Curious re the tools and recording chain other banjo players use in the studio. Banjo being a fast transient instrument, I normally use a small pencil mic around fret 12-maybe 12 inches, and a big ribbon at pot/neck joint at a good 2 feet. Former I run through a tube preamp for thickness and the ribbon through a clean preamp to provide the mic's personality. Rarely use compression or EQ on the way in unless the mix contains other high frequency instruments where separation becomes important (mandolin, dojo). The analog then goes into digital interface for tracking (Logic in my case).
Results have been good so far, but wondering whether anyone has any studio tricks or favorite mics or positioning they use?
I use a 1" capsule Neumann TLM 102 condenser into a Golden Age Project Pre-73 Jr preamp into my Steinberg U44 interface. The preamp does thicken the sound nicely. Someday maybe I'll get a ribbon mic, but the Neumann set me back for awhile. I had a Comp-3A on the way into the interface for awhile, but I would rather not use it.