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Recording Leslie Cabinet without windscreen?? Dynamic Microphones
Old 3rd August 2017
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Recording Leslie Cabinet without windscreen??

Hi Folks,
last time I recorded the Leslie Cabinet during a Jazz Trio session with two AKG 460/CK61 without windscreens. I got terrible wind noises and I had a long session with Izotope RX in Post production to remove this rumble.

Tomorrow there is another chance to record a Leslie and I don't like to have it a second time.

In this article I saw they used 2 Sennheiser MD441 for recording the rotating horn without any windscreens.
Q: How do you record a Leslie speaker? |

I would use my Sennheiser MD421 instead. Do I need any windscreens for dynamic mics or is this only problematic with cardioid mics??
I never saw any MD 421 or 441 with wind foams.
Old 3rd August 2017
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I always use windscreens if close-micing a Leslie, unless you do the extreme stereo thing and come in from the corners where the mic would be out of the blast zone (protected by the solid wood panel).

Like you say, you only get one chance.

FYI, the 421 is a cardiod mic. Perhaps you mean condenser?
Old 6th August 2017
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I've been working quite a lot with Ross Stanley of late and he uses a very nice Hammond set-up that has had a considerable amount of work done such as silent relay upgrades, etc. With Ross I'm mainly using a Couple of sm57's on the top possibly a condensor on the bottom. When I use condensor on top I often am miking at enough distance to avoid the "wind" noise. I also hate to say it, the 57's can sound brilliant on the top, the condensors can often be wasted.
Old 6th August 2017
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I would further mention that miking slightly above the louvres and pointing at them should negate any noise problem, a quick test will confirm this for you. I also recommend recording at one side and the front (you need to look inside the cab as the rotor is offset and I recommend using the two sides that are the closest to the rotor) other wise recording from opposing sides you get sound, no sound, not the movement across the picture. The 441 is a good choice, as is the sm7 (if you've got them), but I think a 57's are a better fit than 421's which have a more coloured response. Good luck!
Old 15th August 2017
Just shove a popper-stopper in front of it. 460's will do 2 hz, be aware of that.
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