Flute Recording Experiences?

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Member Since: Jul 26, 2009

Recording Flute

I am about to record a flute and am interested to hear other peoples
experiences. Have done this once before using a pair of Studio Projects C4
mics. Theory was was have a very good room acoustically and a pair of
omniís can provide a vibey and live feel to the recording.

Have thought about perhaps trying an omni condenser valve mic such as an

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MASSIVE Mastering, LLC
Since: Aug 05, 2008

Aug 10, 2009 10:21 am

Nothing wrong with that - Keep in mind that you're going to capture the movement and position of the player, so strap him/her to the floor.

Flute is such an "in context" thing... I've used ultra-SDC's clipped to the instrument, LDC's a foot over, omni pairs (spaced/Jecklin disk, generally)... It all depends on how the instrument is supposed to fit into the mix later. If it's a typical "rock" (Jethro Tull-ish) or "new jazz" ensemble, the clip mics work well. If it's a solo recording or feature soloist in a typical classical ensemble, the overhead LDC will probably serve you. If you're shooting for the ultimate in "what's happening" and you're trying to capture the flute "as it is" for an ensemble that was recorded in a similar fashion** the the omni/Jecklin would be ideal.

** When I need to capture small ensembles one instrument at a time, I tend to use the omni/Jecklin and leave everything alone, marking floor positions with spike tape. If you haven't tried it, just think about it for a minute and you'll figure out why it's ideal.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Aug 11, 2009 10:00 pm

Massive hit all the right combo's for flute for the most part.

I had tried a couple different ribbon's as well a while back and gotten a fairly natural and warmish track from that. But that was in a nearly perfect room as well. It will be somewhat like the LDC only a bit closer in. Still staying above to avoid to much breath in the track.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Aug 11, 2009 10:02 pm

Oh yes, and MM is spot on with nailing the players feet to the floor. I'd go as far as taping them to a post as well. Any straying will alter the sound you capture.

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