I have sometimes - depending on mics and the room/environment chosen to place the mic around mid-way of the shakuhachi. So neither at the root end nor at the top. Many sound engineers want to place the mic at the root end because they are used to that from sax, clarinet etc. But I find that hopeless for a shakuhachi. Too much valuable sound coming out at the top. I always place the mic slightly to one side so the air doesn't hit the mic - and remember air is coming out of all the holes...
Last edited by Kiku Day on 2012-05-11, 10:59; edited 1 time in total
Posted: 2012-05-11, 14:06 Post subject: Got my first real performance gig! Any words of wisdom?
Condensor mics are the best in terms of actual sound but they pick up too much ambient noise in certain settings. If you're using a dynamic mic, which will usually be the case at this kind of gig, you should put the mic near the mouthpiece. It picks up the most sound and you can control the dynamics by proximity.
Posted: 2012-05-12, 18:28 Post subject: Got my first real performance gig! Any words of wisdom?
Brian and Kiku and others thanks for the advice! I try to keep challenging my self to push my limits and try grow. This kind of dialog is wonderful!!!
Now that I've gotten past this performance there's 2 new pieces of music I've wanted to start throwing my self at. On my 2.4 it's eko and on my 1.8 IchoJo. Eko seems like is simple enough but still plenty of growth over time.
As for IchiJo, it will push my speed and dexterity a LOT! I've got Yoshinobu Taniguchi's big book of hand written sheet music and started work on both pieces, REALLY fun! _________________ Chuck Peck Arizona, USA Www.phoenixshakuhachi.com