February 28, 2023 at 10:52 pm #5033
I consider mic choice somewhat akin to an oil painters brush choice. I record in a studio, and haven’t done much work in recording acoustic ensembles such as classical or jazz. So it’s mostly a matter of micing individual instruments, usually close mic’ed (varying from inches to 8 feet, or sometimes further for capturing room ambience.
I like omni SDCs for a realistic capture of sound in the room, mid/side for ultra realistic stereo field capture (especially nature sounds outside), and LDC cardoids for closer work. Occasionally I’ll butt a SDC mic up tight to a wall to effectively get a PZM response which works surprisingly well.
They’re all just tools for a job. I have no religious belief in ‘one right way’…