Quote Tom Ballinger:
well the second NT2a was to pick up some more room, but i think you may be right about the centred room sound.
Okay -- nothing wrong with a distant pair to allow the option to add 'room', but in a situation like yours it's better if the 'room' you're adding is in stereo, and the mic ideally needs to pick up only the 'room' and not the direct sound -- so it should be placed well beyond the critical distance. I think your 'room' mic might have been a bit too close and, being a single mic, didn't add any stereo space, just altered the centre sound perspective a bit.
I quite like the mechanical noise of it and the breathing, makes it sound real and human.
Absolutely -- quite agree. There's obviously an aesthetic and personal preference balance to be found between hearing so much mechanical noise that it intrudes and distracts, and removing it to the extent that the performance loses life and realism.
I think i was holding back because i do have a habit of piling on the reverb, cant get enough of the stuff!
Very common problem. My usual advice is to dial in the amount of reverb you think is rght, then back it off by at least 5dB! It's also quite difficult to make that judgement call on headphones unless you have a lot of experience.
Im pretty sure this is down to the natural harmonics of the instrument not the room.
Probably not the room, judging by what I heard. Could be the instrument but my guess would be a mic artefact from its presence peak. Next time, before reaching for the EQ, try moving the mic and/or tilting the mic -- you'll find tilting a large diaphragm mic back or forwards a bit tends to take some of the edge off the top end and it may well help. But a flatter mic than the TLM103 might have worked better.
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