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  • Sax microphone

    Hello,

    Does anyone have recommendatios on what mic to use on a Sax?

    Thanks,

    Brian

  • #2
    For what? Stage or Studio ????
    What type of sax?? (sop, alto, tenor, bari?? It does make a difference...)

    Two standards for many decades have been the dynamics: Sennheiser MD-421 and the EV RE-20. (I use a 421.)

    Here's a good article for you to start on: Micing Brass
    Tim O'Brien

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    • #3
      Hello,

      It would be for Alto, Tenor and Soprano and only for live work.

      Thanks,

      Brian

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      • #4
        Don't mean to hijack your thread, but I've been thinking of posting this for a while.

        I'm looking for a good mic that I can bring with me to gigs. I'm currently in a rock band with three horns (Me on Tenor, plus a Trombonist and Trumpet player). What's really annoying me is that certain notes, specifically notes that require pressing all the keys below A, come out pretty clearly with the bell in front of the mic. Any notes with a lot of open keys, e.g. C#, get lost in the mix because most of the sound is coming out of the keys, not the bell. We did some recording, and the guy who recorded us pointed the mic sort of halfway between the bell and keys. It was a genius solution that worked great, but it doesn't work as well live, where the soundguys don't always know what to do with horn players, and the mic's aren't necessarily ideal. So I've been thinking of just buying my own mic for live stuff.
        cLIck

        Member: OFFICIAL Bad Monkey Club







        Originally Posted by RUExp?


        My fingers told me I should practice more and I told them to mind their own business.

        And they said, "screw you" and I said, "don't take that tone with me."

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        • #5
          I don't know what a good mic would be, but you might consider something like a Sound Back to focus the acoustic sound a little better. Mike Vax, Rick Baptist and tons of others use the trumpet model and love them (or so Vax told me!).

          http://www.soundback.com/
          Play more bass.

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          • #6
            Sennheiser MD421

            Large diaphragm, no proximity effect to speak of, rugged as can be, and it will not change your tone like those other mics I've tried (and I've tried many).

            I was needing a new mic, and I went to my local music store. The owner took a 421 out of his recording studio and said I could try it for the weekend, and if I liked it he would order one for me.

            I was playing Sundays upstairs at a yacht basin in a room with open windows. A musician friend of mine came to see us, and when she came in she said "What did you do to your sax! It sounds great! I could hear the difference in the parking lot!!!"

            It's simply the best dynamic mic you can get for a saxophone.

            Insights and incites by Notes
            Bob "Notes" Norton
            Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
            Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box and add on styles for Microsoft SongSmith
            The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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            • #7
              Sennheiser MD421

              Large diaphragm, no proximity effect to speak of, rugged as can be, and it will not change your tone like those other mics I've tried (and I've tried many).

              I was needing a new mic, and I went to my local music store. The owner took a 421 out of his recording studio and said I could try it for the weekend, and if I liked it he would order one for me.

              I was playing Sundays upstairs at a yacht basin in a room with open windows. A musician friend of mine came to see us, and when she came in she said "What did you do to your sax! It sounds great! I could hear the difference in the parking lot!!!"

              It's simply the best dynamic mic you can get for a saxophone.

              Insights and incites by Notes


              Ok, well, are there any good mic's that don't cost almost $400.00?
              cLIck

              Member: OFFICIAL Bad Monkey Club







              Originally Posted by RUExp?


              My fingers told me I should practice more and I told them to mind their own business.

              And they said, "screw you" and I said, "don't take that tone with me."

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              • #8
                Try a clip- on dynamic on the bell ( I use an AKG ) , and a small diaphram condensor on a stand out front.
                The clip-on is the sort that is normally used for drums...
                The small diaphram condensor should be cardoid, and carefully angled away from other sources. Condensors can be hell on a stage if you're not careful, but well worth it for me.
                I ain't rich , and this set-up ain't cheap ( around $ 500.00 in my case )... but a good sound's about all I want in the world.
                I have a mic stand out front of me for vocals, so it's pretty convenient to clip on a gooseneck for the condensor...
                I do my own sub-mix with a small mixer ( yamaha mg85cx - which has fx ) and hand the sound man a trs insert cable or a mono send.
                A friend of mine does a similar thing with a clip-on drum mic, but- he then uses one of those little clip-on condensors ( also attached to the bell ) and aims it up the body. I think that if he played in as loud and full-range an environment that I do... he would get lots of feedback on the condensor.

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                • #9
                  It is definitely a matter of taste, but personally I don't like the sound of a sax with the bell mic. The sound of the bell balanced with what is coming out of the key stack sounds much more sax-like to my ears. The bell mic misses some of the nice harmonics I like to hear. But as I said, that's me.

                  I like to put the 421 pointing towards the place between the bell and the body and about as high as the upper A key on my sax.

                  Notes
                  Bob "Notes" Norton
                  Owner, Norton Music http://www.nortonmusic.com
                  Style and Fake disks for Band-in-a-Box and add on styles for Microsoft SongSmith
                  The Sophisticats http://www.s-cats.com >^. .^< >^. .^<

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