Miking Solo Brass

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Capturing good brass recordings is not overly difficult when the players are good and the right mics are up. Let’s start with miking a single brass instrument with an R-series mic.   A good starting position is to place the microphone anywhere from 2 to 5 feet in front of the instrument and about 6 inches below the line of sight of the bell. While monitoring through headphones or taking direction from someone listening in the control room, reposition the mic (or have the player adjust his position) until you think it sounds best.   Royers are forgiving of off-axis input and will give consistent results at various distances and angles, so anchoring the player to one position is not necessary. Many microphones will distort if brass is played too close to them, but Royers won’t. R-121 Ribbon Mic Arturo Sandoval at Capitol Studios soloing on an R-122. See video of Arturo Sandoval recording trumpet.   bruce Arturo Sandoval on the Los Angeles Sony scoring stage soloing on an R-122, with an SF-24 distant mic.    R-121 Ribbon Mic Wayne Bergeron soloing on two R-122’s during the recordings for his release Plays Well With Others.   R-121 Ribbon Mic Maynard Ferguson soloing on two R-122’s. Producer Gary Grant looks on.   Brass Set-up Brass Set-up Live trumpet mic setup for a Barry Manalow concert. One R-122.   R-121 Ribbon Mic Dirty Dozen Brass Band solo tuba recorded on an R-122.

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