Recording Trombone on a microphone

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Recording Trombone on a microphone

Post by MikeMel » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:13 pm

I want to start recording myself playing and doing multitracks etc., just as a hobby type thing to do to improve my skills and try something new. I'm struggling to find a microphone that is good to record a trombone. What microphone have some of you used?

P.S. Im currently looking at the Shure SM-57 but im interested to hear your guys' opinions. Thanks!
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Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

Post by BGuttman » Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:16 pm

The microphone is only one piece of the overall recording system.

The Shure 57 is a good microphone at a beginner level. Some of us will recommend other (and very much more expensive) microphones.
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Post by AndrewMeronek » Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:33 pm

Shure SM-57s will get you pretty far. Are you looking at using an audio-to-USB interface and record directly to your PC or laptop?
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Post by harrisonreed » Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:38 pm

You can get your feet wet with the focusrite scarlett 2i2 interface and .... some other microphone than the one that comes with it. Large diaphragm omnis are pretty good if the room is good, otherwise cardioids.

You can use audacity, which is free, or cakewalk which is more suited to multitracking and also free.
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Post by JLivi » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:50 am

If you’re just getting started buy the 57.

Such a solid microphone and will last forever! Just a great mic to have in the arsenal.
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Post by Floridatrombonekenneth » Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:32 am

I have the mxl R144 for home studio/ tracking. In a better room I will use a large condenser.
I also use the Scarlett 2i2, which as previously mentioned works great.
FWIW I use Reaper as my DAW but I hear studio1 is also great
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Post by Posaunus » Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:12 am

Keep the Shure SM-57. Perfectly good mic. Robust. Will last a lifetime.
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Post by Pre59 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 12:45 pm

I have a Rode M2, which is a stage condenser mic, with an unusually flat response. It can take a lot of volume but records well. It does need phantom power, which audio interfaces and most mixers have. It has a broader pickup pattern than a SM57 but because it's more uniform it doesn't feedback badly. I'm assuming that the OP may want to use a mic for live as well.

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Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

Post by SteelDeRosa » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:28 am

What about a microphone to record on an iPhone? Is there such a thing?
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Post by baileyman » Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:47 am

Carl Fontana carried an EV 635A for the purpose, aka, the "Hammond Hammer".
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Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

Post by TriJim » Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:43 pm

SteelDeRosa wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:28 am
What about a microphone to record on an iPhone? Is there such a thing?
Shure MV88 microphone plugs directly into the lightning plug on your iPhone. Comes with custom recording software for audio and video that produces files that can be used in any DAW or video editing program.

I own the MV88 and frequently record video with my iPhone, but prefer to record audio with a PreSonus AudioBox directly to my Windows PC (with Studio One DAW and PreSonus M7 Condensor mic).

Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

Post by SteelDeRosa » Sat Oct 31, 2020 1:00 pm

Ah! Fantastic! Thanks for the helpful response!
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Re: Recording Trombone on a microphone

Post by JLivi » Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:21 pm

SteelDeRosa wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:28 am
What about a microphone to record on an iPhone? Is there such a thing?
I’ve heard good things about the Apogee HypeMic
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Post by BrianJohnston » Sun Nov 01, 2020 2:03 pm

I'm a YouTuber (now) and I recommend trying to spend as little money as possible on equipment, and try to make your set-up & settings as good as possible. With that being said, I do have some advice that could cost you thousands... But start small.
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