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Vocal Normalization... Done In Mixing or Actual Mic Technique?

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Pretty straight forward question... as I cut vocals, I often find that later phrases or phrases that descend to lower notes have a drop in relative volume and are hard to hear -- I've been creating volume envelopes to compensate, and I also know I can use limiters with threshold and ceiling settings or compressors to do something similar (just starting to do this)... but my question is --- is this how it's done? Or should I be developing an adaptive mic technique while singing ? I'm just not sure what the standard practice is. Is the need to normalize "normal"?

Creating Impulse Responses using MS Micing technique.

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So, I sometimes use the SIR1 plugin for reverb (its free!). It takes impulse responses of different locations around the world to simulate reverb. You can even make your own, which I did. I took a pair of SDC's and recorded them in XY inside a giant staircase in my school. It sounds pretty cool.

To make a larger stereo-spread reverb, can I use the M/S technique? I just got a figure-8 ribbon. If I did this, could I just use the doubled side tracks (being flipped phase of course), or do I need the mid too? Or is it whatever I want?

mic recording techniques for drums

I've got a hankering to try some three mic recording techniques for drums. Here's what I have to work with:

Room: 23' X 16' with 14' cathedral ceilings, copious OC703 and Ethan Weineresque bass traps
Drums: mid-range 80s era Tamas with nice high-end Zildjian cymbals and a bad-ass 60s Leedy snare
Mics: 2 X Peluso P12 tube mics, a Neumann U-89, lots of dynamic mics
Preamps: 2 X SCA A12 preamps (API clones), SCA N72 (Neve clone), Demeter HM-1 stereo tube pre

Mic technique for piano, flute and bass flute?

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I have been asked to make a stereo recording of a grand piano, flute and base flute in a small 'music room'. I have Neumann KM184s (matched pair), TML103, AKG 414s (matched pair), STC/Coles 4038. Will be using Nagra VI (4 mic channels). There will be no audience. Please can someone advise on mic placement. Many thanks, David

Blue Yeti microphone peaking

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Hello,

I'm currently trying to do some vocal recording with my new microphone (blue yeti - best mic I could afford etc etc).

My problem is I have a rather large voice (professional classical singer) and I'm not sure how to set hardware/software up so I don't peak as much while I try and record assorted pieces.

I'm using Adobe Audition with the Blue Yeti.

Any input or thought provoking questions would be helpful!

Thanks a ton

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