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Recording a brass band in a cathedral Condenser Microphones
Old 11th March 2018
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As mentioned earlier, the seating arrangement for a brass band makes a simple stereo pair very difficult to implement successfully in terms of image, balance and reverberant field, unless you are very lucky with the space you are recording in. A little spot miking can make a huge difference and not be too much compromise.
Old 25th March 2018
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Hope you will upload at least a sample of your recordings. I don't know if you have already done the recording, but I could make one suggestion. Have a look at YouTube videos of brass band recordings. You can often see where the mics are positioned. Then you can get a rough idea of what might work in your setting by listening to what they recorded. I looked at a few, and it seems to be generally spaced pairs over the band, in front of the conductor. I guess in such a case omnis are being used. By the way, I see the same for great symphonies. I liked the recordings you made at Xmas, although they are very wet.

Here was one I liked:
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Old 26th March 2018
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Hope you will upload at least a sample of your recordings. I don't know if you have already done the recording, but I could make one suggestion. Have a look at YouTube videos of brass band recordings. You can often see where the mics are positioned. Then you can get a rough idea of what might work in your setting by listening to what they recorded. I looked at a few, and it seems to be generally spaced pairs over the band, in front of the conductor. I guess in such a case omnis are being used. By the way, I see the same for great symphonies. I liked the recordings you made at Xmas, although they are very wet.

Here was one I liked:
YouTube
Just a word of caution...that sounds like the studio recording (that was done by Egon IIRC) whereas the photo is a generic from the European Championships which were held in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow in 2004...which was recorded by someone else for a dvd release so what you’re seeing isn’t necessarily what you’re hearing....granted, David and YBS won that contest with that piece the same year...but even so....
Old 27th March 2018
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Recording a brass band in a cathedral
Not sure what constitutes a cathedral in Singapore, but here in Europe the space in your photo looks more like a small/medium size, low-ceiling church.

Spare a thought for those of us struggling with 100m Gothic dome heights and 13 second reverb times!
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