*To jump from sample to sample use these times:
1. R. Towner: Green and Golden – 1:32 / 1:55 / 2:18 / 2:39 / 3:01 / 3:24
2. F. Sor: Variations on a theme by Mozart, Op. 9 – 3:47 / 4:19 / 4:55 / 5:26 / 6:00 / 6:33
3. J. Polak: Gagliarda – 7:07 / 7:19 / 7:30 / 7:41 / 7:53 / 8:04
4. F. Tarrega: Capricho Arabe – 8:16 / 8:59 / 9:43 / 10:27 / 11:10 / 11:53
5. E. Sainz de la Maza: La Muerte (suite Platero Y Yo) – 12:39 / 13:39 / 14:40 / 15:41 / 16:42 / 17:42
Today I’d like to share with you the latest microphone test comparing some of the most interesting microphones for recording classical guitar, including my latest purchase of the amazing Schoeps CMC6 microphones with wide cardioid MK21 capsules.
In all cases, the distance between the guitar and the microphones was 110 cm, the distance between the microphone capsules was 60 cm and the capsules were about 92 cm high from the ground.
The guitar I used for this test is a 2001 Michele Della Giustina with D’Addario Pro Arte treble strings and Savarez Cantiga bass strings I’ve been testing out recently.
Hope you enjoy the samples, it’s not a scientific test but I wanted to make it as fair as possible, so I used the same chain (Klotz XLR cables and ULN-2 audio interface) for all the microphones.
AB stereo technique, height 92cm, distance between microphones 60cm, distance between the guitar and microphones 110cm
– Line Audio CM3 (cardioid)
– sE Electronics X1 and Rode NT1A Joly mod (both cardioid)
– stock Oktava Mk-012 with cardioid capsules
– Oktava Mk-012 Joly mod with cardioid capsules
– Oktava Mk-012 Joly mod with custom MJE-K47H capsules
– Schoeps CMC6 with MK21 wide cardioid capsules
Guitar: Michele Della Giustina 2001
Preamps/converters: Metric Halo ULN-2
Uncut audio files from the session
You can download high quality mp3 (320kbps) from the session here.