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lucafrancini Reviewer says

Can you give me some suggestions about whistle recording? I’m using anti-pop but some pop/splut/spiz/sfiz still pass through. Then, to reduce some rumble wind I cut under 100/150hz… I’m also trying to whistle a little bit off axis…

Anyway, every advice is welcome! :)

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FxProSound says

Foam :) or keep mouth little above mic capsule

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TimMcMorris says

Whenever I do whistling in a track I keep my mouth a full 90 degrees away from the front of the mic (assuming a cardioid polar pattern is used). So, I usually stand to the side of the mic and blow across the face rather then directly at the face. Also, I think many people think they have to be really close for a good whistle to come through, but I believe that creates much more of a problem and allowing some distance is always best.

Also for a whistle, I will usually go as far as to roll off everything below 300HZ.

In certain applications, record the same thing on 2 mono tracks and pan them wide for a stronger presence. Just make sure your timing is good for both recordings or it will sound sloppy.

Happy Whistling :)

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lucafrancini Reviewer says

Thank you very much, I will definetely try to blow 90 degrees away ;)

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filmTones says

What Tim said. Also, there are some whistle sample instruments out there(Whistler?) that don’t sound great alone but can sound good blended with real whistles if you’re doing a gang whistle kind of thing. It has worked for me because I’m a terrible whistler!

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urbazon says

Great advices here. Thanks from me as well ;)

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GarryONeal says

I find that a doubling preset of some sort, with a little delay and modulation, really makes whistling sound pro.

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GroovingGecko says

Thanks for all the tips! I did buy the Whistler sample library after struggling with getting a good enough real whistling sound… But the samples sound too sterile, so I will make another attempt at the real deal! Maybe mixing them together is the best way…

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Art-of-Sound says

No pop/splut/spiz/sfiz problems arise if you whistle inwards.

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GroovingGecko says

True that… but what little pitch accuracy I have goes out the window unfortunately…

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