How To Mic A French Horn

The french horn is generally played with the horn facing backwards so the sound reaches the listeners by reflecting off of the rear wall. This presents a couple of good options for mic placement. One is to seat the performer 6–10′ from the wall and place an omni or bi-directional microphone halfway in between, catching the direct as well as the reflected sound. The other option is to place a cardioid, omni, or bi-directional mic in front of the performer to pick up only reflected sound (Fig. 142). In either position, wide-diaphragm condensers or ribbon mics are good choices.

Mic Placement Options for a French Horn

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