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Old 17th May 2006
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Use a stereo setup as "main pair" and make the overall sound with this main pair. Anything else is optional.
Don't go too near the instruments. At least 3 ft away, rather more.
Get your levels right at the recording time, don't use compressor.
Use Hi-Quality SDCs like Schoeps/Neumann/DPA into a neutral pre (this doesn't necessarily need to be expensive, but it needs to be neutral. Many people use Mackie VLZ!!!) for neutral sound.
Use no more mics than are absolutely necessary.

Experiment and LISTEN.
And get your experience together.