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The 'Recording Secrets' Library Of Microphone Positions:
Flute

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 flute.

  • Vertical Dispersion: For these audio examples, all the mics were set up around 40cm from the instrument at different heights.


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Mic Position
A WAV/MP3 bp Just above head height pointing towards the instrument
B WAV/MP3 bp At approximately eye level pointing towards the instrument
C WAV/MP3 bp At approximately chin level pointing towards the instrument
D WAV/MP3 bp At approximately chest height pointing towards the instrument
E WAV/MP3 bp At approximately waist height pointing towards the instrument.


MULTIMIC SETUP 2

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

  • Horizontal Dispersion: For this set of audio examples, the microphones were set up in a line slightly tilted from the horizontal plane (to match the natural slant of the instrument during use) with all mics approximately 20cm above the level of the instrument, pointing downwards towards it.


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Mic Position
A WAV/MP3 bp 90 degrees to the player's right, pointing towards the instrument
B WAV/MP3 bp In front of the tail of the instrument, pointing slightly inwards
C WAV/MP3 bp Pointing at the centre of the instrument
D WAV/MP3 bp In front of the mouthpiece of the instrument, pointing slightly inwards
E WAV/MP3 bp 90 degrees to the player's left, pointing towards the instrument

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