How I get my recorded sound

I created this video demonstrating how I get my recorded sound.

In the video, I talk about my recording equipment and how I route the signal, my mic technique and the processing I use on the recorded sound. You might want to listen on headphones since some of the things I demonstrate are somewhat subtle. Let me know if this helps or if you’d like me to talk about other things related to recording the trombone.


  1. Andy Crompton on August 5, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Nice one Michael

  2. Dave on August 25, 2015 at 8:07 am

    This outlines very clearly subtle essential concepts that I teach in my recording classes. Well done Mike!

  3. Stan Taylor on November 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Excellent and well thought-out primer on the recording basics. I was wondering about any acoustic treatment you may have in your room, and the slightly low placement of that (jealousy-inducing) microphone seems as if it may be a bit uncomfortable for longer sessions. But then again, I think of these things, being over 6 feet tall…
    Love the blog and web site!

    • Michael Lake on November 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      Thanks Stan. The placement of my mic happens to be the most comfortable for me. Everybody has a slightly different position to hold the horn. I guess that’s mine.

      Regarding the acoustics of the room, there’s nothing special. The ultra-close mic position helps minimize the room sound. I’ve got lots of rug coverage, a fully open grand piano and lots of equipment on racks along the walls that help disperse the sound. But a well-tuned room it isn’t! I guess I make up for poor room acoustics with a great mic and signal flow technology!!

  4. Garth Miller on May 27, 2018 at 3:49 pm


    Do you have any advice on recording equipment that might cost less?

    • Michael Lake on May 27, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Garth, my question to you is: what do you wish to record and what is the purpose of the recording? If you want to simply recording your practicing, that’s one type of equipment. If you wish to record performances of your group in a club, that’s another. Different equipment, different needs. Let me know and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

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