What’s the best microphone for recording saxophone at home?
Now is a GREAT time to be making recordings, and actually recording yourself is something we encourage a lot in Sax School.
Because it’s one of the best ways to track your progress and improve your playing fast!
I recently purchased a new microphone and wanted to compare it to my current mic to see which is the best sounding mic for sax players.
The Rode NT1A Microphone
The AKG C414 XLS Microphone
I’ve recently changed to the AKG C414 XLS microphone. It’s been around for years and it’s the industry standard. It’s used in studios all around the world. At around £600 it’s a bigger investment than the Rode.
Testing the Saxophone Microphones
I want to hear what each of the microphones sound like when I play the saxophone softly, loudly, and both high and low. I’m using a backing track from Elite Backing Tracks.
Listen to the recordings in the video. Which saxophone microphone do you prefer
I think the Rode sounds fantastic, and it’s a great value microphone for your saxophone. The sound is quite bright which is good for commercial saxophone, but might not be what you want for jazz, for example.
The sound from the AKG, is clearer with more body. It really makes me think about the way I play my sax.
If you’er looking for an inexpensive studio mic for saxophone, the Rode is a great choice. When you’re looking to upgrade, I’d recommend the AKG.
Recording yourself playing saxophone is a great way to make progress with your playing. Find out more about how Sax School can help you reach your saxophone goals here: