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figure 8

Figure 8

A microphone polar pattern whereby the capsule is most sensitive to sound sources from the front and back equally, but sounds from the sides of the microphone are rejected. Sometime referred to as bi-directional. Also describes certain antenna patterns, such as that of a dipole.

Blumlein figure 8 mic suggestions

I am going to record a church choir and wanted to capture the ambiance of the room. I gathered from other posts that a Blumlein setup would work well for this, as I do not want a complicated setup with lots of mics placed all over the place. Does anybody have a recommendation for a good bi directional mic?

Some names that I have come across are

Neumann AK 20
Schoeps MK 8
Royer SF 12 and SF 24

How do these dedicated figure 8 mics compare to variable pattern mics such as the Neumann U 87 or KSM 44?