Tips for recording a harmonica

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Gripthegrip
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Post Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:04 am

Any suggestions

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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:18 am

For the bluesy screaming sound: get a Shure 520DX "Green Bullet" mic and run it through a guitar amp with slight overdrive.
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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:33 am

put the harmonica in one room, put the mic in another room

job done

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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:46 am

im looking forward to the modular plus harmonica jams :tu:

jochicago
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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:28 pm

Does this not work?:
1. Put mic on stand
2. Stand ~6 inches from mic
3. Play harmonica

I see people do the thing of holding a dynamic mic pushed into the harmonica, holding both to your face. That may be a convenient way to hold the mic, but I don't think it makes for the best sound.

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BertKoor
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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:35 am

jochicago wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:28 pm
Does this not work?:
1. Put mic on stand
2. Stand ~6 inches from mic
3. Play harmonica

I see people do the thing of holding a dynamic mic pushed into the harmonica, holding both to your face. That may be a convenient way to hold the mic, but I don't think it makes for the best sound.
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This legendary guy had an incredibly clean and good sound every single gig, so no...
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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:35 am

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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:56 am

BertKoor wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:35 am
This legendary guy had an incredibly clean and good sound every single gig, so no...
I think that's going to depend hard on the mic and the treatment (eq, etc). Typical vocal mics are not made to be used that way, so I think you are going to want a combination of a harmonic and mic that make the distortion complimentary.

I was actually working on a harmonica track that was recorded this way with a Telefunken, and it sounds like death coming to knock on the door. So much harshness, even my best tools could not take it out. It probably has to do with the fact that the Telefunken is more sensitive than your average dynamic.

So anyone that has a "legendary" sound with their harmonica playing, I would bet they also have a preferred mic they would never let go.

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Re: Tips for recording a harmonica

Post Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:44 pm

Gripthegrip wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:04 am
Any suggestions
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