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Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:44 pm
Super! I’ll get right over there.
Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:50 pm
ConcertinaChap wrote:With my normal example of the circle of shanty singers standing round the mic I'm thinking I'd use the Blumlein to give the basic stereo image of all the singers and and focus in on whoever's leading the shanty at the time using the cardioid.
Really glad to hear you've taken the plunge into the Ambisonics rabbit hole, I'm sure it will bring you a huge amount of fun and satisfaction!
Theoretically at least Blumlein isn't recommended for recording from the centre of a circle because in a Blumlein array you have a 90 degree acceptance angle at the front and back, and 90 degree wedges either side where weird phasey stuff goes on. If you want 360-degree coverage then back-to-back cardioids might be a better starting point.
Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:05 am
We recorded a CD using the original Calrec. We set up in a circle around the mic and played all tracks live. The thing was that one of our players always played louder than the rest of us. Twist of a knob and a wonderful balance was achieved.
I’m looking forward to CC’s experiences with this new mic.
Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 8:00 am
Thanks, Sam. I was already seeing some uncomfortable drawbacks with that. You've explained why.
MFG: that's precisely the sort of control I'm looking for :)
March 24th is when I'm doing my first serious work with it when I record the Bath City Waits. I'm hoping that placing the mic in the centre of them is going to feel a lot more natural for them than the usual close miking.
Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:29 pm
Perhaps your adventures would make a fascinating multi-part article here?
The good, the bad, the awesome. :thumbup:
Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:57 pm
Well certainly when I have more to say I'll say it here.
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:28 pm
Well I now have something to show for my adventures. I recorded the Bath City Jubilee Waits last Sunday and here is one of the tunes:-https://soundcloud.com/mr-punchs-studio ... f-the-west
It's called Lantern of the West and was composed and arranged by my wife Anne Gregson. The NT-SF1 proved a major boon during the recording in that the musicians sat in a semi-circle around the mic, meaning I avoided the mess of having to close mic seven musicians while they had somewhere to put their music stands, plus of course the NT-SF1 isn't anything like as intimidating to amateur musicians. Of course you don't get something entirely for nothing and so there was a significant period of time during mixdown setting up the virtual equivalents of those seven cardioid mics. The mixer looked like this:
There's a quite a lot of spill in the virtual mics (though there would be a fair bit with real mics) so I arranged them in the stereo field more-or-less as they were in reality, though the mic did give me some flexibility in placement and similarly in recording levels that I would not have had with a conventional stereo mic. That's the way I've come to look at it, as a sort of "super-stereo" mic, with the advantages of a stereo mic plus to a useful degree some of the advantages of close miking.
There is the odd minor fluff from the musicians you can hear but nothing significant and the Waits seem pretty pleased with what's coming out of it. I'm chuffed with the mic; it seems to be delivering on its promise.
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:34 pm
I really liked that and it sounded very well recorded. A worthwhile investment. :clap: :thumbup:
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:23 pm
That sounds really well!
Well done, mate! :thumbup:
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:46 pm
Very nice indeed :thumbup:
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:51 pm
Have you tried an ambisonic headphone mix yet?
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:20 pm
Not yet. To do binaural, which is definitely something I want to experiment with, you need another plugin and at present time they all cost money, some lots of money. Hey ho. One day.
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:35 pm
Gets the thumbs up from me. Feels like you're sat in the middle of the musicians. :)
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:11 pm
That's lovely! I like the piece, also. Is it based on a folk melody?
Posted: Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:51 pm
As I say, it was composed and arranged by my wife Anne. English traditional music is a strong influence on her music and it's likely that which you can hear. The title "Lantern of the West" is a reference to Bath Abbey and we had the pleasure of playing the tune in the Abbey during the Mayor Making ceremony last year.