what is mid-side recording and how do I configure it?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by DeeBee, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. DeeBee

    DeeBee Guest

    I have read a few postings suggesting that a mid-side recording combo is a good alternative to x-y or spaced pairs. I have a few pencil condenser mics as well as a Rode K2.

    Should I wish to use mid-side technique (I assume with a single mic facing the subject and the K2 on figure-8 facing across as the side) how do I configure my recorder? Is is a stereo recording or two monos?

    I do have some plugins that have m-s variants. How do I configure for these?

    Also, under what circumstances does a mid-side configuration work best.

    Many thanks,

  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Record the mid mic to one mono channel and record the side mic to anothe rmono channel. Duplicate the side channel. Pan one left and the other right. Invert the phase of the right one. Link the faders or send them to a stereo bus so you can control both of them at once. Mix to taste.
  3. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    voxengo makes a free MS decoder with mid and side mix control.
  4. mugtastic

    mugtastic Active Member

    Dec 9, 2005
    the question remains "why" as you're using 3 tracks for a stereo image. while setting it up and getting it to work is cool (get everything set up, and switch the phase last while listening and the stereo image pops out) the technique is usefull because the depth of the stereo field is adjustable after recording by controlling the level of the side tracks.

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