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If this is the David Lewiston who made the Explorer Series for Nonesuch, 
etc., he has more experience than all of us combined in recording folk 
instruments and groups under all kinds of circumstances.  I've admired his 
skillful work from the git-go.

Steve Smolian

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:07 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] portable sound recording devices


> At 09:34 PM 4/18/2006, David Lewiston wrote:
>>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 well behaved.
>
> I don't disagree with the advice but the mic preamp may be what is 
> overloaded, not the mic itself.
>
> Do bagpipes really get up to 120 dB SPL where you would mic them? The 
> Audio Technica AT-822 that I suggested as a good buy will generate 1% THD 
> at 1 kHz at 125 dB SPL.
>
> At that point, the mic will be putting out over half a volt AC.
>
> If indeed the bagpipe is putting out in excess of 120 dB SPL, then the 
> musician needs to seriously worry about hearing protection.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Richard
>
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