Ever wonder what the best way to set up microphones during an impromptu jam session?
“Every engineer finds himself in this situation from time to time. You’ve got a small local acoustic band visiting your morning drive talk show, and during the interview they want to perform one of their songs live on the air,” Scott Johnson writes in a WheatNews article entitled “Stereo Miking Technique You Should Know.”
“You don’t have the time or gear to mic up every voice and instrument separately, so ideally what you want is a nice, live-sounding stereo pickup of the group as a whole. But you also want to make sure it’s mono-compatible; even in the 21st century, there are still radios out there with one speaker, and a hollow-sounding mono signal just won’t do.”
“There is a very wide array of techniques for miking a sound source in stereo. But only one is truly suitable for our needs, for an equally wide array of reasons.”