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In reply to: Fun With Stereo Pairs!February 4, 2023 at 1:12 am #4722
Hi @Mickey242! I use ORTF a lot. (I often eye-ball the setup, so I guess it’s near-ORTF.) Mid-side is good too. One cool thing about M-S is that the mics don’t need to be the same, which allows some interesting combinations. I record a variety of pop music (as opposed to classical, although I would enjoy doing that too.) Mostly multi-miced, multi-tracked stuff, often with group members all playing together at the same time, and then some added overdubs.
In reply to: Tracking on non studio environments. Pros and consFebruary 3, 2023 at 11:00 pm #4713
Tracking in a non-studio environment can engender a great vibe that can have a very positive effect on musician / artist performance. One disadvantage is the amount of setup time involved in working in a space without a studio’s infrastructure. There’s a lot of equipment to put in place if you’re doing a full-blown multi-track pop production. Mic lines, monitoring, a headphone system, outboard gear, etc. Of course, there are also potential issues with environmental noise and sub-par acoustics.
Still, the results can be spectacular. Here’s a recording I did in the artist’s living room. I was set up in the same room, just behind the line of cameras, trying to get the best sounds I could in a compromised monitoring environment. In these situations, you rely on your experience of best practices to guide your engineering decisions. We could have made this in a recording studio, but I don’t think it would have been nearly as cool.
In reply to: What’s your favourite mixing console of all time?February 3, 2023 at 10:26 pm #4708
My favorite is Trident A Range #13. I got to use it a lot when I was on staff at Quad Studios in Nashville in the late ’90’s. I especially loved it for tracking, but mixes through it sounded great too.
In reply to: Fun With Stereo Pairs!February 3, 2023 at 10:12 pm #4707
Great post! I completely agree that stereo pairs aren’t just for classical music recording (although that is the context in which I really learned about them.) This week, I used a spaced pair of cardioids to close mic a piano (SM57’s that worked very well in the specific context), an ORTF pair of cardioids for drum overheads and a small choir (Mojave MA-201), and an ORTF pair of cardioids for room sound (Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina). They all sounded great. A well placed stereo pair can add a sense of depth and realism to a recording.