So I just received a beautiful pair of the Flea 12's today. Only have tested them as overheads in the studio but so far I love them. But wanted to ask a few folks that have used C12's more than I have what sort of miking techniques they're doing with the C12's.
I usually use a pair of M269's or Coles as overheads. With a mono smash mic, usually a U48 right in front of the kit. If it's the M269's then I use a Coles as a smash overhead.
The Coles 4038 and the M269 seem to have a tighter pattern than the C12's do. I know 4038's are bidirectional because they're ribbons. But they're fairly focused also for that reason. I usually use the M269's in cardioid and they're very focused to my ears.
So here's my issue/question. When I set up those said mics as a stereo pair, I usually have them spread like this:
As a pair but closer together. Because of the way the room is shaped, this works out best phase wise.
I tried this with the C12's but it was too much. I felt like I had room mics mixed in with my overheads. So I lowered them which helped. I also tried them in figure 8 which definitely tightened up the image focus wise but frequency wise it was a bit cloudier.
So I ended up with the C12's in a position (cardioid) like figure 1 in this photo:
So the diaphragms are facing the cymbals on their respective sides. This was slightly better. Still adjusting. May try from the rear and a few other techniques. Just trying to get the focus tightened and less room. Anyone have any tips ?
Regardless, these are beautiful sounding mics. I can't wait to try them on a piano later!!
Flea did a fantastic job!