Cello

Recording Cello

There are not many acoustic instruments that sound more beautiful than the Cello, especially when played very well. Said to be closest to the range of the male human voice no wonder we are attracted to the tone of this gorgeous instrument. Unlike the smaller members of the classical string family the violin and viola, the cello emits a balanced harmonic series and tone just above the bridge. The smaller instruments tend to do so on the "down bow side" of the soundboard. Consequently my choice for recording is a single, large condenser - my Peluso P12 is perfect. This mic is based on the AKG C12 and was modified four times up against a forty-year old C12A by "Sir Ross Giles" (I've entered him into Knighthood for his incredible work in audio). So far I've not found a newer AKG C12VR that sounds anywhere near as rich and warm. Modern condensers tend to push the top end and this takes away the focus from the mids - the frequency band where all the "music" is. In fact Kristin Rule the cellist I was recording said she hated too much top end in the cello and she is correct; the tone and warmth is all in the mids. If you're recording the cello see the photo for my mic placement. My tip is not to get too close. The P12 was set to a polar pattern half-way between cardioid and omni. Check out Kristin's work on her site here, the Unconventional Cellist. Thanx Kristin - beautiful playing.

Kristin Rule

Kristin Rule