mic for uileann pipes

FAQ #878 Updated October 14, 2008

Question:

I am seeking information on how best to mic up an instrument native to Ireland - i.e. the Uuleann (pronounced illen) pipes. I have aquired an SM58 to mic the chanter section of the instrument but am not sure on how best to mic the drones - these have a larger area to be mic'ed up (approximately half a meter) and need something that is responsive in this area....? what do you recommend?

Answer:

A wonderful instrument, the uileann drones should be miked with a flat response condenser mic, like the Shure KSM44, KSM32, KSM27, SM81, or KSM137. Each model has a pick-up angle of 130 degrees. Envision this angle and make certain the drones are within this angle.

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