How do I record the Violin, Cello, Trumpet, Oboe, Strings, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn, Harp, or Tambourine.

There are many instruments in this section so we'll try to keep it brief.

Violin - A nice condenser mic a few feet in front of the violin and around 6 feet high pointed at the strings to give it depth. Move back for more room ambience. Pretty easy to record

Cello - A nice condenser mic a few feet in front of the cello pointed at the top of the strings to give it depth. Move back for more room ambience. Pretty easy to record.

Trumpet - Light compression with a nice condenser mic about a foot to two feet from the bell.

Oboe - Light compression with a nice bass sensitive Sennheiser MD-441 or similar dynamic mic even with the top of the head of the player and tilted towards their waist.

Strings - Use a large diaphragm condenser microphone in the best room you can find with two mics set up overhead at around 8 feet and recorded in stereo and a room mic as far away as possible if you have an extra. Double or triple track it to make it sound bigger panning it hard left right and center in the case of triple tracking. Ad reverb judiciously in the mix.

Flute - Light compression with a nice condenser mic about a foot to two feet over the flute looking down on it.

Saxophone - Light compression with a nice condenser mic about a foot to two feet from the bell and aimed a foot over the top of the bell.

Clarinet - Light compression with a nice bass sensitive condenser mic even with the top of the head of the player and tilted towards their waist.

French Horn - Light compression with a nice condenser mic about a foot to two feet from the bell and aimed a foot over the top of the bell.

Harps - Use two or three large diaphragm condenser microphone in the best room you can find with two mics set up in front of the harp at around 4 feet and pointed at the bass and treble strings. Record in stereo and with a room mic as far away as possible if you have an extra mic. Double or triple track it to make it sound bigger panning it hard left right and center in the case of triple tracking. Ad reverb judiciously in the mix.

Tambourine - Light compression with a nice condenser mic about a foot to two feet in front of the flute looking down on it.

Tips and Tricks - Already set up and you just need tips and tricks to make your recording sound better.

Drums - If you need help or tips on recording acoustic drums then this is the place to check out.

Acoustic Guitars - If you want help recording an acoustic guitar then check out this page.

Bass - Need help capturing that electric bass we offer a few options for you here.

Vocals - Vocals can make or break a project. Get some nice tips for recording vocals here.

Electric Guitars - If you want help recording a electric guitar then check out this page.

Mixing - Need help mixing those tracks to get the right sound from your mix. We can help here.

Equalization or Eq - Do you have a basic overall level and the tracks panned where you want them. Then check out our tips on Equalization or Eq.

Adding Audio effects - If you have the levels where you want them and have added Eq its time to add some plug-ins or effects like reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, and other effects to help that final mix shine.

Mastering - Need help mastering your songs. Get the low down here.

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