Mouthpiece Recording Test Survey

I have been experimenting lately with different recording distances and settings for my mouthpiece reviews.  Usually, I record dry with no effects about 2 feet from the microphone. I’ve noticed that darker sounding mouthpieces can sound rich and beautiful in this setting but many times the brighter more powerful mouthpieces can sound harsh, shrill, edgy, thin or just generally unpleasant recorded this way……….


Because I’m a bit overly obsessive,   I set up this poll to see what you all think of the different distances from the mic as well as the effects used on the sounds.  I have my own opinions but I thought it would be interesting to open it up to all of you to see what you think.  If you want to add additional insights or thoughts, feel free to in the comment section below.  Thanks for your help and input,      Steve

Recording Test-Dry

Recording Test-Compression

Recording Test-Reverb

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Steve About Steve

Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Hi Steve,

    audio is not playing – something wrong with the files?


    • Walter, they should be playing now. I had an issue with the player this morning but I think it is fixed………..Let me know if it isn’t. Steve

  2. Great!! We have 5 votes so far and they are all different………I was hoping everyone would vote the same………..Oh well…………..

  3. might be too many choices for voting… I voted 2 feet dry since you said two feet was your usual distance. Btw, nothing harsh, shrill, or too edgy about that. Some quality tenor sound on there, sounds good to me.

  4. At least “dry” seems to be a favourite…

  5. I think the best sound would be a very subtle combination of the two. Nothing to fling you into the realm of easy listening, but just enough to make it more suitable for a modern recording; however, for a mouthpiece review, you shouldn’t use effects at all as they can mislead from the true sound.

  6. Steve:
    What kind of mic did you use ? Condenser ?

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