Sampling with one Microphone


#1

Hi,

how do you sample if you only have one microphone?
Do you just keep it in the center or do you move it around?


#2

So far I’ve liked moving the microphone around, unless that microphone is gonna be mixed with other stereo stuff. Then I have my sampler have it key track the panning, so left notes come more from the left etc.


#3

Great question, this got me thinking. I have an upright and I open the cover to record. If I had one mic, I would move the mic closer to the strings you are sampling. In other words, move the mic. However, I think capturing the sound board could be better if you want to capture a uniform sound source. I would remove the sound board cover and record from that location to test the balance of each note. I would probably do both and take what sounds best. I think it would takes less time to sample everything at once than going back and repeating the process. Let us know what you did.


#4

I would sample it twice; once on the left and once on the right and then combine the two into a single set of stereo samples.


#5

This may result in a better sound, but I would careful with this in making sure to replicate your performance. Otherwise your instrument might sound a bit wonky and if you’re not hard panning you will likely get phase issues.