Live Recording & Ambient Noise

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by tundrkys, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    On really bad live recordings, there is an "ambient" noise around everything. You can tell it was recorded live. Sounds like all the mics were tracked through a tin can.
    Is this the result of poor mics?
    I am getting an AW4416, and want to start recording the local bands, do I need to start buying my own gear or get proficient in using the house gear.
  2. tundrkys

    tundrkys Guest

    Oh yeah, if you don't mind, can you help me put together a shopping list to get me started?

    After browsing here, I am starting to realize I'll need a lot more than just the Aw4416
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    That "ambient" noise you hear is usually due to a combination poor acoustics and distant mic techniques. This is usually overcome by the use of close micing. If you can place mics near the sources, on the drums and amps and then take a couple lines off the bass and PA (for vocals) you may be able to get recordings without all that "ambient" noise.

    For doing remotes, all you should need is mics, stands and cables. In some cases, you might need a multichannel mic splitter so you can split the stage mics with the FOH mixer ...

    I would recomend a load of SM57's and Sennheiser 421's. Use 57's on the guitar amps and snare drum and 421's on the toms. If you have the budget, you can use 421's on the snare and guitar amps as well ... An EV RE 20, a 421 or an AKG D112 will work on the kick. Another option for the kick is an Audex D6 ... Also save a few bucks for a pair of condenser mic for the overheads. On a budget, I like the Studio Projects C4's ... these come in matched pairs with shock mount mic clips and an aluminum flight case for under $500. You may need a few decent active direct box's for bass amps and keyboard rigs.... I like the Countrymans ... good but affordable.

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