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What size stereo bar?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Unregistered, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I keep looking at the grace and aea stereo bars.... and trying to figure out if it is worth getting the 10" or the 24" stereo bars. (or in the case of AEA, 17" and 1 meter)

    Any opinions?

    What's the most versatile?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    What are you recording you need such a wide bar? What stereo technique are you using? Multiple arrays?

    For most stereo applications a Sabra-Som ST4 is about as wide as you need. I purchased some cold rolled steel bar stock to make custom width bars for room arrays that are quite a bit further back from the orchestral stage, but for a main array the ST4 bar has been more than sufficient.

    I made my own Decca Tree that I fly but if I did sound stage gigs (movies) I think the AEA Decca tree looks sweet. You can't go wrong with Grace though. I guess that's not much help but I kind of need a bit more info to get into specifics.
  3. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    Well, that's easy: The widest will be the most versatile. But the question you wanna ask yourself is, What's the most practical?

    For me, I'd say for every gig where I use spaced omnis (A/B or Decca Tree) I do 15, maybe 20 gigs where I do X/Y or ORTF or M/S...configs where even 17" is more width than I really need. In fact, I'd say easily 85-90% of the live recordings I've ever made were done with either a Shure A27M or a simple Atlas TM-1.

    iow, I don't need the most versatile stereo bar, I just need one that travels easily & sets up quickly/reliably.
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    +1. And often even when I use spaced omni's it's 12" or less. Or it's two completely separate mic stands.
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I have the Sabra-Som and I bought some other lengths of hexagonal steel (which is not all that expensive). I have one that's 3', but I don't think I've ever used it. When I bought it I was going to try XY in the middle with AB on either end of the long bar. Haven't got around to it yet.

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