When recording such a loud instrument, the mic should not be too close to
it. For pipes & shawms I prefer not to place the mics closer than 20 feet.
Because such loud instruments are intended to be heard out of doors, that's
where I record them.
If a condenser mic mic is too close to such a loud instrument, it may well
overload diaphragm and/or the FET. I've run into this sort of problem.
For such an application I would leave the Neumann condensers in the carrying
bag, choosing instead a dynamic omni such as the EV RE 50, which is very
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: April 18, 2006 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] portable sound recording devices
> Lani Spahr wrote:
>> Hello everyone -
>> A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on portable sound
>> recording devices. He's a fellow piper (I know some of you cannot
>> resist the temptation for making jokes, so now's your chance :-)) who
>> wants to record his lessons. He said he tried a $100 device that was
>> probably a voice recorder with less than great results. So what would
>> you all recommend? - short of not playing the pipes :-)
> Nothing in that price range will be satisfying. You need a recorder with
> separate mike input and with defeatable AGC (automatic gain control). The
> pipes have a wide dynamic range, so AGC will be fatal to decent sound.
> Built-in mikes have too limited frequency range; it's okay to have one,
> but be sure that a better one can be plugged in, defeating any internal.
> I'd like to suggest an MD recorder, but suspect that that would be out of
> his price range, especially with the above. On the other hand, he should
> be able to locate a portable cassette player at a thrift shop which will
> do what's needed, then pick up a better mike when the budget permits.
> The voice recorders built into MP3 players are cute, convenient and will
> be unsatisfactory for sound.
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