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bendhoward
stage and auditorium recording techniques
on Oct 4, 2007 at 10:58:13 pm

I'm looking to invest in an audio recording setup for stage performances and other events held in auditorium type spaces. I'm willing to spend around 500 - 700 dollars total for the mics, but I'm really having trouble figuring out which would work best. I'm deciding between boundary mics, a stereo pair of condensers (ORTF?), a shotgun (which would be preferable because of its uses in other recording situations), or a combination of them up to four total (2 camera inputs plus 2 laptop). Another thing that makes the shotgun approach so appealing is that it's much less intrusive in the space to set up when it's further away from the stage.

How can I get the best possible sound quality while minimizing the hassle of setup?


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Ty Ford
Re: stage and auditorium recording techniques
on Oct 9, 2007 at 1:22:44 am

Best? Wireless mics on each person to a spearate track to be mixed later.

But apparently, you are trying to do it on the cheap.

So much depends on the size of the stage and the blocking of the actors that answering your question with a high quality answer is pretty impossible.

A shotgun will not sound very good. Shotguns are designed to be used as close as possible to the person speaking. Depending on the acoustical environment, four feet can be too far.

Regards,

Ty Ford

Ty Ford's "Audio Bootcamp Field Guide" was written for video people who want better audio. More at: http://home.comcast.net/~tyreeford/AudioBootcamp.html
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