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We all know that most of the sound from a brass instrument comes from its bell. That said, there is definitely a correct way to mic it if you want it to sound natural. In this video, I'm going to show you how a-list engineers do it. First of all, most brass instruments are edgy and benefit greatly from the mellowness of a ribbon mic. So in this movie we're going to start by using a Royer R-121. If the mic is aimed directly at the bell from a close distance, every bit of the spit, excess tongue noise, air leaks, and all the other nasties that every brass player occasionally produces is much more apparent. (music playing) Backing up the mic a bit can result in a better tone without any of those noises.
Place the mic about two feet away from the bell of the horn, but a bit above the bell and aim towards the mouthpiece. (music playing) Now let's try a condenser mic so you can hear the difference. (music playing) Now let's try a dynamic mic so you can hear the difference.
(music playing) If you want to capture more of the room, move the mic back so it's about 4 feet from the bell of the horn. (music playing) Remember, brass instruments can sound very harsh by nature, so try to use a nice mellow mic to counteract that sound. (music playing) Place the mic about two feet away, slightly above the bell and point it down at the mouthpiece.
If you'd like more of the room ambience, place the mic about 4 feet away from the instrument. (music playing)
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