Recording a harmonica

Discussion in 'Recording Studio' started by kfowler8, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. kfowler8

    kfowler8 Senior Member

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    I've got a folky acoustic song I'm working on recording and want to add a harmonica on it. Nothing fancy and it won't be the center piece of the song. It just fits really well.

    What's the best mic to record this with and setup? I've read a large condenser and about 3' back depending on how much of the room you want in it.

    Mic options are:
    AKG c414 XLS
    Shure SM7b
    Shure SM57
    EV RE20

    I'm thinking the c414 in a cardioid pattern.
  2. DarrellV

    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Premium Member

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    Nov 1, 2016
    The harmonica players I've seen hold the mic in their hands against the back of the harmonica.

    I would think a fixed mike would lend to proximity effects as the player moved around while playing.

    I would think the sm57 would do good as it can handle pretty good spls at close range.

    Difficult to hold in hand tho...

    I'm used to seeing guys use one of these....


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