recording full symphonic orchestra of around 100 musicians

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  1. anababosa

    anababosa Guest


    Stressing. Too much. Grrr.

    Ok. Basically, I need to record an full symphonic orchestra of around 100 musicians. This would be for a film score- the only problem that is really phasing me at the moment is that I'm not too content with the recording methods that I have researched so far. This may just be a hypothetical project, but a simple stereo recording or an XY setup will most likely get me marked down and I was wondering how one would professionally mic an orchestra in order to get full control of their individual levels etc.

    How many mics, what kind, suggested brands, perhaps...

    - much love -
    ...the desperate newbie :roll:
  2. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    First suggestion is to search the 'acoustic music' forum here at RO and ask your more specific questions there.
    Things to include in your question:

    room size, instrumentation, type of music, seperate tracking possible? time frame, session time, etc...

  3. MC3DPCS

    MC3DPCS Active Member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Keith Johnson helped to build Reference Recordings by using minimalistic recording techniques for orchestras. I don't remember where I read the interview with him, possibly it was in the Absolute Sound. Anyway, he talked about Wilma and Robert Fine making the Mercury Living Presence series back in the 50's and 60's. The Fines used 3 mics for a full orchestra, as did some of the classic RCA Living Stereo recordings from that era. You're going to want really good mics and preamps to go minimal. I don't like the sound of a bunch of mics on an orchestra - it confuses the soundfield.

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