Performance miking of a stringed harp

Date Updated: October 16, 2019 FAQ #271


I'm looking for a recommendation for a microphone to pick up a harp, the stringed instrument, not a harmonica, for live performance in small venues, such as school auditoriums, at cocktail parties, weddings, and possibly outdoor concerts for small audiences. Please advise.


We recommend the KSM137, SM137, or PGA81 to mic a string instrument such as the harp.
For a complete listing of microphones that we recommend for stringed instruments, see our online Selection Guides/Buyers Guides.
We outline how to mic many different instruments in our online publication "Microphone Techniques for Music - Sound Reinforcement".
Harp mic placement is on page 23.