Recording Secrets For The Small Studio - Additional Resources

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.

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.
Flute multimic setup 1
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MicPosition
AWAV/MP3 play_arrowJust above head height pointing towards the instrument
BWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt approximately eye level pointing towards the instrument
CWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt approximately chin level pointing towards the instrument
DWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt approximately chest height pointing towards the instrument
EWAV/MP3 play_arrowAt 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.
Flute multimic setup 2
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MicPosition
AWAV/MP3 play_arrow90 degrees to the player's right, pointing towards the instrument
BWAV/MP3 play_arrowIn front of the tail of the instrument, pointing slightly inwards
CWAV/MP3 play_arrowPointing at the centre of the instrument
DWAV/MP3 play_arrowIn front of the mouthpiece of the instrument, pointing slightly inwards
EWAV/MP3 play_arrow90 degrees to the player's left, pointing towards the instrument