Recording techniques:Marimba

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Instrument recording techniques

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General guidelines

Microphone placement

  • Use two high quality condenser microphones and position them as a spaced pair above the playing bars and make sure the distance between the two microphones follows the 3:1 rule[1]
  • Place a large diaphragm condenser microphone three feet over the center of the marimba[2]

Also see

Recording techniques:Vibraphone. Some of the Vibraphone techniques unless otherwise specified are applicable to marimba.


  1. Modern Recording Techniques sixth edition.David Miles Huber.Page 169 ISBN 978-0-240-80625-9
  2. The Recording Engineers Handbook.Page 180.ISBN 1-93292-900-2

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