How To Record Woodwinds with the KU5A

The KU5A is ideally equipped to capture the sound woodwind instruments whether live, in the studio, or in the middle of a full orchestra. 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 wind instruments, eliminating the need to blend additional mics for top-end balance.

The KU5A is the most protected ribbon mic in the entire AEA line. There are multiple layers of fabric and foam between the outside grille and the ribbon. If you are still experiencing any wind noise, try using the AEA KU5A Windscreen. It attaches to the front of the mic and provides an extra layer of protection from wind and any plosives.

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Woodwind instruments produce a comprehensive sound from the tone holes, keys, and the bell which can make them a difficult instrument to record. The balanced response and supercardioid polar pattern of the KU5A from as far as 24 inches away make it highly capable at effectively capturing all tonal aspects of a woodwind instrument while keeping out unwanted room tone and bleed. Placing your KU5A over the bell but pointing towards the tone holes will capture the most natural sound of your wind instrument.

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