Can anyone tell me what type of microphone would be best to use to record the harp if I’m only using one microphone?
Large-diaphragm or small-diaphragm?
Cardioid or omni-directional?
I want to record harp videos (just in my family room) for youtube using my Canon DSLR, but I’d like a little better audio quality than what my in-camera mic gives. I’m looking at condenser mics and I know I’ll need phantom power which I’ve found for $20 on Amazon, but I’m not sure which type of microphone would give me the best results.
I’ve read that a small-diaphragm mic is best for acoustic guitars, which seem similar to the sound of a harp, but I’m also wondering if a large-diaphragm mic would be better and capture more of the sound of a harp.
I’m looking at cardioid mics that only capture the sound directly in front of it in order to eliminate background room noise or an echo-y sound from the room, but I’m also afraid that a cardioid mic might not pick up the sound of all the strings equally if it’s so directional. But I’m afraid an omni-directional mic would pick up too much room sound or echo. Does anyone have experience with this?