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Arrow YouTube: Alison Balsom - Italian Concertos (trumpet), on EMI

Lots of microphones in this video -- she even mentions them. Particularly interesting to me are the Coles 4038 and AKG 414 which they have on her left and right. And the giant nosebleed stands far out on either side in the hall which we don't ever see the top of. I'm also curious about whether the interview camera operator accidentally washed out his video or whether some editor was feeling artsy...

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Very cool, Norse. I'm reminded of the Maurice Andre stuff I used to listen to with my old pal Lanny Nye in Texas in the good old vinyl days. I've always enjoyed listening to baroque trumpet. Chops, for sure, she has. Oboe transcriptions. Whoa. And I especially liked "overhearing" the bleed from the Sennheisers during evaluation... Nice touch, and a nice job of audio-for-video capture.

As good as everything else looks and sounds, the video washout in the interview segments is definitely done for effect... whether on purpose or to fix footage that could not be reshot. I'm guessing the former... the camera is obviously on a tripod, and I can't believe that the camera op would miss the blown highlights while capturing pristine audio... usually the sound sucks, but with great pictures. However, the second segment is even more blown than the first... like on a cloudy/bright day as the clouds thin out... so it could well have been a mistake with the manual settings. If it was done a-purpose in post from original footage of similar quality, it seems like they could have managed a more similar luminance gamut. And... while the session video looks great, all the interview segments are in need of better exposure and some color correction. Hmmm...

Unless it's "a look."

Great find. Thanks for sharing.

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PS: Back on topic... I wonder which mic/mics made the cut from the eight...?
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Not only which were the mics that made the cut but how long did it take to decide? My guess: a mix. I bet that not the same mic was used for all pieces and maybe even switched and/or blended within a single piece.

Regardless, the artist is very good, seemingly gracious and very attractive physically. That is a rare combo.

And baroque trumpet is always sooo interesting. No more castrati to compare to the trumpets, though.
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Hard for me to pay attention to microphones when a women that beautiful is that good at the trumpet...
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In reference to the mic's she said "It's worse than being naked."

Hmm. Would that be so bad?
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Looks like a pair of 170s as well, but its hard to see from that distance.
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I've been waiting for this disc for a long time.....cool to see this clip. I listen to a lot of Alison for a sound reference for my own playing.


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Another video from a different session. You can see some of the same microphones:

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EMI seems to be digging on the blonde trumpet players:

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What is the piece at 2.47 (I mean the music)?

Nice spaced pair up front.
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I recorded Tine Thing Helseth this year at Cirencester Abbey,she was very good.
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The Abbey has just spent £3 million relaying its floor,luckily the acoustics have not be aversely affected.
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I want this talkback mic, I see it in many many recording video session.

You know this talkback mic ?

Alison Balsom - Haydn & Hummel Trumpet Concertos - YouTube (at 5:07)
Can't be sure of the specific type but it looks rather like one of the Canford Audio gooseneck mics. They come in a variety of lengths and base fittings and are available as condenser or dynamic options. They also do different stiffnesses of gooseneck to support different weights of mic.

I have a few of the dynamic version and a couple of the condensers and they work very nicely. Another alternative would be to buy something like an XLR gooseneck (again available with different base fittings) and plug in a suitable mic. I have a few AKG D58E mics that I use like this and one gooseneck fitted with a Beyer M101 plugged in that came with a Studer mixer I bought.

Of course similar gooseneck/stub mics are available from different manufacturers so who knows who made the one in the picture.
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Thank you 0VU, but in the video the mic-base have many knobs and regolation, Canford have only gooseneck.
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Thank you 0VU, but in the video the mic-base have many knobs and regolation, Canford have only gooseneck.
Ah, no problem.

So do you mean you want talkback system of some kind rather than just a talkback mic? What do you use now?
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I want a mic for comunicate with musician on stage, from control room, for location recording. Exist a mic with built in preamp include ? I don't want sacrificate a chennel for preamp a talk table mic.
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Ah, no problem.

So do you mean you want talkback system of some kind rather than just a talkback mic? What do you use now?
Sorry for OT.



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Allison Balsom is a very accomplished and friendly woman. I have done some things with her 4 or 5 times.

She's relaxed and unpretentious which is something that puts every one at ease. Very easy to work with and she can do anything she wants to do on the instrument.

Ribbon sound is the key of course and the 4038 reigns. A mix of close and far is always the key.
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