This article documents techniques for recording specific instruments.Recording techniques are very subjective.Please add your techniques with references when possible.
Guidelines and considerations
- The sound of the saxophone emanates from every hole in the instrument in completley different proportions for each note.
- Don't mic the bell directly if you want a full sounding instrument with the higher frequency elements. Miking the bell directly will sound "stuffy".
Each technique begins with a bullet point
- Place a large diaphragm condenser microphone 12-16 inches away from the instrument gives an authentic sound.
- Place a ribbon microphone roughly half way up the keys and pointed down at the bell.
- Place a ribbon microphone neck or face high and pointed down at the instrument
- Place a microphone slightly above the head of the player, three feet in front (away) and about 30 degrees to the left of him or her. 
- Place a microphone between 18 and 24 inches in front of the palyer and point it at the left hand of him or her.
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