Arpangel wrote: MOF wrote:
I’ve got the MKH30/40 combo too, it does seem a shame not to use them in this role, I think I’m going to have to persevere with M&S until I get it right, I think my Tascam DR100 does support it.
You put the mid mic’ on channel 1 and the side mic’ on channel 2. The gain settings are typically identical and this also typically looks like the side channel is lower level.
I don’t think you’ll be able to monitor in stereo with that recorder as you’re listening to an un-decoded M/S recording.
I get M&S completely, on a mixer, I have a mixer with built in M&S decoding, but it’s not portable. Maybe someone can tell me how it works on the DR100? Do I just select M&S and it automatically records a stereo file? It’s not clear in the manual, all a bit confusing.
If you're up for a little DIY, then you can buy (for £31.71) from the lovely people at Sowter
a Type 8392 transformer
which is specifically designed as a fixed ratio MS matrix for headphones. Just add a suitable box, a resistor, a few bits of wire, a couple of connectors and an hour or two with a drill and a soldering iron and you're away.
I have one in my bodgit box and another in my general toolkit - one in a little diecast box a smidge bigger than a credit card and around 20mm thick, which has a 1/4" TRS socket and RCA/phono connectors for inputs and 1/4" and 1/8" TRS for output, the other in a metal tube (an offcut of electrical conduit) with a 30cm flying lead to male 1/4" TRS plug for input and a 1/4" TRS socket for output.
If you want to experiment with varying the L-R width on headphones, you'd need to be able to vary the balance/levels between the the left and right channels of the headphone feed separately but for a quick and simple monitor matrix to headphones of an MS pair it works fine.