blumlein 8s or a-b omnis for choir

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by leonin, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. leonin

    leonin Guest

    I know that this topic has probably been discussed but I could not find it.

    I am going to record a choir in a decent sized church. I want to capture the ambient sound and am limited to 2 mics. I assume that a-b and blumlein are be the top two options. Is this correct? If I am wrong please correct me. Which setup should I use?

  2. hughesmr

    hughesmr Guest

    Blumlein will be nice if you can get good balance of direct/reflected sound of the choir while keeping them in the 90deg critical angle. This depends on the acoustics of the church. A/B omnis in this application is a matter of taste (I like them), but you might have to deal with LF rumble. A/B will smooth over the blend more, too.

    I like and use a method popular with many here ... a pr of subcards (Schoeps MK21) in wide ORTF. Mmmmmmm, Schoeps.... :p
  3. TeddyBullard

    TeddyBullard Guest

    I Like jecklin disc, personally, or blumlein...A_B not so much.

  4. sdemott

    sdemott Guest

    I am not a big fan of spaced omni pairs - I do, however, like 3 or more omnis. To get an acceptable stereo spread with 2 omnis you have to go wide enough that you get the "hole in the middle" syndrome. Adding a 3rd really helps keep the image stable in that scenario.

    I am a huge fan of ORTF-esqe techniques for choir...especially in a church/chapel/cathedral which can become washy and very live.

    Of course - it's best to try everything and decide for yourself which sounds best to you.
  5. Simmosonic

    Simmosonic Active Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    ORTF with cardioids is a safe bet...

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