recording outside

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Matt Tarosky, Apr 3, 2003.

  1. Matt Tarosky

    Matt Tarosky Guest

    last night i was sitting outside playing guitar with my friend. i have a large field, (about and acre with no trees) we were wondering how an acoustic recording would sound if it was done outside. we would be using a DPS 12 recorder with adequate micing. i wanted to know if anyone has done this before, if so, does it sound better than a room since there would be no room sound? (it will be at night so there shouldn't be any lawn mowers or anything, and the road is pretty far away, you cant hear any cars at all)
    are there any mic placement suggestions? i assume i will need a hard reflective surface under the players, plywood?

    also, what about recording a drum set outside?
    im just looking for pros and cons of each
  2. Pez

    Pez Active Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Yes, I've recorded outside before. It can sound quite good. Definately better than a bad room. There are no bad reflections to deal with. Of course a "good room" sounds ummm... I guess this is self explanatory... good. I've never recorded drums outside so I can't comment on that. Acoustic acts can perform live outside and you will have a lot of individual definition in your mix to play with
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    All I know is i've always wanted to do this and would be thrilled to hear anything you do record outside! I'd imagine it would sound like an anechoic chamber.. does anyone have absorbtion coefficients on dirt?
  4. Matt Tarosky

    Matt Tarosky Guest

    sure, i would be glad to send you the recordings. what about absorbtion coefficients of grass?
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