A couple of weeks ago, I had the absolute pleasure of recording a couple of saxophone players.

Drew, Ali and I have all been in a couple of bands together over the years, (although Drew was a drummer at the time) so I thought it fitting that they play on my new single, Tribe ( due for release soon).

All Things New

Saxophone is not something I have ever recorded myself, so it was a bit of learning curve ( even if it was a small one ).
After a small amount of research, I found that it wasn't like recording a trumpet e.g. sticking a mic in front of the bell and away you go.  It turns out that sound comes from all the holes in the neck and even the mouthpiece, so the mic technique needed to encompass the whole instrument.
( about a foot away with the mic angled towards the neck).
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What a Place!

As you all know by now, I usually record at home because it is just me on my own, however...

Saxophones are LOUD!  

I decided to rent a rehearsal room at Orchard Room studios not too far from where I live.  I have been going there on and off for some years now and I know the rooms sound great so it was an easy decision.  
I did learn however, that saxophones are traditionally recorded in a larger room to capture that jazzy sound.

So What did I Do?

As luck would have it, I bought a stereo matched pair of Behringer cardioid condenser mics to record acoustic guitar for my friend ( sadly nothing came of it ).  So to create a large room sound, I used these like one would use overheads when recorded drums and panned them hard left and hard right.  This coupled with panned close mics and summed into a mixer gave me just what I was looking for.  It certainly made things easy when it came to mixing.
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Speaking of Mixing.......

It was really rather easy to fit the saxophones into the song in place of the VST brass.  That being said, I did use some EQ and compression and only a small amount of reverb to really finish off that room sound.

So What Now??

Now all that is left to do to complete the song is write and record vocals and get in another good friend of mine to record a guitar solo ( more on that soon ).

I hope you enjoyed reading about this fun little experience as much as I did recording.  If you would like to about more of my escapades, you can find them in the projects section of the website.


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