Recording a Resonator

I will soon be going into a studio to record some bottleneck on a wooden bodied resonator.
Wondering if anyone has any advice or tips for best results , especially about which mic to use ( dynamic or condenser etc ) and best mic placement.....etc etc
Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks. 


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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 27878
    I play a bit of dobro.
    I record them with small condenser microphones most of the time.

    Simple stuff:

    Favourites are Neumann KM84, KM184 or Josephson C42's, but most SDC's will work.
    Ribbons can be interesting too.
    I don't mess about with multi-microphone configurations, a single mic pointed at the cone from the treble neck side (for a square neck, played seated).

    Less simple stuff:

    I track with a tube mic preamp (Groove Tubes ViPre) with a bit of EQ (Manley Massive Passive, or Empirical Labs LilFreq, SSL 611).
    I tend to not record with compression, or if I do something quite transparent (in my case a Crane Song STC-8).
    I almost always record a direct signal as well.
    Dobro sounds great when you blend the acoustic signal with an amount of an amped up signal too.
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  • KDSKDS Frets: 100
    You’ll get great advice at Michael Messers website
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