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  • Simple or Multi-Miked Recordings

    Which type do you prefer?
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    simple, but I've heard good multi miked too on rare occasions.
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    • #3
      Simple...nearly always. I also tend to listen to simple music (in terms of # of instruments)
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      • #4
        Great question. Multi nearly always , the why is easy . I like close mic recordings , so close Thst music played live in front is not what I like anymore . I know it's not real Per say but it's what I have come to like
        analog stuff.
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        • #5
          Classical, always simple. Anything with vocals save choral work, multi. Everything else, I lean towards multi.

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          • #6
            I'll leave that to the artists and engineers to decide. As long as it sounds good.
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            • #7
              Of course you could always find both versions of the old Bach-Malloch Town Hall release of "The Art of Fuguing" where they recorded both a single stereo microphone and a well done multi-mic version simultaneously and released them both. You can compare the differences easily. I only have the stereo mic version.Click image for larger version

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              Steve Lefkowicz
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              • Bill Hart
                Bill Hart commented
                Editing a comment
                I was going to mention that. As I go through my stacks, you'd figure I'd have one of each but, somehow, they seem to be spawning- I can't remember whether multi or stereo is winning, but I seem to have quite a few and I doubt I have listened to any of them in years....

            • #8
              Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
              Which type do you prefer?
              What's your definition of multi mic'd more than 1, 3, 4, 6? I have many pared down and awesome sounding direct-to-disc and 2-track recordings that used 3, 4 and more mics. If you would've asked 2-track vs mult-tack I would say hands down 2-track recordings.
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              • #9
                Originally posted by Johnny Vinyl View Post
                I'll leave that to the artists and engineers to decide. As long as it sounds good.
                I'm with Johnny. I like miking that picks up hall ambience and puts the players into that hall. Close miking used to be fun for its immediacy, but now I find that too dry many times.
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                • #10
                  When I listen to music mic Ed from a distance it's not appealing as I feel there is notes and details I do not hear
                  analog stuff.
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                  otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                  sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                  new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                  thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                  thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                  kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                  phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                  speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                  mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                  digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                  Dacs lampi various

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                  • #11
                    With jazz recordings, less always seems to be more. Go back and listen to the great jazz recordings from the late 1950s. Rock recordings as rock evolved help drive multi-track machines to 16 track, 24 track, and 48 track machines. It's a miracle that Sgt. Pepper was recorded on a 4 track deck and it sounds as good as it does.
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