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Affordable mics for immersive sound
Old 23rd October 2019
Affordable mics for immersive sound

Hello, all!

I am looking to start research in the area of immersive sound and concert recordings, and in particular I am interested in finding ways to lower the barrier of entry, re: cost of equipment. I have some of my own high end mics, and use them for my own practice, but since the vast majority of students out there do not have the means to afford such equipment, I am interested in testing out equipment that is on the more affordable side. To start out, I'd like to experiment with a few different cardioid-based arrays, such as the Optimized Cardioid Triangle Surround format, and Double Mid-Side. I am also interested in a technique mentioned in one of Dr. Gunther Theile's papers, concerning the use of 5 equally-spaced cardioids across the width of the concert stage. This would especially come in handy next summer, when I will be recording a summer music institute which features a variable number of stage setups and positions for each concert.

I am torn between a few different sets of equipment, and wondered what the opinions were on this forum. Let me know what you think!

-Buying five Line Audio CM4s, and trying to create a Wide Cardioid Surround Array (as seen here: These could also be used for the five-cardioid array mentioned above.

-Buying five of the Rode NT-6s, along with omni capsules. I have and use these mics, and have always been impressed with their quality. With the omni caps, I could have access to a number of different immersive recording techniques.

-Buying a Rode NT2A along with the NT-6s, to do Double Mid-Side.

-Buying one of the B9 audio figure-8 mics, to do Double MS

Keep in mind that I'm going for more budget-conscious equipment on purpose--the goal here is to document budget-friendly and accessible alternatives for students/home recordists that want to get involved with immersive sound.

Let me know what you think!
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