How To Record Double Bass With the N22

Audio Samples and Techniques Using the AEA N22

The N22 is ideally equipped to capture the sound of your upright bass. With its near-field design, balanced low-end, and extended top-end, the N22 excels at capturing the true essence of your instrument while limiting room reflections. A bump in response at 3kHz delivers enough bite to make the N22 the only mic necessary to record your bass amp, eliminating the need to blend additional mics for top-end balance.

The N22 delivers balanced sound 2 to 16 inches from the source with the help of internal mechanics which roll off the low-end of a signal before it hits the ribbon. This feature allows for better performance in close-up recording applications than one would achieve with more traditional ribbon mics due to the large amount proximity effect.

Ribbon Mics
Close Miking

When recording upright bass, try positioning the N22 between 4 – 16 inches in front of the instrument. Within that range, the N22 can be moved closer or farther from the bass to temper the amount of low-end proximity effect. Typically upright basses are best recorded at a height where the neck meets the body; this yields a well-blended sound from the sound hole and the bowed/plucked strings.

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