Because of the N8’s open, natural character and expansive tonal range, it is the ideal mic to capture upright bass. Its far-field functionality and figure-of-8 polar pattern allow for the blending of the direct sound of your instrument with expansive, dimensional room sound.
When recording upright bass, try positioning the N8 between 1 and 4 feet in front of the instrument. Within that range, the N8 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.
Like most acoustic instruments, much of an upright bass’ sound comes from the room it inhabits, so accurately capturing the room is vital in achieving a comprehensive tonality. With this in mind, experiment with the vast spatial range of the N8 and its great capacity for far-field applications. The N8 delivers an astonishingly balanced treble/bass ratio from as far as 20 feet away.
Two N8s can be set up in Blumlein Configuration or ORTF when miking upright bass and placed at a distance to capture the room tone. This setup will act as another stereo perspective to the close mic and will provide added depth and dimension to your tracks. In many instances, this pair of N8s is all you will need to capture the sound and image of your upright while retaining the natural room reverb. These configurations are easy to setup when using the NUVO Stereo Kit and NUVO Blumlein Coupler.