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Josh Evans
Recording a live performance
on Sep 30, 2008 at 7:13:33 am

Can anyone please tell me what kind of mics I should be renting to record a live performance on a stage i.e. Romeo and Juliette performed on a live stage. The cameras will be too far away to pick up good sound with shotgun.


The client mentioned something about hanging mics from the rafters. is this a good idea?

Thanks very much for any help.

J.



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Ty Ford
Re: Recording a live performance
on Oct 1, 2008 at 12:12:47 pm

Hello Josh and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

The best way to do this is with wireless mics on the actors.

Mics hung for the overhead or at the foot lights will get something, but you may not like what you get.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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Josh Evans
Re: Recording a live performance
on Oct 2, 2008 at 7:21:02 am

Thanks very much.

I dont think we can organise that many wireless mics.

Could you please recommend what kind of mics I should attach to the lights?

And how will I record the sound from them if there are, say, 4 mics.?



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Matte Blume
Re: Recording a live performance
on Oct 2, 2008 at 8:56:47 pm

We mic non-musical plays with PZM mics around the periphery of the floor of the stage.

http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/microphones/pzm.html

I much prefer the quality of the wireless "body mcs" on the actors, but when that is not done, the PZM mics work for OK the job.

We use an audio operator to open and close the mics as the actors change location on the stage.

It will be a much more "off-mic" sound than the "body-mic" set-up, but using an experienced
audio operator (in ANY kind of live stage play) will make a huge difference in the quality of the sound you'll pick up from the actors.



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