Originally Posted by loranoyd
The sound is great, with exactly the kind of detail I like in harpsichord recordings.
Thanks for the compliment. How do you like the sample I had posted earlier
Two slight quibbles: the overall volume seems unnaturally loud (although I own many label recordings of exceptionally loud harpsichord). Is this the way it sounded when you recorded, or did you do something in post?
Not really, a slight raise of volume maybe, but it's not even normalized, much less compressed. But you're right in principle, normalizing is something one shouldn't do with harpsichord recordings, they can
be a bit softer...
My other comment would be that the panning results in, to my ears, too much separation between the instruments. I hear the dreaded "hole-in-the-middle."
Well, there is a hole between the instruments...
I did this purposefully to an extent, because this is more of a demo (for a label), and I wanted the instruments clearly separated.
I would hesitate to suggest pulling the mics back a bit, since the ratio of direct to reflected sound seems so good.
I initially just placed the mics where I thought they'd sound good (just by looking, not listening). For a short test, I pulled them back a little and didn't like the change, so I put them back to where they were and left them...
How about panning the stereo image more to the center? I've found in my own recordings of orchestras, I almost never pan full left/right in the stereo channel.
I'd never pan stereo pairs... Especially not in the case of AB/ORTF or so, but even with coindident stereo, it isn't really a good idea.
I've not tried Blumlein as a main mic for orchestra, and I'm a bit reluctant to do so, but maybe I will try it one day, starting perhaps with a chamber orchestra or so.