help miking a venue for room/crowd sound.

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by barnee, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. barnee

    barnee Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005

    I'm planning to record a live show as multitracks.
    I have to set my pair of Rode NT5 to get the room/crowd sound.

    How would you set up those mics?

    high? pointing the stage? Pointing the audience?
    ORTF? X-Y ?

    Well, any help would be appreciated.


  2. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    what type of show, what type of venue, what's the rest of the recording setup like?
  3. barnee

    barnee Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    folk rock show.

    should be 2 people playing guitar and drums.

    small venue, 500 people I guess.

    I should get direct out from a Crest board for each tracks.
    and maybe I will get stereo out + effects.
  4. timblaze

    timblaze Guest

    I would put them up high, like hanging off the ceiling, about halfway between the PA and the FOH desk. Point them straight down at the crowd to get the least amount of PA bleed and room reflections.
  5. barnee

    barnee Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    Thanks for the advice!

  6. backinthelab

    backinthelab Guest

    I'd watch out aiming them straight down. Unless you want to hear a small group of people's conversations/screaming all night - that can get annoying. I usually set up right in front of the mix in an XY about 8-10 feet high, aimed SLIGHTLY toward the floor. Depending on the placement of the FOH, this will work just fine. I use my NT5's all the time for this. The crowd noise will sit in the mix in a manner that it won't be effected by the PA. Especially in an accoustic set.
  7. barnee

    barnee Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005

    It is what I did with the same exact set up!
    I used a pair of NT5 as XY, and the result is really nice.
    except for the guy who came just under the mics to applause (amazing...).
    But I will try to remove this in Digital Performer.

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