12th October 2006
12th October 2006
Using Schoeps cardioids to record live rock music (Patti Smith)
I do location sound (televison video, documentary, etc) for a living, have done some simple music recording on my own. I'm recording Patti Smith this sunday for a documentary on her, it's the last performance at CBGBs here in NYC. Sound will be fed wireless to two cameras as backup, and I'm using the Sound Devices 744T at 24/96 as my main recording source. I'm getting a line feed from Emery Dobsyn, her sound mixer. It's also going ot Sirius radio for broadcast, so it should be a nice mix. Both the documentary director and I agree that there should be room mics to pick up the sound of the club (air, audience sound, etc.) In fact, he is afraid the board sound will be "too clean", he may want to have more raw tracks. Anyways, I have used Schoeps before for vocal documentary work (have their amazing new shotgun mic), and a bit for quieter music, and know of their wonderful transparency. Just wondering if anyone thinks thay may not fair as well in a rock club enviornment. Their specs say they can handle 132 db, so I'm not too worried about them peaking out. I will be using my Sound Devices 442 mixer to power and mix them, has a good limiter, and I do have pads I can put in place if needed (but will try the first without at soundcheck.) My gut tells me the Schoeps will be better than my other choices (Sure VP88, Sanken stereo shotgun, Sennheiser 418.) I'm looking for compact, will be flying them from the ceiling (crazy packed crowed expected), and while the Schoeps on a stereo bar is a little wider than the stereo shotguns or Sure VP88, they should not take up too much realestate. It's going to be a quick and dirty set-up before soundcheck.