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« Reply #20 on: Sep 01, 2017, 09:30AM »

You can drop both the extreme lows and highs, and shelf boost the mids a little just like you say. For a bucket mute, you might try boosting the lows or boosting the highs on the edges of the mids. For example, on a metal straight mute, the extreme lows and highs get dropped, mids stay the same, and I boosted by quite a bit in the middle high register. I really think the mic needs to be farther away and offset from the bell, especially with mutes. 20 inches is very close. Dynamic mics aren't as good for this type of placement, but ribbon and condenser mics are.

In general you'll get the best sound in a lively room with the mic placed far enough away to let the horn sound breathe but not far enough away to pick up too much of the room sound. These rooms are also easier to play in. In a dead room the mic needs to be closer, and you'll need to process the sound. Dead rooms are a lot harder to play in.

I am still trying to work on my own mic techniques so I am by no means an expert. I've considered joining a home studio forum just to learn more about it.


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« Reply #21 on: Sep 01, 2017, 09:36AM »

I'm going to copy and paste your post into a Word doc so I can keep it handy for review as I tinker.

If you join a recording forum, you may be sorry. lol You think WE are nuts!?!?

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This is a pretty darn good discussion Forum (as they go). But as far as actual playing advice is concerned, don't let it take the place of an instructor you can relate to one-on-one.
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