Hi all, there are a couple of chamber concerts coming up that I’m being asked to record. I am hoping to lean on the experience of the good people here to advise me.
For equipment, I have a Zoom F4 recorder, and an old laptop running Cubase and interfaced via firewire through the Steinberg MR816CSX interface. My setup will be a pair of microphones into a mic splitter feeder both recording systems ensuring redundancy in case anything fails.
For mics, I have a pair of AT4041’s (cardiod SDC’s) and a pair of AT2020’s (cardiod LDC’s).
In another thread, people have helped me understand the variables in recording an orchestra. Now I’m hoping to prepare for a student chamber music concert featuring ensembles ranging from two to probably 8 players, and a professional woodwind recital featuring up to six players, including piano. They will both be in small rooms (a library lecture room, typically).
Based on this video:
I should probably set up a stereo pair in x-y configuration not too far back from the center of sound, say five to six feet, and above the ensemble, but not too high, and pointed down at the ensemble, and I should use the SDC mics.
There was a similar video that I watched from AudioTechnica with basically the same advice (aiming to sell their microphones).
What do you guys do? Am I on the right track with the x-y setup, or is another configuration more appropriate in your experience?
I had thought x-y was the place to start with an orchestra, but was happily advised otherwise, and I thank all the contributors for steering me in the right direction.