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Old 26th December 2010
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Cheap setup for tenor sax recording at home

Hi all,

I want to get a decent natural recorded sound of my tenor sax for home / practice purposes. It needs to be as close to my natural tone to work as intended.

Here's what I get with a Zoom H2 plugged in as USB interface : http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17427912/TMEB.mp3

I wanted to get an M-Audio Fast Track MKII with a MXL2003A.

The M-Audio could let me record some bass and guitar as well, and I thought maybe I could send that MXL to Mike Joly in the future.

My question is simple : is it really worse it, or will the difference in SQ not be significantly different to justify spending my money?

Thank you!!
Old 26th December 2010
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sounds fine to me
Old 27th December 2010
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Well, it doesn't sound bad but it doesn't at all like how I sound.

In real life, there's much more resonance to my sound compared to this recording which captures only part of the core of it.

Honestly, I'm not sure unless I invest in top equipment I'll get that sound that I want.

It probably has to do with technique as well as a lot of non-jazz modern albums make tenor saxes sound like kazoos. Much more so than alto or bari.

For example, when you listen to Kind Of Blue (yeah, I know...) you can really hear a lot going on in Coltrane's recorded sound. It's not unidimensional like on that recording I did.
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