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General Miking Tips for Classical Music
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Joined: 13/10/2012 19:51:56
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Recorded in stereo, without any spot miked usually.
- Keep in mind that processing/effects of any kind are almost NEVER used. That means no compression, no eq etc..
- Close miking of any kind (including piano) is almost never used. Close miking (even a piano) does not produce the natural sound of an instrument.
- Dynamic contrast and balance in the recording comes from the performer/performers.
- Wrong notes/flubbed phrases are usually edited using a 4-point stereo editing technique.

The main principle is to try to recreate a natural performance as though you are right in the audience at a concert hall.

There are quite a few different stereo recording techniques used in the recording of Art Music, and most engineers seem to agree that less mics are better than many mics.

Here is an article that outlines in a brief manner some of the techniques used:

Here is a link to a company that shares a little bit of information about their particular approach to recording:

An interview with a classical recording engineer can be found here:

I posted this interview video of the well known classical recording engineer (in the interview above) in another forum post, but I feel it is of importance enough to post again:

Here is a website that seems to be associated with Mr. Faulkner:

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I generally use three mics for this sort of thing. Two small diaphragm condensers for L&R and large diaphragm set to an omni pattern for center and room ambience.

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