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Re: Miking Acoustic Bass

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Posted by Rick Meyer on March 28, 2001 at 21:02:51:

In Reply to: Miking Acoustic Bass posted by G. on March 26, 2001 at 21:36:13:

: Sorry, I'm new to the WebBoard thing, please excuse my reposting if this appears twice!

: Anyone with any any experience care to share any ideas on acheiving a nice recording of acoustic bass. It may seem like a broad question, but thats fine. It will be good if I receive a broad response as well. 2 mics? 1 mic? Large diaphragm? Ribbon? Condensor?

: We'll keep it in the jazz genre, just to keep things in perspective. I've generally approached recording with one mic at most times. A KM84 works well for me.

: I've also adapted using 2 mics on occasion, one just above the bridge (between f-hole and bridge facing off-axis towards strings / body), whetehr it be a U87 / 414 (something along the lines of) and a KM84 or something similar up the body a ways, to allow for balance / clarity.

: Best,
: G.

I have had very good results using a combination of an AKG D112 mic and a Fishman B-100 transducer. I have also used a Nishikki CM 300 condenser mic and the Fishman together. You can either blend them through something like the Fishman Bass Blender, or use two seperate channels and mix them on the board.

I've used this combination on my German Pfretzschner and Englehardt Swingmaster and they both record very natural and clean.
Hope this gives you more ideas.

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