On 06/13/2010 11:40 PM, Jonathan Gazeley wrote:
> So, is anyone able to recommend good quality but inexpensive dynamic
no. i'm also pretty sure you'd want a condenser. for the organ, dynamics
might be interesting and ok'ish, but condensers are more versatile,
generally. i love my md421s, but i'm not using them as often as the
no serious microphone should show signal degradation after just 20m. for
professional recordings, 100m or more used to be the norm whenever an OB
van was involved.
> Another choice might be for me to buy another pair of C-2s (which are
large diaphragms are mostly show-off, in my experience. good large
capsules can be quite nice, but they are expensive to manufacture, and
their directivity patterns are a sad joke. if you're on a tight budget,
go small diaphragm. i like the røde nt55. for 500€, you get a matched
pair with cardioids *and* swappable omni capsules.
after having heard a direct comparison, i'm now pretty convinced that
the only way to record an organ is with omnis or very wide cardioids, as
main mikes, due to their extended low frequency response. with
cardioids, no matter how good, you are simply missing two octaves at the
bottom, where the nice 32' oomph is.
if you can't use omnis because of the reverb situation or because they
pick up nasty echoes from the choir, you will have to use a shelf eq to
bring the 32' back to where it belongs, but that can be difficult.
depending on the configuration of the organ, having another pair at 4-5m
height to capture the upper stops can be useful.
if you're not looking for very precise localisation, just pleasant
spaciousness, AB miking rather than XY is the technique of choice. with
large sounding bodies such as orchestras or organs, it has the
additional advantage of more uniform coverage as the spacing increases.
(finding just one spot where all parts of the sounding body have good
balance can be hard.)
using two (or even three) omnis on an organ, spaced several meters
apart, is not uncommon.
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