So, recording Russian Chamber Chorus of New York
. Here are my notes.
I discovered the one
instance where I might
want reading glasses and distance glasses in one pair of progressive bifocals. That's recording where I have a machine close by and then have to look in the distance at the subjects.
|SD 702. Remember that you need external power if you're going to be using an external portable FireWire drive.|
But you know what? Not really. Because the recorder (and faders, on a mixer) are really at the 22" computer
distance rather than book-reading distance. So if I do end up with progressive bifocals one day they likely won't
be reading/distance but rather computer/distance.
I used the Oktava 012 mics. Russian made and from The Sound Room. They sound great.
|The Oktava mics are a bit further apart on this X/Y bar than I've been having them. Is that good? Bad? I don't know.|
We did some back-and-forth about how far away the mics should be. Personally I'd put them either right
behind the conductor or way up in the balcony. I feel like on the floor I get too much of the crinkling sounds the audience makes, but if I'm fairly close I get nice articulation off the voices and instruments. The further back I go, the better the "blend" in the room. Up in the balcony there's much less articulation but the audience is quieter.
|These look higher up than they really are. They're only up as high as my AKG tripod mic stand will put them. |
So it's all a compromise.
What I did was set up in the back of the room, but then just before the performance I pushed the mic stand about 12 feet closer to the chorus. This was at Holy Trinity on 82nd Street. The shape of the space is interesting with a huge domed ceiling.
|See? I'm cheating. I'm using the marks that are already on the floor for my mic positions. This will make it easier to replicate (or avoid) in the future.|
Listening to the recordings last night I was pretty happy with them. But I am far from a neutral listener and after an evening of recording I have no critical distance anymore. I did, however, have some smoked mozzarella cheese and strawberries dipped in chocolate. But that has nothing to do with these recordings.
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