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Stereo recording from the center of a circle?

I’d like to make recordings of our group of musicians who play irish music. We get together every week and sit in a circle, in a private space (not a bar), and play Irish tunes. I’d like to avoid interfering with the group dynamic in our small circle and not be intrusive, so here’s my thought, let me know what you think. I could put two figure-eight mics in the center of the circle, head to head (one upside down above the other, at 90 degrees, similar to blumlein but we’re around all sides) and hopefully get a decent stereo recording.

Mixing strings

Hello to everyone at RO.

So I got this mixing project from a band yesterday, which is a track they made for some company's promotional video. They have put down the drums, bass, organ and electric guitar which I have gotten used to mixing. But apart from that they have put down a string section and a solo flute using a sample library, which is a little hard to mix for me.

Avoiding phase when doubling strings


I am recording a string section which consists of 6 violins and 2 cellos. We will be doubling ( by re-recording a second take ) the section and are concerned about potential phasing issues.
Does anyone have any advice as to how to avoid any phasing between the doubled parts at the recording phase.

Is it a valid concern ? Or will the fact that the parts are being played again avoid any noticeable phasing ?

Some ideas we have considered are placing another set of mics for the second take, or asking the players to move slightly between takes.

RODE NT4 stereo mic for recording musician strings percussion

I am a 1 man camera crew! (due to budget constraints)
I want to record some musicians(percussion and-or string-guitar) in a small enclosed space( a music store actually).

I was thinking of simply boom mounting a RODE NT4 stereo mic going straight into my Zoom H6.

Opinions? Would a good cardioid mic be a better choice?

old acoustic guitar strings vs. new for recording

I have heard it said more than once that fresh strings are a prerequisite for a recording session. Being one who changes their strings fairly often, this is never a problem. But the other day, I picked up a used guitar that was quite inexpensive due to some issues, and decided to record it, before doing anything to it other than truss rod adjustment.

DVZ Strings

Ya! After 3 years in the waiting for me ( I've heard it was a Seven year development), I am finally receiving my long awaited DVZ String software. Thank you Chris Stone!

I am now hopefully entering the closer to "real" world of string instruments. I'm very excited. For those interested, I will hopefully get this up and running on my PCAudioLabs i7 and let you all know how it sounds.

It apparently will run on a single sampler CP now.