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Jason M Wagner

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Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:03:35 pm »

Banjo miking, your thoughts?
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2011, 12:08:22 am »

Take the mic away from the accordion....
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2011, 12:11:54 am »

I usually just use an sm57.  A few times I have clipped on an Audio-Technica PRO 35 to offer some more freedom to the musician.
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2011, 04:43:12 am »

Banjo miking, your thoughts?

I have had quite good results with Pro 35 type microphones. Excelent GBF, and quite a natural sound also. I clip it onto the bottom of the banjo, and bend it round so that the capsule is quite close to the skin
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 06:07:19 am »

Take the mic away from the accordion....

You mean you actually gave a mic to the accordianist in the first place?  ;D
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 07:38:06 am »

Banjo miking, your thoughts?

Paddle Faster!

Sorry, couldn't help myself  ;D

David.
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2011, 07:57:21 am »

Banjo miking, your thoughts?

Depends on the how the banjo is being used in the music. What style. Open back played clawhammer is differnt from a resonator played with three finger rolls. How the musician plays the mic also matters.

Any good mic works, choice of mic really depends on how it fits into the mix. I have used Pro 35, Pro 37, ATM650, SM57, SM27, SM44, AT4033, E906, KM184, KM185, DPA 4099, and a whole host of others I have probably forgotten about.
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 10:35:44 am »

Location, location, location.  Placement will affect this as much as mic choice.  Maybe more.
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2011, 02:16:54 pm »

Banjo miking, your thoughts?

It really depends on the tone and style of the banjo and how it's played?  Is it a 5-string?  Scruggs style, clawhammer, Irish frailing?  I usually use a decent condenser.  For old-time I'll sometimes use a dynamic.  Open back banjos are really quiet.  Closed ones are pretty loud.
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Re: Banjo miking, your thoughts?
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2011, 05:56:22 pm »

Banjo miking, your thoughts?

Though not apparent to the uninitiated, the banjo possesses a wide range of subtlety.

I suggest your favorite flavor condenser mic.

The list Jay posted has some good suggestions
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