What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

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twistedblues
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What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

Post by twistedblues » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:37 pm

What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

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Re: What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

Post by rinneby » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:48 pm

twistedblues wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:37 pm
What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?
You can't really go wrong with a pair of Neumann KM184. But any transparent/quality condenser microphone will do, U47 clones/replicas are usually great for nylon as well.

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Re: What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

Post by Kurt Penner » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:13 pm

My Neumann Km 184 has been good to me. I will experiment with LDC next.

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Re: What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:09 pm

Most specialists, historically, use small diaphragm condensers, such as DPA. To generalise, SDCs are more accurate, LDCs are often voiced to flatter the human voice.
I originally compared a Neumann (can't remember the model but it was the same price as the next cited) and an AKG C414 - the latter although large diaphragm, was more faithful. I ended thinking it was like fizzy drinks - you might prefer a sip of one and a glass of the other; I preferred a sip of the Neumann and a glassful of the AKG.
I now normally use two Hebden Sound SDCs.
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Re: What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

Post by petermc61 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:09 am

Nothing like a ribbon I reckon, if you can afford a decent preamp.

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Re: What type of microphone do you prefer for recording your nylon string?

Post by tubeman » Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:51 am

When I was a recording engineer, Schoeps were my favorite. I think mine were CMC 65s.
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