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Spot-mic'ing classical singers

Dear friends,

I am to record some newly discovered music for befriended musicians.
2 violins, viola, cello, contrabasso, organ continuo. Add 2 horns for one piece.
Four singers (one to a part) who sing both choirs and solos.

I will have 4 MK2s available, and wonder if anyone has ever tried them as spots for singers? I have read somewhere about an engineer preferring DPA4006s as classical singer spots, because they will never sound 'too' dry and have no proximity effect. Of course placement will be crucial to avoid excessive bleed of instruments and other singers.

What are your thoughts?
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Dear friends,

I am to record some newly discovered music for befriended musicians.
2 violins, viola, cello, contrabasso, organ continuo. Add 2 horns for one piece.
Four singers (one to a part) who sing both choirs and solos.

I will have 4 MK2s available, and wonder if anyone has ever tried them as spots for singers? I have read somewhere about an engineer preferring DPA4006s as classical singer spots, because they will never sound 'too' dry and have no proximity effect. Of course placement will be crucial to avoid excessive bleed of instruments and other singers.

What are your thoughts?
i think the choice between b&k/dpa or schoeps is down to taste and not much of technical relevance/will not yield entirely different results.

i'd probably use cardioids for spots on singers. if omnis, i would not necessarily want mics with a hf lift - however, most any modern cardioids have this as well...




p.s. my favourite vocal (spot) mic is still the u67 (or at bigger distance and at least somewhat more affordable the tlm170r)

Last edited by deedeeyeah; 1 week ago at 10:08 PM.. Reason: p.s. added
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