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Recording Trombone: which mic?
Old 23rd January 2021
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Recording Trombone: which mic?

Any suggestions for mic choices recording a trombone? It's an electro-acoustic project and the Trombone is played over synths and beats. We got an UA610, a API 312 and the pre's of the Babyface FS as options. Mic locker has Rode NT5s, a RE20, a 57, a58 and an AT4040 but we can borrow pretty much everything.
Old 23rd January 2021
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Any suggestions for mic choices recording a trombone? It's an electro-acoustic project and the Trombone is played over synths and beats. We got an UA610, a API 312 and the pre's of the Babyface FS as options. Mic locker has Rode NT5s, a RE20, a 57, a58 and an AT4040 but we can borrow pretty much everything.
Using your stuff, my first try would be the RE20 and the API. But if you can borrow a nice ribbon mic, you should. Ribbons are very low-output, but the API pre will have enough gain with a trombone.
Old 23rd January 2021
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Is it a solo part or more of an overdub situation to sound like a section?
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Using your stuff, my first try would be the RE20 and the API. But if you can borrow a nice ribbon mic, you should. Ribbons are very low-output, but the API pre will have enough gain with a trombone.
second that
Old 23rd January 2021
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Any suggestions for mic choices recording a trombone?

We can borrow pretty much everything.
Borrow an RCA 44-BX!

Or more realistically, borrow a Coles 4038 - also a good choice here.

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Old 23rd January 2021
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Fatheads are excellent for brass.
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Any suggestions for mic choices recording a trombone? It's an electro-acoustic project and the Trombone is played over synths and beats. We got an UA610, a API 312 and the pre's of the Babyface FS as options. Mic locker has Rode NT5s, a RE20, a 57, a58 and an AT4040 but we can borrow pretty much everything.
Aea 44
Old 23rd January 2021
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Ribbons in general are really nice on trombones. I did a record with five trombones all on ribbons and it came out great.
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Is it a solo part or more of an overdub situation to sound like a section?
Both. There are extensive parts with nothing but trombone and very quiet soundscapes in the background.
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Thx - will try that! No ribbon at hand, but might check what's available via borrowing.
Old 24th January 2021
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About any ribbon or large moving coil. Try any kick drum mic's you have around.

Coles 4038, AEA 44, RU4, RU5 would be my first choices.
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Both. There are extensive parts with nothing but trombone and very quiet soundscapes in the background.
Ok. So sound quality is more important than energy if that makes sense.
It was a long time since I recorded brass. Usually sections or solo in a band.
The problem with many trombones is that they can sound very nasal.
With a condenser you can try to back away from the player and capture it more naturally with some space.
It often sounds better than going to close.
But if you're recording to a busier track it might work better to mic closer.

It will probably sound pretty good whatever you end up with.
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For the type of use and aesthetic you describe, I think I’d use a 47fet. The midrange will be really nice there.

For section work I usually use u89 and for solo work either the klaus87 or the 47fet.
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Update: got a Royer R10 & very happy with the results on trombone. Good detail, but a kind of deep, relaxed sound without being mellow.

Also works well with guitars. Good mic for the price.
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recently used a josephson e22s on trombone in a section and it was terrific.
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recently used a josephson e22s on trombone in a section and it was terrific.
For me so far they have been terrific on everything I’ve thrown them in front of!
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