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Each player gets a coincident pair
Old 17th May 2018
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Each player gets a coincident pair

This is from a recording of the Vijay Ayer Sextet. The horn players all have coincident pairs of (very nice!) mics. I would like to know what one gains from this setup and how it might be mixed/panned.
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Old 18th May 2018
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Some people use that stuff to have one mic low in gain and one mic high, so you have excellent gain possibilities in mixing, little to no risk of overload or clipping. Also to have more possibilities for tonal capture of the instruments with mixes of LDC and ribbons there.
How boring, though, excellent musicians in a beautiful looking room and you contrive it like this, with a bunch of headphone feeds, connecting a bunch of mics across several rooms.
They are talented enough to balance themselves, I'm sure, and they definitely have good enough mics in their lockers...
Old 18th May 2018
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Get em around one stereo array and ask em to stand up to the mic for their solos and compare performances.
That will be a shock for many
Old 18th May 2018
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Lots of possible reasons: indecisive recording engineer, wants to record different 'flavours' and decide at mix time ? Wanting a slightly wider, fatter solo sound by hard panning each of the pairs ? Classical (eg orchestral) recording of voice often uses a closely spaced pair of mics (either SD, ribbon or LDC) in sessions.

The use of ribbons should cut down side pickup of adjacent player (pic 1) and also of wall/ceiling floor reflections. In pic 1 both players have a ribbon (Royer) and of course the large RCA (AEA ?) is also such a mic
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