In the last FCNY review, I thought I could continue getting away with using the shotgun microphone on my camera, but, as it turns out, even playing the flute can max out that microphone at the lowest volume setting! Without even trying it, I knew that against piccolos, my poor shotgun microphone stood NO chance.
I was lucky that I was forced to figure out how to properly mic a flute when I did my "Dragon Roost" collaboration with David Erick Ramos a few weeks ago. As it turns out, a flute actually needs two microphones: the condenser microphone you see in the video (an oldie I bought almost 7 years ago), and another microphone further away from me in the same room. This second microphone is used to pick up the surrounding sounds from the room. I don't own a second condenser microphone (yet), so I used my Zoom H1 recorder and placed it about 6 feet away from me.
The closer microphone alone strips away almost all the resonance in your tone but is very clear, while the farther microphone picks up all the resonance in the room but makes the flute sound a little muffled. Hypothetically, you could add synthetic resonance as an effect to the closer microphone audio alone, but the result is, well, pretty synthetic and sounds really fake. When you mix both live audios together (and lower the volume of the one closer to the flute, while raising the volume of the one further away from the flute a bit), the resulting audio is a very accurate representation of how the flute actually sounds in real life.
This trick worked amazingly for the Dragon Roost video, so I busted out the same set-up for this video. The talking portion of this video uses audio from the condenser microphone you see in the video, but the piccolo playing parts are a mix of the condenser microphone and Zoom recorder. Fortunately, I think I only managed to max out the condenser microphone once while busting out a B7, but other than that, even a C8 didn't max it out!
Sure, this set-up involves extra editing, but you can hear for yourself that the result is completely worth every extra second of work. I'm only hoping to improve my set-up from here on out!
Maybe I'll work on getting better lights too...
Anyway! Hope you guys enjoyed this one. Love you all! <3
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