By Leo L. Beranek
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Don’t forget about that one humble microphone that sits in the corner of your arsenal for years and never gets used. I wonder how a shotgun microphone aimed at a guitar amplifier would sound, or a boundary microphone taped to the floor under a guitar amplifier, or a lavalier clipped to the hole of an acoustic guitar? l Check please. Double check, then triple check that the microphone is attached to the stand correctly, is not touching any other stands or instruments, and is solidly in place. l Mute the microphone before plugging in the cable.
L A second distant microphone recorded on a separate track can add placement flexibility when mixing. l The ability to pick up a large group of musicians. ) When distant miking a group of players, usually for classical music, the tonal balance captured can be better than recording with separate close microphones. The players can mix themselves better than the engineer. l Less dynamics, often associated with, for example, vocals. With close miking, a compressor is almost a necessity, unless the singer is really good and knows how to control the dynamics of his voice.
L A movie soundtrack? As movies get cheaper and more accessible, more engineers are getting into recording movie soundtracks. While most modern records are recorded to feature vocals or a certain instrument, movie soundtracks are less focused on the individual player and more on creating a feel that complements the movie. There is no strict standard, and you would record what each scene requires: a large group of players or an individual musician. l A power rock band? They might sound better in a larger live space.
Acoustical Measurements by Leo L. Beranek