Best Microphones For Miking Upright Piano
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Best Microphones For Miking Upright Piano

The upright piano is a beautiful instrument and its size makes it a much more practical instrument than the larger grand piano. Its wide range and shorter strings provide a full sound and rich timbre that sound slightly sharper than its grand cousin. The vast dynamic range of the upright piano allows for soft passages…

Best Microphones For Miking Grand Piano
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Best Microphones For Miking Grand Piano

The grand piano is one of the most beautiful instruments on the planet. Its wide range and long strings provide a full sound and incredibly rich timbre. The dynamic range of the grand piano allows for the most hushed passages and the most thunderous climaxes. There are few instruments that rival the majesty of the…

Best Microphones For Miking Recorder
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Best Microphones For Miking Recorder

I remember learning to play the recorder in my Canadian elementary school. This was before I had taken an interest in music and way before I had become interested in microphone technology. Although I’ll personally remember the recorder as an inexpensive plastic woodwind instrument in a classroom, the recorder really deserves more credit. It’s a…

Best Microphones For Miking Piccolo
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Best Microphones For Miking Piccolo

Bright and whimsical are the two words I’d use to describe the piccolo. The piccolo is the highest pitched common woodwind instrument and sometimes has leading roles in orchestral pieces. When we’re tasked with recording or reinforcing the sound on a piccolo, microphone selection should be considered. So what microphones best suit the piccolo? Here…

Best Microphones For Miking Oboe
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Best Microphones For Miking Oboe

Oboes are beautiful and expressive instruments with a variety of distinctive tones. This bright sounding instrument takes its place in the soprano range and often has a notable role in an orchestras and chamber ensembles. When we’re tasked with recording or reinforcing the sound on an oboe, microphone selection should be considered. What microphones suit…

Best Microphones For Miking Contrabassoon
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Best Microphones For Miking Contrabassoon

The contrabassoon is an amazingly deep sounding woodwind instrument. Its tube is twice as long and plays an octave below as its smaller cousin, the bassoon. Contrabassoons play in the same sub-bass range as tubas, but with a deeper more string-like tonality. The contrabassoon finds its home mainly in orchestral and chamber ensembles. When it…

Best Microphones For Miking Bassoon
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Best Microphones For Miking Bassoon

The bassoon is wonderful double-reed woodwind instrument with a rich and dark tone. It is best known for its prominence in orchestral and chamber ensembles, where it typically plays tenor and bass roles. When it comes time to record or spot-mic the bassoon, a microphone is surely needed. What microphones lend themselves best to the…

Best Microphones For Miking Bass Clarinet
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Best Microphones For Miking Bass Clarinet

The bass clarinet is a popular member of the clarinet family due to its plethora of tones and practicality in orchestral pieces. When it comes to recording or spot-miking a bass clarinet, a microphone is surely needed. So what microphones lend themselves best to the bass clarinet? Here are my top 3 recommendations: Top 3…

Best Microphones For Miking English Horn
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Best Microphones For Miking English Horn

The English horn is neither a true brass horn, nor originally from England. It is, however, one of many straight tubed woodwind instruments. The English horn’s sound is rich but dark. If the oboe were considered a soprano, the English horn would be the tenor. When it comes time to record or spot-mic the English…

Best Microphones For Miking Mandola
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Best Microphones For Miking Mandola

The mandola is a bright and joyful sounding instrument. It is to a mandolin what a viola is to a violin. The mandola is not as popular as the mandolin and is often heard as a solo instrument. If you’ve ever played or heard a mandola before, you know its beautiful sound. When recording the…

Best Microphones For Miking Mandocello
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Best Microphones For Miking Mandocello

The mandocello has a very interesting sound. It is to a mandolin what a cello is to a violin. The sound is comparable to a 12-string guitar in a lower tuning. If you’ve ever played or heard a mandocello before, you know its delightful sound. When recording the mandocello or reinforcing it live, the signal…

Best Microphones For Miking Double/Upright Bass
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Best Microphones For Miking Double/Upright Bass

The double bass (upright bass) is the lowest pitched string instrument in modern-day orchestral ensembles. The instrument is also found in Jazz, Bluegrass, and Country ensembles along with plenty of other genres today. When used in an ensemble, it is typically the main pitched instrument to occupy the bass frequency range (hence the name). The…