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Sound Advice

Recording Horns by Robert DiGioia

“When recording horns I feel that the best results are achieved by placing the horn section around one mic which has been set on an omni pattern. If it is a fragile condenser mic it is a very good idea to start with a 10 or 20 dB pad on the mic itself. As the players warm up, a good horn section will know how to balance themselves around the mic. The engineer can also assist on this from the control room based on what is heard. If you think you’ll want to double the horns, sometimes it is a good idea to do it as you go. This will ensure a tighter double especially if it is a difficult chart.”

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