In general, they’re very sensitive. They pick up everything you’re playing,
saying and anything else that goes on in the room such as mute noise, shuffling feet
rustling music. It’s for this reason that you’re asked to be quiet at all times during
the recording, regardless of whether you’re playing or not – a stray noise can ruin an
otherwise fabulous take.
No – don’t do anything other than play naturally (unless you’re asked to do
The balance and sound of the final recording is determined by the number and type
of microphones used. Each Company will have a preferred way of working, which
may vary with the Band, the venue and the material that’s being recorded.
We’re quite happy for you to.....just please don’t touch anything!
KMJ Recordings doesn’t use tape – we record digitally. Other Companies may still
use tape, but it’s becoming increasingly rare.
It depends what they are. In principle it is, but in practice it’s quite difficult.
Different microphones have different sonic characteristics. They’re chosen on the
basis of how you want them to sound when you’re recording a particular instrument
or group. They may be either large or small, might contain valves or be solid state
and you might point the end or the side at the instrument and they might pick up
sound from all around, just the front or just the sides. Even two microphones that look
identical might be vastly different.