Mike Stranks wrote:I'm increasingly finding that more and more restrictions are being imposed on me - always in a friendly and polite way - about where mics and stand may be placed. In many cases simply having the mics in view is frowned upon. For all intents and purposes stands have to be invisible.
Yes. It's a hugely frustrating situation, often down to total misunderstandings of H&S requirements from people more interested in protecting their backs than understanding the law, or even applying common sense!
On one occasion in the last year the last-minute demands on mic placement were so extreme that I had to simply pack-up and leave... no point wasting my time and energy attempting to produce a fatally-flawed recording.
Yes, I've had that too. Told I had to set the mics up at the back of the church, so after patiently explaining the nonsense of that request and getting nowhere I packed up and came home.
On a slightly more amusing occasion I was told that "as it was such lovely weather they were going to do the concert outside instead". I did have a stab at that with a pair of spaced MKH20s omnis (being the mics with the lowest susceptibility to wind noise that I had with me), purely as an experiment and not expecting it to work...
...and lo, in the few sections where the inevitably horrendous wind noise wasn't obliterating the choir, the adjacent main road traffic noise was... And when I sent them the file out of courtesy they complained about the quality of my recording!
The only way to overcome the mic-stand phobics is to fly the mics on catenary wires, like what the pros mostly do... but the cost of the appropriate hardware and the H&S requirements involved in that is massively worse, let alone the far greater rig/derig times. And that's assuming the building has appropriate and accessible mounting points anyway... which few do!