Originally Posted by illnus
Recorded a grand chamber orchestra! Tons of fun, though I'll definitely need to get another 24ch of AD for next time...
Sounds fun! Yesterday, I worked with 2 other engineers to record a 50-ish piece symphonic wind ensemble. The instrumentation was solo violin, harp, upright bass, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, saxes, trumpets, trombones, French horns, euphoniums, tubas, and a full orchestral percussion setup with vibes, marimba, xylophone, tympani, tubular bells, orchestra bass, snare and toms, plus more misc. percussion. It took all the mics that all 3 of us had to cover, and we used 30 of 32 available channels. Mainly, we used a pair of Blue Blueberry's above the conductor's head, close mics for all soloists, 1-3 mics per section, a mic for each percussion station, and room mics out in the hall. We had about 3 hours to set up before the ensemble arrived, then spent about 3-4 hours tracking the piece, one segment at a time. The conductor was great, he helped us soundcheck everything extensively, and he had plotted out how to break the piece down so we'd be able to assemble the best takes later. It was a student ensemble, but they really had their stuff together. It was hard work, but a lot of fun nonetheless.