Live Band Recording

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by mittciao, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. mittciao

    mittciao Guest


    I am new to live sound recording. Now I am going to have a project which is a live recording session of Lead vocal with acoustic guitar and KB, Bass guitar and percussion on the side doing background vocals. I am concerning about the wiring issue: It contains Millennia HV-3D,Focusrite ISA430 MkII, an analog Studer mixer and a few mics in my gear list, so how do I get started?

    I drew a chart of the signal flow but it's hard to deal with all the cables. Looking forward to any suggestions. Thank you.

  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Can you share your chart?
    Photobucket works as far as I know.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    You talk about "recording" but you don't say what you want to record on to, or whether you want to make a multitrack recording or direct-to-stereo. I assume you want multitrack, but if you have facilities for monitoring and balancing in real-time, you could use the Studer mixer to go direct to stereo.

    If you have the 8-channel version of the Millennia HV-3D, that's enough microphone pre-amps for the project you outline, although I think I would use the ISA430 as a DI for the bass guitar. You wire the microphones to the Millennia inputs using XLR-XLR cables and the bass to the Hi-Z input of the Focusrite using a jack-jack cable.

    Before doing that, you need to consider where to send the line-level outputs from the HV-3D and ISA430, and also what microphones you are going to use for which instruments.

    There are two usual ways of doing the multitrack recording: to a computer via a multi-channel FireWire interface or to a hard disk recorder such as an Alesis HD24XR. Regular readers will know my preference for the second of these choices, but many engineers seem to operate successfully recording to a laptop or desktop computer.

    Until you tell us a little more about what your recording intentions are, I won't go into the choice of interfaces. and, similarly, there's no point to recommending new microphones until we know what you have already.

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