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-David-

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Noise on recordings...diplomatic issue
« on: October 04, 2004, 09:46:59 am »

I've also posted this topic on another forum, so apologies if you read it twice.

I've been booked to record a solo classical guitarist. Problem is he has extremely loud breathing - like a growl at times, and I think it is a nervous tic kind of thing because he doesn't do it when he's not playing. I've done a test recording and there are some very audible breathing sounds (more than is acceptable). Does anyone have any tips (mic placement or otherwise) - obviously I don't want to make the guy self conscious. I've been using a Schoeps ORTF pair at about 1 - 1.5 m away.

Thanks.
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Re: Noise on recordings...diplomatic issue
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2004, 11:40:13 am »

-David- wrote on Mon, 04 October 2004 06:46

I've also posted this topic on another forum, so apologies if you read it twice.

I've been booked to record a solo classical guitarist. Problem is he has extremely loud breathing - like a growl at times, and I think it is a nervous tic kind of thing because he doesn't do it when he's not playing. I've done a test recording and there are some very audible breathing sounds (more than is acceptable). Does anyone have any tips (mic placement or otherwise) - obviously I don't want to make the guy self conscious. I've been using a Schoeps ORTF pair at about 1 - 1.5 m away.

Thanks.


Do you have any figure 8's handy? Mic'ing from closer in with a figure 8 or two and putting the null to his mouth might work very well. Also, possibly at more extreme distances than 1 - 1.5 m the guitar comes across without the breathing?

Supercardioids have nulls too, at about 120 degrees- paradoxically you might end up with a mic or two rather near the guys face but angled so the null is at his mouth.
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