Facebook social media iconTwitter social media iconYouTube social media iconSubmit to Reddit

An Introduction to Compression: Basic Compression - A free download from Audio Masterclass

An Introduction to Equalization - A free download from Audio Masterclass

Equipping Your Home Recording Studio - A free download from Audio Masterclass

This one simple mistake will lose you a third of your songwriting royalties - with video

When using a drum virtual instrument, should you record each drum to its own individual track?

What is production? Part 4: Mixing

Q: Why do I have to record acoustic guitar twice?

Exploring the MASSIVE headroom in your DAW

New monitors? Now you need to tune in your ears.

What is production? Part 2: Arrangement

A simple mixing tip that will improve (nearly) all of your mixes

New vs. old guitar strings: Part 1 - The case for new guitar strings

Setting microphone preamplifier gain to achieve both adequate headroom and a good signal-to-noise ratio

Can you mic up a clarinet by taping a microphone to the bell?

Tape a mic to the bell? It saves a mic stand, the mic moves with the player. Sounds great. Or not...

Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR

Question from an Audio Masterclass student: “I tried miking a clarinet by taping a mic onto the bell but when some of the holes are uncovered, the sound becomes softer. What to do?”

Leaving aside the question whether the King of Clarinet is Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw, it is a fact that clarinetists tend to move around a lot, particularly jazz clarinetists.

So whether for recording or live sound, the engineer has a problem where to put the microphone.

But there is one obvious answer – put the microphone where the sound comes out and fix it to the bell. This is very easy to do with miniature clip-on microphones, and indeed special clips are available for just this purpose.

But there is a problem. Although it might seem intuitively obvious that the sound comes out of the bell, in fact it comes out from the whole length of the instrument.

Stand next to the clarinetist and get him or her to play a few scales. You will clearly hear that the position of the main sound output changes according to which holes are covered.

And when all of the holes are covered to play the lowest note the instrument is capable of, then suddenly all of the sound comes out of the bell.

Clearly then a microphone taped to the bell will pick up very uneven levels.

There is no real 100% solution to this, but a partial solution is to have the microphone attached to the bell, but on a short boom and positioned outside of the bell. This way, the microphone will pick up a much more even sound that doesn't change in level from note to note.

Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
Please click here if there are broken links or missing images in this article

By David Mellor Thursday November 30, 2006
Online courses from Audio Masterclass