Recording Secrets For The Small Studio - Additional Resources

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.

Multimic Setup 1

This microphone setup used five Avantone CK1 microphones (with their cardioid capsules) to record the vertical dispersion characteristic sof 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.
Clarinet multimic setup 1
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MicBb ClarinetBass ClarinetPosition
AWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt eye level pointing downwards towards the instrument
BWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt approximately chin level pointing slightly downwards towards the instrument
CWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt approximately chest height pointing slightly downwards towards the instrument
DWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt approximately waist height pointing towards the instrument.
EWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowPointing 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.
Clarinet multimic setup 1
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MicBb ClarinetBass ClarinetPosition
AWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrow40 degrees to the player's left, pointing towards the instrument at waist height
BWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowOn axis to the instrument, pointing towards it at waist height
CWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrow40 degrees to the player's right, pointing towards the instrument at waist height
DWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowOn axis to the instrument, pointing downwards at it from head height
EWAV/MP3 play_arrowWAV/MP3 play_arrowOn axis to the instrument, pointing upwards at it from below