I've seen various methods of miking a bodhrán. It's usually necessary if the other instruments are amplified (and sometimes even when they're not). One drummer I know has a microphone mount attached to the crossbars of her drum; I don't know how well that works. Most often, I've seen a single mike on the open side of the drum, placed as close as it can be without interfering with the drummer. That's easy, but tends to miss a lot of the subtlety of the instrument.
Jeremy Goode suggested a better method. He writes:
I've seen the rim-mount..., and I think that's the bext best thing, but I personally think it's lacking. [It] tends to create a muddy sound. Having a treble mike on the skin side gives a very clear attack.
Kevin Rice suggested:
John Anthony, who has engineered some recordings for Seamus Egan, suggests
Gerard Robinson wrote me from the UK:
I use a 'tie-clip' mike, a ROSS RE 369, and mount it on a small bracket inside the rim, using rubber sleeving between the bracket & mike body to help cut down vibrations through the mike body. Connection is via a standard jack plug. It's simple and cheap and works well with our band. I found mounting the mike on the cross-bars tended to pickup hand movements & get in the way.
In addition to these suggestions, there have been discussions of the subject on rec.music.celtic.
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