Best mic setup options
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05/16/12 + Brokenbeep
Hello everyone, I'm going to be recording an evening of spoken word, poetry and storytelling in a little local theatre. The actual space measures Width:8m Length:4m and it seats about 90 people, so not massive. I am looking at the best recording options, in particular the best stereo mic setup for this. I am stuck between a x/y and a/b micing strategy - any comments on this would be appreciated, in particular I wonder how much phase cancellation I would get in a space this big using a/b, and how much reduction in stereo image I might get using x/y? Should I position the mics low to the ground or at head height? Also does anyone have any suggestions for suitable mics that could be employed? Any help would be massively appreciated!
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05/19/12 + tbeals79
perhaps if you make a sketch and link people to it here? (not me, I have yet to attempt something like this)
where are PA speakers are positioned / facing etc. Any strange angles to the room should be noted.
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05/23/12 + beats
This isn't the fanciest answer, but if your goal is to create a record of what people are saying I would try to get the mic as close to their mouth as possible. If I could get away with it, I'd put a mic stand in front of them. It doesn't take much shuffling from the audience and reverberation to start diminishing the quality of a vocal recording and a stage mic will usually pick up enough audience reaction to make it sound "live" (especially if it has an omni pattern). Personally I probably wouldn't bother with stereo either. I know this doesn't really answer your stereo mic question, but this is what I've found that works. It really depends on what you're going for. No matter what you end up doing, I'd suggest trying to get some time in the theatre just to feel it out and figure out where the sweet spots are for sound.
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