7th January 2014
7th January 2014
Lives for gear
Joined: Oct 2006
Reverb mics facing away from the source
I recently recorded cello for a certain singer-songwriter "folkish" album and I used a single LDC mic (M149). It was of course close micing and the instrument got captured beautifully, but of course it is not suitable for classical and it lacks the realism of the recording space. This got me thinking about how I would approach solo cello recording in a real space for classical music. So, this was my stream of thoughts: recording the instrument with a single mic sounds fine, but I would like to have stereo information from the recording space - the reverb... And that got me thinking - I like all the tone I got from a single mic and I get no shifting of the image when the player moves as with spaced pairs... if I position the room mics so that they will face the source directly, I will get some additional tone, that will change the single mic's captured tone more than desired - of course you can move them around and check where it sounds good together, but then I thought - what about facing the "room" mics away from the direct source? Does that make sense, to only capture reverberation, and as little as possible of the direct source... Did anyone experiment with that? Why should the room mics be aiming at the direct source, only a bit further away from the main pair or a single mic - wouldn't it work if I turned them 180 degrees away from the direct source and capture the room? Ok with omnis this makes little sense, just positioning them a bit further away would probably do the trick I have in mind... but even with most omnis - they caputre a bit less on their back side, especially the SDCs where the mics body physically distances the capsule from the direct source (or so I imagine). Do I err somewhere in those ideas?