| | acoustic duo - spot mics or stereo pair?
doing some audition recordings for a variety of instruments - mostly piano and violin, piano and flute, etc. in the past, i have always miced each instrument separately, with a single mic about 3 feet out from the soloist, and a stereo pair on the piano. lately, however, i have experiemented with just using a ORTF pair about 6 feet out from the duo like you might do on stage. as those of you who do this kind of stuff know, there are benefits and drawbacks to each approach. the close mics give a clean open studio kind of feel but can lack a certain cohesiveness between the players. the ORTF pair gives a much more cohesive sound, but at the expense of extraneous room noise, and is not as clean sounding.
that said, how would YOU do this kind of recording? thanks.