I have a little experience in home recording: both electronic and acoustic instruments and have a range of microphones and recording devices.
At the moment I'm interested in having three recording setups to record Organ on location (mainly just to record practice and personal performance but at the best quality). I think I should stick to a stereo pair at the moment.
I see three scenarios:
- very portable - pocketable
- portable, assume microphone stands available
- anything goes, mains power
By portable I mean that I can carry everything in a holdall.
For the first option I have an M-Audio Microtrack II (I had to solder in a new battery a few months ago to keep it running). This is OK to record practice with but I get a very strange effect with loud registrations and the T-mic -- see here. I don't know if this is some strange overloading and would welcome comments.
For option 2 I have a Sound Devices 702 and intend to use Rode NT5 (omni capsules) with a Jecklin disk. I have tried this to record an electronic organ using a table stand on a stout table and the results are very promising. (I also have normal capsules and Sennheiser e664 pair but I don't think those are so appropriate). I will continue experimenting with this.
If I wanted to go beyond a microphone pair (say to add choir) then I have a Yamaha AW2816 but the inputs are noisy and I would prefer to keep using the 702- I don't know which 4-5 input mixer would match the 702. Again battery power is a bonus.
Anyway I would welcome comments from those with real experience in this area. (I don't see me getting into tall microphone stands, and in any case to hear the sound in the "wrong" place seems strange to me.)