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Upright bass (double bass, acoustic bass)

What are some effective ways to mike an upright bass (standup bass, double bass, bass viol, doghouse bass, acoustic bass)?

Suggestions for recording an overdub:

* GLM-100, CM-700 or CM-200A about 4 inches under the bridge, 3 inches away, aiming at the bridge. This gives a full, close-up sound.
* CM-700 about 1 foot from the bridge. Raise the mic for more plucking sound, lower it for more deep bass sound.
* GLM-100 wedged into an opening in the bridge (if it will fit). See drawing below. This technique gives a tight, focused sound. Suggested EQ: Narrow-Q boost at 40 Hz.

Suggestions for PA, or for recording to reduce leakage from other instruments::

* CM-200A or CM-700 3 inches from the narrow part of the G-string f-hole (right at the top edge of the sound hole).

* GLM-100 wedged into an opening in the bridge (if it will fit). See drawing below. This technique gives a tight, focused sound. It provides good isolation and gain-before-feedback. Suggested EQ: Narrow-Q boost at 40 Hz.