I've never tried an SM7 on woodwinds (saxes, flutes), but I can imagine it would work pretty well. I don't own an SM7, so can't try it here.
Just for reference, my current faves are a KSM-44 out in front for a tenor/soprano. SM-81 for flute. Placed overhead and aimed down at flute headjoint it works really well. And usually an old AKG D-224-E near the floor pointing up at a 45-degree angle to get some extra goodness from soprano sax. Side note: one of the coolest, most overlooked dynamic mics ever, says me.
Has anyone tried an SM7 in this application? If so, your findings?
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Post by johneppstein on Mar 13, 2020 16:08:04 GMT -6
It's good to bear in mind that the greater part of a sax's output comes out the holes of the keys, not the bell which seems to be the more obvious place. And the higher the pitch of the note, the more this is true. Something like an SM7 which has a tight pattern optimized for short range pickup might not do so well in such a situation.
I believe it was the first edition of Sound System Engineering by Don and Carolyn Davis that had as one of its appendices a chart showing the projection pattern of various instruments. Dunno about the later editions.
It's a non starter on a full grown out beard as the pickup pattern is too tight, but I have used it on a modest handelbar mustache with good results. Even then, getting in close combined with the natural proximity effect that the mic exhibits plus the manley strong lower register on upper lip growth, the result is a bit boomy, so just back the mic off a hair.
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No this is about woodwinds not woodsy windbags that unfortunately the SM7 excels on, well unless of course your selling SM7b’s. Wait this means it’s all my fault!
I apologize, I truly am sorry, I am sorry my greed lead to this dire outbreak. I deserve 20 lashes with the crappiest mic cable. Of course the crappiest mic cable is a wireless so it really won’t hurt.