How To Record Double Bass With the KU4

Audio Samples and Techniques Using the AEA KU4

The KU4’s extensive top-end clarity and balanced low-end are ideal strengths for capturing the sound of a double bass. The KU4 is the brightest AEA mic in the line and performs well across any genre and in virtually any recording environment.

Close Miking

To record an upright bass, it is recommended to place the KU4 between 6 and 18 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.

Live Double Bass With the KU4

The KU4’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 KU4 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 KU4 is well protected by precision fabric and is virtually impervious to loud volumes.

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