Wireless microphone for saxophone

Marc Mommaas at Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid; photo credit Maurits MulderNow, part of being an experienced musician is that one plays strong and with a clear head no matter the circumstances; that is part of one’s road chops and it comes with the territory so to speak. But lately I dedicated some time to finding a microphone that works for me, with the purpose of taking at least one variable out of the live-sound equation.

There are a few practical criteria that limit the choice of microphones substantially. First there has to be the understanding that the stage is not a recording studio. There are other instruments, causing a certain amount of bleed. Therefore the sensitivity of a mic and its pickup pattern must to be taken into consideration. Also we have to anticipate sound engineers who have no business being behind the board. Therefore, forget about pre-amps and phantom power specifics. If you have a beautiful ribbon mic, the engineer can kill it with one wrong move on the board. (There are designs on the market that have built-in protections — I believe it is a dart with poison that shoots at the engineer.)

Then there is another detail: as a traveling musician, I can only bring one bag (my horn) as hand luggage and one carry-on (shoulder-bag with laptop, etc.). Therefore, ideally the microphone is small enough to fit in the case with the horn.

Now let’s get to the saxophone in relationship to the microphone. The sound of a saxophone comes out of all the tone holes in the horn, not only the bell. This means that the mic needs to cover, on average, 20 inches from the top to the bottom of the horn, with the sweet-spot being the center 15 inches.

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Popular Q&A

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Which microphone is best for a saxophone?

It depends... On stage a Shure 57 will do nicely. Some prefer clip-on mics, but I find it limits your dynamics with regard to not being able to telescope while playing. If you want range of motion with a clip on you might want to check out the CXM5. If you are asking about a recording mic, that could be argued for century's by the many sound engineers whom all have different "cocktails" of recording gear. It is a matter of taste. Personally, I have never found any mic that can match the sound quality of the natural sound of my sax. If you can play with out one, that's what I would recommend.

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