How To Record Double Bass and Cello with the KU5A

The KU5A’s extensive top-end clarity and balanced low-end are ideal strengths for capturing the sound of a double bass and cello. With its supercardioid polar pattern, near-field design, balanced low-end, and extended top-end, the KU5A excels at capturing the true essence of your instrument while limiting room reflections. A bump in response at 5kHz and 10kHz delivers enough bite and focus to make the KU5A the only mic necessary to record your double bass, eliminating the need to blend additional mics for top-end balance.


To record an upright bass, it is recommended to place the KU5A between 4 and 24 inches from the source. For the desired tonality and bass response, move the mic farther away or closer to the instrument until balance is achieved.

Listen to the KU5A on Double Bass

The KU5A’s supercardioid polar pattern serves to reject unwanted room reflections and bleed from other instruments, allowing engineers greater freedom to position the KU4 within complex sonic environments.

The near-field design of the KU5A allows it to be positioned quite near the source, similar to a conventional dynamic microphone. Internal mechanics roll-off the low end of a signal before it reaches the ribbon, yielding balanced response between 2 and 18 inches from the source. The ribbon within the KU5A is well protected by precision fabric and is virtually impervious to loud volumes.

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