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重庆体彩网重庆体彩网n live sound, there is a good enough reason for this - most of the sound from a saxophone comes from the bell. 重庆体彩网n live sound, if the sound source is louder or closer to the microphone, then less preamp gain is needed and there is less chance of feedback.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网ut next time you are in the same room as a saxophonist, and you have the chance to get up close and personal, listen with one ear from the side of the instrument.
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重庆体彩网重庆体彩网isten with your ear by the bell, by the mouthpiece, and at all positions in between as the saxophonist plays.
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重庆体彩网重庆体彩网irstly, the differences in sound texture are huge - the sound close to the mouthpiece is very different to the sound from the bell.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网nd if you listen from the centre of the instrument you will clearly hear that different notes seem to come from different points along its length.
重庆体彩网ow turn your head so that you are facing the instrument from the side and your ears are parallel to its length.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网t this point you will almost certainly be convinced that if you only ever point a microphone at the bell of the saxophone, then you are missing out on the wonderful variety of sound textures that can be achieved.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网o what is the best microphone position to record the saxophone?
重庆体彩网'm reluctant to say that there is one best position. 重庆体彩网ou might like the sound from the bell for one production, or the more breathy sound from close to the mouthpiece for another.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网ut as a general rule for any instrument, if you are close-miking the instrument then point the microphone towards the centre of the instrument at a distance of about 1.5 times its longest dimension.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网hat's always a good place to start, and then experiment with distance, position and angle.
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