HI! Any ideas on miking techniques for recording an MBIRA in a studio!? akg c414, any other ideas, placement, etc.?! thanks!!
I'm not sure which type of mbira you will have - there appear to be a lot of styles and lengths. If it's very long, I would put a stereo mic directly above (maybe at about 10 - 14 inches), plus a mic to the rear to avoid any hand sounds. You also want to get a contact mic or (if you don't have one) a small capsule condenser on the resonant surface - you'll get some cool lows off of that which will help you fill out the sound. What mics do you have available to you?