How to Mike a Bodhrán


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:

Kevin Rice suggested:

John Anthony, who has engineered some recordings for Seamus Egan, suggests

Gerard Robinson wrote me from the UK:

In addition to these suggestions, there have been discussions of the subject on



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Josh Mittleman

Last updated 30 Mar 1999