[LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ

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Date: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 9:40 pm

Hi all,

In the past I've recorded a church choir and organ, using a pair of
small condensers[1] in an X-Y layout for the choir, and a single
large-diaphragm condenser[2] for the pipe organ (which is at the other
end of the church).

The large condenser copes extremely well with the organ, and it sounds
great when the choir and the organ play together, but during the solo
organ parts, the organ sounds a bit "mono".

Today, I recorded again but used two inexpensive dynamic microphones[3]
in an X-Y pair for the organ. I was pleasantly surprised by the general
recording quality and sound colour of the dynamic mics - I thought they
wouldn't stand up against the much more expensive condenser. It also
sounds good in stereo - although these cheap mics have a fairly loud
background hiss. What can you expect from a 3-pack for £25?

So, is anyone able to recommend good quality but inexpensive dynamic
mics that can cope with the loud SPL of a pipe organ at ten feet, have a
low background noise, and don't mind being at the end of a 20m XLR cable?

Another choice might be for me to buy another pair of C-2s (which are
excellent), although I'm not sure how well they will cope with the low
frequencies of a pipe organ (as low as 15Hz).

I could also try a pair of large-diaphragm condensers, such as the
Behringer C-1 [4]. Any thoughts?

Cheers,
Jonathan

[1] Behringer C-2 http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/C-2.aspx
[2] Behringer B-1 http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/B-1.aspx
[3] Behringer XM1800S http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/XM1800S.aspx
[4] Behringer C-1 http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/C-1.aspx
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[LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jonathan Gazeley, (Sun Jun 13, 9:40 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Sat Jun 19, 8:18 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jonathan Gazeley, (Sat Jun 19, 7:05 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Wed Jun 23, 9:12 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jonathan Gazeley, (Wed Jun 23, 10:39 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Thu Jun 24, 5:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jonathan Gazeley, (Wed Jun 23, 10:55 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Arnold Krille, (Thu Jun 24, 8:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Florian Faber, (Thu Jun 24, 8:10 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Arnold Krille, (Wed Jun 23, 9:35 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Thu Jun 24, 5:43 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Andre Majorel, (Mon Jun 14, 11:06 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Monty Montgomery, (Tue Jun 15, 6:39 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Loki Davison, (Wed Jun 16, 11:19 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Chris Edwards, (Thu Jun 17, 10:58 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Kevin Cosgrove, (Mon Jun 14, 1:46 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Ray Rashif, (Mon Jun 14, 4:30 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Bob van der Poel, (Mon Jun 14, 12:44 am)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Charles Henry, (Mon Jun 14, 5:36 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jonathan Gazeley, (Mon Jun 14, 4:37 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Arnold Krille, (Mon Jun 14, 5:25 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Chris Edwards, (Tue Jun 15, 2:19 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Jonathan Gazeley, (Tue Jun 15, 3:08 pm)
Re: [LAU] OT: Microphone choice for pipe organ, Kevin Cosgrove, (Mon Jun 14, 5:30 pm)