which pair for stereo recording

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by johnmcg, May 12, 2005.

  1. johnmcg

    johnmcg Guest

    I have a gig saturday and i want to record it, and looking for feeback on which the better choice is for mics (of the two sets of "matched" pairs that I own): AKG C1000's or Oktava MK-012's

    I have a presonus bluetube mic pre, too -- any input on whether to use it, or use the foh board pre's?

    fianlly -- suggestions on how to set the mics up for a small club acoustic rock style band?

    thanks in advance!!
  2. Zilla

    Zilla Active Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    WY / CA
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    There are too many unknown factors to anticipate what would be best. I suggest you take both pairs of mics and audition each during their sound check. Give a listen and use the pair that best compliments the situation.

    Who knows what kind of pre's the foh mixer has? Could be better or worse than your's. But if you use your pre, you will be independant of any undesirable noises and mishaps with their equipment.

    FWIW, I have never been satisified with any two mic recordings of groups in a club. It just sounds too distant. Also, the lack of control in a typical club environment usually makes for poor ensemble balance. A two mic stereo recording approach is better than no recording at all. But if you want to come away with something you can really use; multiple mics are the way to go.
  3. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    I used to use a 2-mic approach for my band in a club, along with a stereo direct out from the main console. It was never perfect, but it at least gave me some control of the band's sound live vs the board mix. (There was always something missing or something too hot, but it worked most of the time.)

    If you can do what zilla suggests, go with multi-mics, either for the recording alone, or if you're mic'ing the band for live sound, take separate outs from each channel to a multitrack and mix it all later.
  4. tmcconnell

    tmcconnell Guest

    I'd say..

    If you only have two channels to work with...and you can't mix them later, and you can't take a submix in the board... then use the Octavas with the hypercardiod capsule (assuming you have one), pointed down slightly, up high, as close as you can get them to the band and still hear the horns of the PA. If you don't have the hypercardiod capsule, then use the c1000's in the same placement.

    Otherwise, just run a submix off the board if the board has enough aux sends assuming all things are miced. If you can't do that, run a mono channel from the board for vocal, and a stereo pair in front of the drum kit. The guitars and bass will come out fine.

    Basically, the thing you want to avoid is room.

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