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Stereo Microphone Question

Those of you using stereo mics w/variable angles- ala AKG C24/33, Neumann sm69 and the new Vanguard V44s: how do you center the mic when the lower capsule is fixed?

Let's say you want a 60 degree stereo field and rotate the top head to 60 degrees. Since the bottom capsule is fixed, the only way you'll get that 60 degrees is if you rotate the mic to the point where the capsule angle is coincident with the source.

Seems like it's a guessing game at that point- a visual (or audio) best guess. Or am I missing something?
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I use an SM69fet all the time. It’s not hard to visually line it up. It’s actually really easy if I line up the mic within its shockmount, and then just point the shockmount at the source.
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I use an SM69fet all the time. It’s not hard to visually line it up. It’s actually really easy if I line up the mic within its shockmount, and then just point the shockmount at the source.
Thanks!

Just to clarify- you are rotating the mic until you visually estimate the capsules are at the same angle to the source (centered in the mount). So now the middle of the mic (the badge) is off center from the mount. (Goodness...I feel like I'm being a bit dense here!)
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You should be able to see the center line where the capsules bisect. That what you point at the center of the source.
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With the USM69 I usually eyeball it and then confirm it with what I hear.
For instance on drums, I listen if the snare is indeed in the center.
But even if it‘s a bit off center, it usually doesn‘t matter in the final product since there is so much more obvious asymmetry going on in a mix.
Trust your ears.
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