Originally Posted by Plush
Actually I think the responses you received, Andy, were from people saying it was possible to record with just a pair. I don't think you heard from people who use only a main pair as their every day way of working.
Movie score recording, at least in Hollywood, relies on a forest of mics and a close pick-up perspective aesthetic that attempts to create sound textures as well as recorded music sound. It would not be unusual to see 60-70 or more mics on the orchestra.
I'm puzzled by your notion that these film scores are not a compressed sound. Often they are exactly that with a flat perspective made from pan-potted stereo. The dynamic range of a film score is strictly controlled so that it does not cover dialog or distract from a product placement!!
As an orchestra recording pro, I am often disappointed by what is offered up in Hollywood.
We ourselves are using old M-50 mics as our main pick-up here. I think the reason
more vintage mics were not mentioned above is that they are fiddly and can be buzzy and ARE expensive.
If you are aiming towards attracting film score work in Poland, I recommend heading over to Katowice to the radio studio. Mic up that beautiful room with a ton of mics and rely on Tonmeister Beatta to get you the sound. Record to their Pyramix there and call it a day.
Regarding the score compression issue - I said that they don't necessarily _need_ to compress for reasons of headroom/dynamic range. Whether they do or don't is another matter entirely! - and like I also said, I don't often hear a score recording that I like.
What I meant was that they have no excuse for the compression in terms of playback headroom - dialogue aside.
Katowice is quite close to me, so I may well pop in and have a look one of these days.
PS, last time I heard m50s and m49s on orchestra (in decca trees) I didn't like what happened when the string section opened up with some expressive dynamics.... but until then it sounded quite nice and it certainly sounded 'like a record'..... but it needed a 670 to complete the effect ;-)