Which Gear to use?

Discussion in 'Orchestra' started by Kendall Bowman, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Kendall Bowman

    Kendall Bowman Active Member

    Jun 3, 2017
    Orem, UT
    I am having a really hard time figuring out what to do. I have a project coming up with piano and solo violin, I feel like I am way over thinking things, but I cannot decide what to do. The hall we are recording in sounds amazing a little too reverberant but still a very gooding sounding hall. The musicians and instruments are amazing and very professional so I want to match that level, but I just can't decide what to do.
    The gear I have available to me is:
    Antelope Zen Tour
    Matched pair of DIY U87 ( which compared to the real things are extremely close)
    Matched pair of SE Electronics 4400a's
    SE Voodoo VR1
    SE X1
    2 Neve 511 pres
    1 Golden Age 573

    I am also thinking of either getting a pair of SDC's something like a pair of Oktava MK-012's or getting one really decent mic for the violin (which I am also having a hard time deciding).

    My first thought was a pair of the SE 4400's XY on the piano. The U87s as an ORTF or Blumlein as the main array, and then the Voodoo Vr1 and a soon to be SDC to spot the violin.

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as well as any mic suggestions within a limit of something around 600 or 700 dollars.
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
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    It could be as simple as using the pair of simili U87 with the zen tour. In situation like this (classical in a nice hall) adding more mics will only create problems when mixing time comes. You take the area of your choice X/Y, OTRF or Blumlein and you find the spot to put it (where it sounds the best) to get a good mix between both instruments.
    If you want to add the Neve preamps, it depends how good they match the mics and the genre of music.

    I'd wait to read what other members have to say ;)

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