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Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Mike Senior » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:46 am

I've been slowly building up a new free educational resource over the last few years, and seeing as it's getting quite developed now, I figured I'd quickly post here to let more people know about it.

What I've done is create multimiked recordings of 20 different instruments to demonstrate the effects of microphone positioning. Unlike most other miking demos you'll find on the web, though, I've deliberately used multiples of the same mic on a single performance, so you can hear placement effects much more clearly.

Here's the link: Library Of Microphone Positions

The comparison files can be auditioned directly in-browser (alongside pictures of the miking setups for reference) at 192kbps MP3 quality, or downloaded as 24-bit/44.1kHz WAV files for more critical listening off-line.

So far the instrument line-up includes:



Many thanks to all the musicians, venues, distributors, and assistant engineers who've helped me put this all together. This is an on-going long-term project of mine, so stay tuned for more new instruments in the coming year. (Just been speaking to a sitarist, which could be cool...)

Hope you find the files useful!
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Matt Houghton » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:49 am

Great work Mike. An extraordinarily useful resource that I'd urge people to check out.

Mods... might I humbly suggest that this is made a sticky, but in the Recording forum?
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby The Elf » Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:31 am

Useful stuff, Mike. Thanks!
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Ariosto » Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:33 am

Hi Mike

A great job!

I've listenened to the grand piano setups - and for a good classical piano sound - and for setup 4 I liked B the best. I also liked A + D and B+C

For setup 5 I liked C the best, and prefered this one over the others. This was the sound of a classical piano recital that I like to hear on a broadcast or CD and what i try to achieve myself. I also note that I prefer omni for piano (and probably for most other instrumental recordings).

I realise that closer mics inside the lid may be best for Jazz and other groups, and even sometimes for piano concertos with full orchestra.

Fantastic work and a great resource. Well done and what dedication!
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby zenguitar » Sat Nov 14, 2015 1:58 pm

Well done Mike.

And yes Matt, that sounds like a good idea. I'll move it to Recording, leave a pointer here, and make it sticky.

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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Tomás Mulcahy » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:04 pm

Brilliant idea Mike, and well executed. Thanks for doing all the work for us! :)
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby jrbcm » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:40 pm

Wow - thanks Mike, this is just really generous of you - super useful!
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Ben Asaro » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:10 pm

I checked these out following your excellent workshops at AES (we had a brief discussion at one point, though I doubt you remember with all the goings ons!). This is a terrific resource.
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby turbodave » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:06 am

Nice job! thanks, Mike
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Rich Hanson » Sun Nov 15, 2015 12:53 pm

Good resource. Except I am now thinking of it as the Kama Sutra for Microphones :bouncy:
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Guy Johnson » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:01 pm

Fab Stuff. Looking forward to hearing the examples when I'm back home.
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby PrimordialPlasma » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:16 pm

Hello-
My 1st view of this Forum and I see: "Library Of Microphone Positions"
Really? The Kamasutra?
Sorry, but having just read the bylaws of the Forum I need to report this thread-
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Rich Hanson » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:47 pm

New microphones have to be made somehow :lol:
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby damoore » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:49 pm

I must admit my first thought was "the SM58 is on the top shelf at the back in the quantum gravity section".

But what a wonderful resource. So far all I have listened to is some of the acoustic guitar recordings, and that through my crappy headset at work. Even with that it is amazing how much difference you can hear between various of the mic positions and distances and equally amazing how little difference there is between others where one might have expected to hear large differences.

A whole hearted bravo.
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Enmore Audio » Wed May 25, 2016 2:13 am

Wow, incredible resource, Mike. Thanks so much!
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Tim Gillett » Wed May 25, 2016 2:33 am

I love it that you change only one factor at a time, not multiples, and that you document that one change carefully.
If just that simple lesson was learned it would revolutionize how we "compare". Thanks Mike.
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Mike Senior » Wed May 25, 2016 3:44 pm

Tim Gillett wrote:I love it that you change only one factor at a time, not multiples, and that you document that one change carefully.
If just that simple lesson was learned it would revolutionize how we "compare". Thanks Mike.

No probs. Hoping to get round to adding some strings and percussion to the library this year too, so stay tuned! :)
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby awjoe » Thu May 26, 2016 12:41 am

Mike Senior wrote:
Tim Gillett wrote:I love it that you change only one factor at a time, not multiples, and that you document that one change carefully.
If just that simple lesson was learned it would revolutionize how we "compare". Thanks Mike.

No probs. Hoping to get round to adding some strings and percussion to the library this year too, so stay tuned! :)

And vocals? I'd be really interested in hearing that.

It's an awesome resource, Mike. I listened to the acoustic guitar positions last night, and after listening to all of them, the conclusion I drew was 'Make sure there's a mic on the twelfth fret, whatever else you do.' I know that's a dumbing-down of the range of options that the mic position recordings demonstrate and are probably meant to facilitate, but it's a reliable starting point for me. Nice.
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby Luke_H » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:21 am

Awesome job Mike!

I'm just a beginner and I'd love to experiment with different ways of recording. This really helps me figure out what works best for me without wasting my time.

Thanks a lot for sharing!
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Re: Library Of Microphone Positions

Postby paul tha other » Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:19 pm

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: !!!....this is awesome......great work!!
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