Reply To: Studies in Melodica Articulations



I forgot to mention that microphone proximity effect is huge in changing the tonal characteristics of the melodica without using EQ.

As you may know, as you crowd a mic (get really close to it), the bass response increases dramatically. Not only do I crowd the mic a lot to add low end, but sometimes I squish the mic (with a big fluffy windscreen on it) between the back of my melodica and my body. This offers the same effect as a harp player cupping his harmonica and mic to create an air tight seal. Huge bass response results. It makes the instrument sound twice as large as it is. And if I (or a harp player) blows hard, there is a compression/overdrive effect on the sound/mic and a nice distortion results.


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