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College of Creative Arts


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Committee Chair

Keith Jackson

Committee Member

Lindsay Allen

Committee Member

Carson McTeer

Committee Member

Travis Stimeling


Many musicians find it difficult to capture the sound of their instrument in a recording. Often times the trouble is getting a recording to sound natural, or true to life. This is no different for the classical tuba, especially due to the way its sound is produced. This paper focuses on some of the broad variables that go into realistically reproducing the tuba’s sound, which has received very little, if any, academic study.

Within this study, microphone selection and placement is considered, interpreted, and discussed via objective and subjective methods. More specifically, this includes direct and indirect microphone placements, as well as condenser and dynamic microphones containing both small and large diaphragms. Each microphone placement and microphone type is compared and contrasted with each other. Objective data was collected via spectrographs and analyzed; subjective methods include appraisal of audio playback.

Based on the results collected, the author includes a suggestion for how to capture the best tuba sound via recording. The author also offers input on areas that still require further study.

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