Hall/Room Acoustic Characteristics

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by Danielle, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Danielle

    Danielle Guest

    Hi All,

    I'm quite puzzled with how to judge the studio/hall acoustics, and choose the best placement for different instruments in the same space (studio/hall).

    One particular problem that I can't put my finger on is when recording in a concert hall, how do I decide whether the mics are too high or too low?

    Thank you in advance for all your suggestions!


  2. hughesmr

    hughesmr Guest

    The quick answer: listen to your monitors!

    If you're too low, the front element of your performing ensemble will be masking/overpowering the players in the rear. If so, raise the mics. (Also, if too low, you may get a lot of floor reflections that could muddy things up a bit.)

    If you're too high, the reverse may be true (i.e. the rear of the ensemble may be too pronounced). Also, you may notice a change in the timbre of many instruments, esp. strings.

  3. Danielle

    Danielle Guest

    That's a great tip! However, most of the time I have another dilemma, which is I only have my portable DAT and a pair of headphone to monitor the source. In that case, does the theory still apply? Thank you!

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