Now, 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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Audio-Technica PRO-35 Pro Series Microphone Pro 35
Musical Instruments (Audio Technica)
- UniMount clip permits accurate positioning, provides shock resistance and protects element
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
- Extended frequency response captures subtle nuances of the performance
- 6 (1.8 m) cable permanently attached to microphone
YPA M613 Instrument Clip On Condenser Mic SAXOPHONE TA3F For AKG Wireless
Musical Instruments (YPA Microphones)
- Recommended Uses:Saxophone,Trombone,Soprano Saxophone,Trumpet,Drums(Toms)
- Tailored frequency response for open, natural sound reproduction
- Compact, lightweight construction provides a low degree of visibility
- Gooseneck, ratcheting swivel joint, and gooseneck angle brace allow for optimum placement and fixed positioning
- Mysterious Ypa ruggedness and reliability,The Compatible Transmitters:AKG DPT700, PT60-80-81-400-450-4-4500,Samson UT1L, VT2L
JTS JTS-GTWND Wireless Microphones and Wireless Microphone Systems
Musical Instruments (JTS)
- 40 - 18, Hz frequency response
- 16 user selectable UHF Phase Locked Loop channels
- Diversity antennas to prevent dropout
- Noise mute and pilot tone squelch
- Tuned antennas for maximum range