brass instruments. Ribbon mics have a scoop range of between 2kHz to 4kHz.In case the vintage ribbon mic is not affordable, finding a condenser that does not overemphasize the higher mid-range works well with the saxophone too.
When using a condenser in recording a saxophone you should be very conscious of incidental noise coming out of the instrument and also too much hiss or pop.When recording any wind instruments such as the saxophone, it is important that the mic should be able to withstand the often the force of sound coming out of the bell.
Placement of the mic
There is no fundamental rule of the proximity of the instrument and the microphones, but certain factors affect efficiency during a recording.The placement will vary depending on the room, your gear and the player too.Placing your mic in a way that it gets an ample coverage of all parts of the saxophone is essential.This medium is because the saxophone produces sound from all parts of the horn.The mic should not be placed too close to the bell of the instrument as it will accentuate the lower frequencies instead of capturing the full sound of the saxophone.
It is suggested that the length of the saxophone should be almost the same as the distance between the mic and the player with the mic placed between the bell and the mouthpiece.Multiple microphones can achieve different kinds of configurations.
Room sound vs. Saxophone sound
The sound room environment is a determining factor to the final cut of an instrument recording.Recording in a more open environment will replicate the experience of hearing a live saxophone.If working in a less natural room or with more noise, having a closer mic placement is the best option.
Although there are many suggestions for mic placement, the best method is the power of experimentation.