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?

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  • thanks VC! it's a good idea to have a rear mic, and mix the 3 signals (up, rear, contact) to get a good sound. I read somewhere that small diaphragm condensers are good for the type of transients of the mbira. maybe a stereo technique could be good idea aswell, MS or ORTF!? – juanca Jan 27 '11 at 21:40
  • If you can get a matched pair, I would do an XY setup with a fairly tight angle between them. – VCProd Jan 28 '11 at 15:58

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