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重庆体彩网重庆体彩网 then - five mics. 重庆体彩网et's assume that the choir and piano sound great in the auditorium where they will be recorded. 重庆体彩网f they don't, then you'll probably want to let someone else have the gig.
重庆体彩网ut if they do sound great, then all you have to do is capture that greatness, and it really won't be too difficult.
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重庆体彩网重庆体彩网ou could, for instance, opt for the coincident crossed pair technique, where two microphones are positioned very close together, one pointing left and the other pointing right.
重庆体彩网or this to work properly, the choir should preferably be arranged into an arc of a circle around the mics. 重庆体彩网 120-degree arc will be good. 重庆体彩网he mics should be at the center of the circle so that all members of the choir are roughly the same distance from the mics.
重庆体彩网ut suppose that the choirmaster doesn't like this idea and wants the choir in straight rows. 重庆体彩网ow the ends of the rows will be more distant from the mics, and therefore won't be picked up as well.
重庆体彩网nstead of the crossed pair, you can use spaced microphones. 重庆体彩网ne mic should be a quarter of the way from the left, the other quarter of the way from the right, then you should experiment to find the best placements.
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重庆体彩网重庆体彩网he only drawback to the spaced technique is that when you play the recording back it may sound half in the left speaker, half in the right, with nothing in-between.
重庆体彩网ince the whole point of stereo is to create a full 'sound stage' that goes all the way from left to right, clearly this is not appropriate.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网owever, if you put a third mic in the center, you can fill the 'hole in the middle'. 重庆体彩网ou won't need as much level from this mic - just bring it up as far as you need to fill the hole.
重庆体彩网hichever technique you choose, clearly it is best if the mics are the same. 重庆体彩网ut if they are not, don't let that hold you back. 重庆体彩网ou can match up the sounds with a little level and 重庆体彩网重庆体彩网 adjustment. 重庆体彩网t is unlikely that anyone other than another sound engineer will be able to tell.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网s for the piano, one way of recording the piano is to place the mics on stands that are just a little higher than the casing. 重庆体彩网he mics don't have to 'see' the strings. 重庆体彩网he audience hears the sound reflected from the lid so there is a good argument that the mics should too.
重庆体彩网lace the mics about 60 cm (2 feet) apart about 60 cm from the instrument down at the end away from the keyboard. 重庆体彩网his will give you a full rich sound that is a good starting point for experiment.
重庆体彩网f the choirmaster insists on having the lid of the piano closed, then you have a problem. 重庆体彩网ell him or her that the recording will be terrible and insist on at least using the short stick to prop up the lid.
重庆体彩网重庆体彩网ne nicety is that the piano mics should point away from the choir. 重庆体彩网his will give you more control in mixing. 重庆体彩网his will depend on the orientation of the piano, and you might choose to compromise the ideal position for sound quality so that you can gain more control.
重庆体彩网nd that's it! 重庆体彩网ow to record a choir and piano with just five mics.
重庆体彩网ill you send in the recording and let us all hear it?
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