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Sometimes using two mics on the sax can provide a more balanced and pleasing sound, especially if the player will be playing a lot of high notes. In this video, I'm going to show you how to do just that. The notes at the top of the instrument range come out of the upper left-hand side of the sax. Altissimo notes and high-pitched screams come out of the upper front and middle tone holes. These are usually much louder than most other notes. That's why adding a second mic can not only bring a nice balance to the recording, but a lot more realism as well. Place a small diaphragm condenser directly in front of the sax at a distance of 12-16 inches.
Here is what that mic sounds like by itself. (music playing) Now place a second mic at the top of the sax, up on the left of the instrument, near the reed. Since the sound coming from this placement could be a bit harsh, a mellower mic, like a ribbon, might work better. Here is what that sounds like by itself.
(music playing) Balance the sound between both mics to get the ideal blend. (music playing) Move the mics back slightly for more room ambience and to decrease the valve clicks.
(music playing) So that's how to record a sax with two mics for a more realistic sound. (music playing) Place the mic about 18 inches directly from the sax. Then add a second mic up on the left of the instrument near the reed.
Move the mics back and up to get more ambience and to decrease the valve click. (music playing)
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