[Dixielandjazz] RE: clarinets and mikes

LARRY'S Signs and Large Format Printing sign.guy at charter.net
Mon Nov 22 20:19:07 PST 2004

Mikes and clarinets.  The problem with the clarinet is that just about any
good mike works OK until you play B or C or C#.  Especially B then it
becomes a P shooter right into the mike.  I like to use two mikes.  one
pointing at the bell and one at the holes and then balance them so you don't
get the blast from B.  There is a mike on the market like that but it looks
like a snake ready to strike.

 The real nifty thing would be an electronic switch that would mount on the
bell and sense the B cup then switch off the lower mike or turn the or
single mike down when the key fell to eliminate the blast.  By the way that
would be doable.  So for those who are electronically inclined you just made
a  lot of money.  With a gadget like that you could use any mike.  It would
be sort of an auto volume control.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tito Martino" <tmartino at terra.com.br>
To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2004 4:49 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] RE: clarinets and mikes

> Joe  Hopkins  asked:
> <<<Do the clarinet players on this list have recommendations as to the
> best mike to use? Does it really matter that much?>>>
> Hello Joe, remember me? We played together at the Sacramento Festival
> 2003. I was fond of that and really had a ball.
> Now, yes, microphones do make a difference. They don't need to be
> expensive, but they need to be good and that means, with a respectable
> brand name.  I use a Sennheiser MD 421-II because it's not "hard", has
> good overall sound spectrum, very friendly to clarinet sound, and is a
> cardioid, meaning that you can dance with your clarinet at a reasonable
> distance of it, center, left or right, over and down, and it will still
> be picking your sound.  It IS expensive, but sure it makes a BIG
> difference. From the Sennheiser site:
> <<The MD 421 II continues the tradition of the MD 421 which has been one
> of Sennheiser's most popular dynamic mics for over 35 years. The large
> diaphragm, dynamic element handles high sound pressure levels, making it
> a natural for recording guitars and drums. The MD 421's full-bodied
> cardioid pattern, and five-position bass control make it an excellent
> choice for most instruments, as well as group vocals, or radio broadcast
> announcers. One listen and you'll know why it's a classic.>>
> take a look at their site:
> http://www.sennheiserusa.com/newsite/productdetail.asp?transid=000984
> Jim Kash would know better, let's hope he's around.
> Cheers and beers,
> Tito Martino
> Sao Paulo Brazil
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