After 15 years of great discussions, the Sweetwater Forums are now closed and preserved as a "read-only" resource. For discussions about current gear, check us out on Facebook, YouTube, inSync, and our Knowledge Base.
8 years ago
I don't know what your budget is, but I'm getting excellent recordings micing upright basses in a live jazz trio (with drums), using a DPA 4006-TL. It is an omni mic, so there will be some bleed from the drums, but it's a very low level compared to that coming from the bass. I wrap the 4006 in foam and install it in the bridge, just like they show/recommend on the DPA website:http://www.dpamicrophones.com/page.php?PID=104 .Because it's an omni, you don't have the problem with boomyness that you get using cardioids with proximity effect.You didn't mention it, but I assumed you're micing the bass for recording purposes only, and not for channeling into a live sound system. Did I assume correctly ?
The DPA is THE mic for this application, I agree with the others.However, if you can't quite stomach the price, I also like the Audio-Technica ATM350 and the AKG C419 (now the C519). Although both are directional mics, they handle the close-in proximity of being mounted on a stringed instrument without getting muddy with a bunch of bass build-up pretty well.
Interesting, but I'm not really that confident on mini-mics
and other Sweetwater publications!
Sign up for special email offers:
We'll help you get the gear you need!
5501 U.S. Hwy 30 W
Fort Wayne, IN 46818