I got a question and would like to hear some feedback about volume levels and eq adjustment suggestions for live recordings. Here is the setup for our mics. I am using a Shure Beta 87a at my keyboard using two 5" keyboard monitors to hear in stereo the whole mix, and my wife is using a sennheiser me 3-ew headset with monitors at her keyboard as well.
First in my mix downs I have noticed that her headset is VERY good at cutting out background noise of anything else other than her vocal, as a matter of fact I can not hear my vocal in her headset bleeding through her monitor when it is soloed out. I just switched to this Beta 87a from a traditional sennheiser cardioid mic. I really like the 87a as it really cuts in the mix and for its tighter super-cardioid pattern, I think it helps greatly with any feedback, however I need some suggestions as to how to keep out as much as possible the music and now even my wife’s vocal is being picked up through my mic a lot more. This is not good for mix downs as everyone knows, but it is a live set cranked up.
I have been mixing now for a few years and I am learning each time new things to help get better.
Would it help if I sang closer to the mic and turned the pre-amp gain down on it? For instance, my mouth about 2-4 inches from the mic? However I don’t want to have the plosive sounds either and I don’t want the mic TOO far away as I’m concerned it might record too thin on my vocals.
We do use a Steinberg UR824 and I just purchased Cubase 7 to upgrade from 6, if that helps anyone with pointers.
Appreciate the good advice and many thanks in advance.