The No.1 Website for Pro Audio
 Search This Thread  Search This Forum  Search Reviews  Search Gear Database  Search Gear for sale  Search Gearslutz Go Advanced
Mics for accordion
Old 31st May 2011
  #1
Mics for accordion

Hi guys

I need your advice for accordion mics. He's a friend of mine and his mic got broken. As I don't have any clue with this instrument, I hope you may help me.

After a search, I've read that some people use 2 mics for recording. But my friend needs it for the stage and he doesn't have the possibility for 2 mics.

He hasn't yet defined the budget is. But I'd say, it shouldn't go over 1000$. The cheaper the better


Thanks a lot in advance
Murat
Old 31st May 2011
  #2
Gear Head
 

Hi
Your friend has to use two mics, I'm afraid. One for the right side, and one for the left side (bass and chords).
What works best is (based upon what I could try):
- a sennheiser e604 for the left hand. Just dig a hole in the belt, and screw the mic holder in it, just in front of the small holes where the sound is coming from. Cut around 400Hz and 2.5Khz and you'll get very big basses!
- an audio-technica atm35 for the right hand, much better than a SM98, cause less prone to larsens and to key noises.

That is what my accordionist uses and believe me he has a huge sound on stage. He uses wireless transmitters too, placed on his back. It's not that heavy compared to the weight of the instrument itself!
Old 31st May 2011
  #3
Lives for gear
 
ScumBum's Avatar
 

I'm gotten great results with two 57's , one on the left side one on the right .
Old 31st May 2011
  #4
Aha... didn't know that. Thanks for your hints.

Other experiences / mics?
Old 31st May 2011
  #5
Lives for gear
 

I love a Coles on Accordion, or some kind of nice ribbon. How about a fathead?
Old 31st May 2011
  #6
Gear Head
 

a lot of stuff can work, but I understood you needed it for live shows, too. So the e604 and the atm35 are both clip-on microphones, very handy if the accordionist is moving while playing.
And even in studio I like using the e604 for the left side, because it allows me to keep a constant distance between the mic and the source. But there I often put a U87 for the right side. Any mic can work IMHO, depending of what kind of sound you're looking for.
Old 31st May 2011
  #7
Gear Head
 
imusic's Avatar
mic on accordion

it is a fairly easy instrument to mic, ...

"mid class" condenser will work

I record accordions with b&k and Brauner/Neuman (if stereo), ...

best, imusic
Old 31st May 2011
  #8
Gear Maniac
 
valthesoundman's Avatar
 

Look no further:
C 516 ML

I've been using these for a long time now. Unbeaten for sound and practicality.

And you're looking at a lot less than $500

2 x 516 and a B29 pack.
Old 1st June 2011
  #9
my accordion and studio friend says if he could afford anything, he'd get a pair of lawsons. That said, most of the folks he knows who play accordion (and he knows a lot of them, does a polka radio show, travels across the U.S. performing polka, ....) use whatever---from a pair of SM57 s of stands, to a pair of little AKG condensers on goosenecks attached to the accordion.

He says it will depend upon what sort of sound you are trying to get out of the instrument. If you are doing Cajun, you might want mics or internal pickups that roll off some of the low freqs. If you are doing full range polkas, you probably want a pair of mics that will reproduce a realistic sound of the instrument.

I do not know if that is helpful to you or not, but that is coming from a serious accordion player. You do not need to spend $1000. If you can use mic stands, I would get a pair of dynamic mics and call it a day. Audix i5 comes to mind.
Old 1st June 2011
  #10
Lives for gear
 

There's a huge difference between live and studio... Based on lots of experience playing with an accordion player in an indie rock band and recording both that and more trad players, I recommend a single CAD Equitek e100 for live. You can make a simple velcro harness, so the mic lays flat, with a touch of cushioning, against the grill on the keyboard side. It WILL pick up the button chord stuff.

In the studio, a single nice old 87, a royer 121 and a 414, and lots of other possibilities work well depending on the instrument, player, and material...

Another live idea is two Audio Technica lapel mics on little goosenecks attached to the instrument...
Old 1st June 2011
  #11
Thanks a lot. Your help is really appreciated. I'll pack all your hints and suggestions in a nice summary for my friend, so he can choose the right one for him.
Post Reply

Welcome to the Gearslutz Pro Audio Community!

Registration benefits include:
  • The ability to reply to and create new discussions
  • Access to members-only giveaways & competitions
  • Interact with VIP industry experts in our guest Q&As
  • Access to members-only sub forum discussions
  • Access to members-only Chat Room
  • Get INSTANT ACCESS to the world's best private pro audio Classifieds for only USD $20/year
  • Promote your eBay auctions and Reverb.com listings for free
  • Remove this message!
You need an account to post a reply. Create a username and password below and an account will be created and your post entered.


 
 
Slide to join now Processing…
Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter / Forum
Replies
tamasdragon / Remote Possibilities in Acoustic Music and Location Recording
65
Solar / Remote Possibilities in Acoustic Music and Location Recording
79
Spikeh / So Much Gear, So Little Time
7
Tommy Fobia / Low End Theory
12

Forum Jump
Forum Jump