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Can I use two different mics in an M/S array? Condenser Microphones
Old 1 week ago
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Can I use two different mics in an M/S array?

I have several condenser microphones with polar pattern selector, but only one unit of each. When I make recordings in M / S, I have to take two different models. Is this bad?
Is it strictly necessary that the two microphones are of the same model?
My microphones are:
Neumann 107
Lauten Audio Atlantis
CAD Equitek E350

Should I buy another one of these?
Old 1 week ago
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Ideally you pick a MS duet combo, or two same mic having 8 and cardio figure options
But for alternative sound there is no issue using different mic, as far as the result is ok for you... just experiment !

Once I do MS with a SM57 and an AT4050... don't remember for what, (maybe drum room ??)

Old 1 week ago
Lives for gear

yes, you can use different mics for m/s; the thing with sdc's is that you can get their capsules closer together and therefore they will combine a bit better - in practice, many other designs seem to work though; i've been using everything from three sdc's to two ldc's or derived m/s from the soundfield's 4 capsules.

i suggest using the darker sounding mic for the side (as you'll mostly want the sides/the room to sound a bit darker than the direct sound in the middle.
Old 1 week ago
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You can use 2 different models. I was reviewing the AA CM67se and CM251 for Tape Op and I did Hammond/Leslie in M/S with the 67se as the mid and the 251 for this sides on Make Me Yours by Sara Quah, take a listen.
Old 3 days ago
Lives for gear
Yes.....Big yes. Mix and match heaven.

Take your best LDC tube in card pattern, and a Ribbon for the sides.....great results. Mix and match for new flavors if sounds not heard before.

I love a C800 and Coles 4038 in mid-side.
Old 3 days ago
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Did a recording once with an Earthworks omni mid and a Beyer M130 side. Sounded great. Crisp detail and warm at the same time.

Now that I have Sennheiser MKH 20/30/40's I use those though.
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