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The 'Recording Secrets' Library Of Microphone Positions:
Bb Clarinet & Bass Clarinet

The following audio examples were recorded with talented composer and multi-instrumentalist Christian Bolz in his home studio, a carpeted 4x5m room with wood-panelled walls and ceiling. The microphones used were Avantone CK1 small-diaphragm condensers.


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MULTIMIC SETUP 1

This microphone setup used five Avantone CK1 microphones (with their cardioid capsules) to record the vertical dispersion characteristics of a Bb Clarinet and a Bass Clarinet.

  • Vertical Dispersion On Axis: For these audio examples, all the mics were set up around 20cm from the instrument at different heights.


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Mic Bb Clarinet Bass Clarinet Position
A WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp At eye level pointing downwards towards the instrument
B WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp At approximately chin level pointing slightly downwards towards the instrument
C WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp At approximately chest height pointing slightly downwards towards the instrument
D WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp At approximately waist height pointing towards the instrument.
E WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp Pointing directly into the instrument's bell


MULTIMIC SETUP 2

This microphone setup used five Avantone CK1 microphones (with their cardioid capsules) to record the horizontal and vertical dispersion characteristics of the same two clarinets as in Multimic Setup 1.

  • Horizontal & Vertical Dispersion: For this set of audio examples, the microphones were set up in a cross-shaped formation, with all mics pointing inwards towards the instrument from a distance of around 50cm. Mics B, D, and E were on-axis to the instrument; Mic A was around 40 degrees off-axis to the player's left; and Mic A was around 40 degrees off-axis to the player's right.


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Mic Bb Clarinet Bass Clarinet Position
A WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp 40 degrees to the player's left, pointing towards the instrument at waist height
B WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp On axis to the instrument, pointing towards it at waist height
C WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp 40 degrees to the player's right, pointing towards the instrument at waist height
D WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp On axis to the instrument, pointing downwards at it from head height
E WAV/MP3 bp WAV/MP3 bp On axis to the instrument, pointing upwards at it from below

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