We introduce a little‑known mic configuration that has some unique advantages over more familiar stereo arrays.
Cardioid mics are tremendously popular amongst recording musicians, but can also work against you. In this episode, Mike Senior explains some of the reasons why, and illustrates how omni and figure‑eight patterns can often give more useful results.
Take a listen to these audio examples created when recording a piano and drum kit in a modest live room, at the same time.
M‑S miking is easy to set up, offers plenty of options at mixdown, and has some unique advantages over other stereo arrays. So if you've not yet tried it, why not give it a go?
How do you record a piano and drum kit in a modest live room, at the same time? Our engineer explains his approach...
These audio examples accompany our Upright Piano miking workshop from SOS December 2019.
With a little TLC and the right miking technique, even the most neglected piano can produce great recordings.
Our engineer records a rock trio while trying also to offer sufficient options to create a drum sample library!
Top FOH engineers tell us which stage vocal mics they recommend — and why!
M-S miking is already a versatile technique, but it can be built upon to provide surround-sound recording and a whole lot more besides!
Recording the Winchester College Quiristers with a view to bringing their plainsong performances to a wider audience presented a unique challenge!
Part six-string, part speaker cabinet, resonator guitars are like no other instruments. Here’s how to capture their distinctive sound.
Zwiepack: Our engineer captured one jazz session using two completely different recording techniques. Which one won the day?
What are the pros and cons of the different types of microphone, and when would you want to use them?
Steven James Adams: Our engineer shows that there’s nothing wrong with living-room recordings if you approach them in the right way.
Electric guitars are one of the cornerstones of modern music, but miking them up can prove tricky. We round up some top tips from professional engineers.
We visit a reader's studio in a converted garage to improve the acoustics, and to advise on mic selection and recording techniques for electric and acoustic guitar.
No two human voices are the same, and no mic will be the perfect fit for every voice — so just how do you go about finding the best match for a vocalist?
Hear for yourself how each mic sounded on the different vocalists.
Just how do you mike up and multitrack a large ensemble in a less-than-ideal recording space, and then produce an effective mix of the resulting recording?
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