Originally Posted by fifthcircle
I mean no disrespect, but you have to remember that we are providing a client-based service. No need to get cranky about the replies here. The answer is quite simple. She wants no mics in front of her, so no mics can go in front of her. It is up to you as an engineer to work around that. She is absolutely right- it is a live performance and not a recording session. Therefore nothing that we do as an engineer can interrupt that. If she isn't comfortable with stands in front of her, than that is the final answer.
My suggestion has been briefly mentioned, but perhaps overlooked. Work with mics whose pickup will negate the issues with being that far in the room. Perhaps a pair of hypercardiods on a stereo bar behind the conductor and a pair of figure 8 mics for flanks. Depending on her stand (assuming she doesn't have the music memorized), perhaps you could use one of those big manfrotto clamps attached to the stand with a stereo pair or stereo microphone on that. You may get a little noise, but it may be workable....
You'll have to use some creativity, but what the client wants has to go- whether you like it or not. As Steve Remote said, if you are that put out by it, then don't take the gig.
Thanks! for the suggestion. No disrespect felt.
I am trying not to get upset but when I say NO MICROPHONES between her and the choir and people keep suggesting them I don't think they understand the problem.The director does not want ANY microphones between her and the choir and it does not matter if they are are tall stands or short stands or if there is 1 or 16. Putting the microphone in the choir would not work as the choirs are constantly moving on and off stage and they are on risers and these are all kids.
I just did a recording of the Canton symphony with a large chorus and could use any setup I wanted including flown microphones which I did. The recording came off GREAT and was broadcast on WKSU-FM. I know how to record I just don't know how to do the best job with all the restrictions I have to work around in this case.
I am NOT going to go out and purchase thousand's of dollars worth of microphones when I can't use them even if I had them since I cannot put them where I want to.
I did have a meeting with the director and she understands the problems but still is vehemently opposed to microphones between her and the choir since she sees them as distractions for the kids. She has made one concession and agreed to have the piano lid opening facing away from the audience which was always a balance problem for me. So maybe things will be different.
Thanks again for your thoughtful reply.