ConcertinaChap wrote:Anywhere you've got a group of musicians or singers and for whatever reason you don't want to go the close miking route then an ambisonic mic is an alternative worth considering. The end product, as this shows, can be quite effective.
Quite so. And particularly useful when you want to arrange the the performers in a circle and still be able to adjust the balance and stereo fold-down, at least to some extent.
I only raised the point because I didn't want casual readers to run away with the idea that the SoundField software's ability to generate individual virtual mic outputs with controllable polar-patterns (and stereo panning) was in any way equivalent to using real, physical individual close mics. They remain different things with different attributes.
Nevertheless, I'm glad you've become a SoundField convert. It is an ingenious concept, much overlooked and underrated in the past, and has many creative possibilities when used intelligently, as you have in your example above.