advice on miking a string trio

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by supercharry, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. supercharry

    supercharry Guest

    HI everyone, I need some advice on how to mic a string trio. The condenser mics I have are the following:

    2 AT4033
    1 KSM44
    2 C1000's (forget about using these.....)

    how should I place the mics and how should I place the musicians as well. this is the first time im recording strings.

  2. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    My Two Cents...

    Let the musicians set up like they normally would in a performance (semi-circle, whatever...) then mic them from there.

    I don't know much about the KSM44, but if it can do a figure 8, you may consider the classic M-S approach, using a 4033 as the front cardiod and the 44 as the M-S feed...

    If that doesn't work well, then try the 2 4033s in an ORTF or XY...

    Of course, depending on what the recording will be used for, a single omni (will the 44 do that?) placed in the center of the trio just might do the trick...most string groups mix themselves very well....
  3. MrPhil

    MrPhil Guest

    I'm with midland on the two AT4033:s in ORTF setup.
    I find ORTF very good at giving a listening spectrum equivalent to your ears'.
    I think recommended setup for ORTF is about 17-20cm apart (at the capsules) and angled apart at aprox 110 degrees.
    Find a place where you and your ears like the listening spot, and place the mics at the same place. With a little luck the recorded result should give you the same listening as when you listened live.
  4. supercharry

    supercharry Guest

    thanks a lot, Ill try with both 4033´s and see how it goes.

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