Behringer B-5 vs Sontronics STC-1

I’ve been using small-diaphragm condensers for a while now and decided it was time to step up to something a bit less entry-level. Don’t get me wrong, my Behringer B-5s are great but they have their limitations. I hope these notes will be useful to someone else who is looking to step up from entry-level condensersContinue reading “Behringer B-5 vs Sontronics STC-1”

Behringer microphones

Behringer make a range of budget microphones which are popular with home musicians and offer good value for money. Unfortunately their naming scheme is not that clear and it can be hard to know what you’re buying, and how the products relate to each other. This article is not supposed to compare Behringer microphones with otherContinue reading “Behringer microphones”

Multi-microphone test

There’s a bewildering choice of microphone types available and it can be hard to know which type of microphone to choose, let alone which make and model within that type. I grabbed one of each of my microphones and performed a simultaneous microphone test on various test sounds. Maybe this unscientific video test will evenContinue reading “Multi-microphone test”

Recording in 5.1 surround

This article is specifically about capturing classical or other acoustic music with multiple microphones in a format that is suitable for playback on a 5.1 surround speaker system. 5.1 surround is desirable with classical music in particular to give the listener a sense of being in the midst of the music. If I can get 5.1 recordingContinue reading “Recording in 5.1 surround”

Phonic Helix Board 24 Firewire vs M-Audio M-Track

Since about 2008 I’ve been using a Phonic Helix Board 24 Firewire mixer as a digital audio interface for multi-track recording, but also for digitising various analogue sources such as vinyl records, cassettes and the sound from Super 8 movies. It’s a fully-featured mixing desk and it does an excellent job of pretty much everythingContinue reading “Phonic Helix Board 24 Firewire vs M-Audio M-Track”

Side by side comparison of choral recording techniques – XY vs AB

Recording a choir and organ in a church is one of the hardest things a recording engineer can do. There are loads of guides on the internet that explain how to use which type of microphone to use and where to put it, but most of these guides fail to give clear advice on recordingContinue reading “Side by side comparison of choral recording techniques – XY vs AB”

Behringer C-2 vs C-4

I’ve been using a pair of Behringer C-2 small diaphragm condenser microphones for several years now, and I’ve been extremely impressed. This week I had cause to buy another pair – but I noticed that since I bought my C-2 microphones, Behringer have introduced the C-4. So what’s the difference? The blurb on Behringer’s websiteContinue reading “Behringer C-2 vs C-4”

Archdeacon’s Visitation

Tonight at St Mary’s, the (acting) Archdeacon of Bristol visited. The church band (who usually play at Taste) were on good form and so I made these recordings. Click the links to listen, or right-click to save them. Enjoy! Be still for the presence of the Lord Holy holy holy is the Lord Credits AnjaContinue reading “Archdeacon’s Visitation”

ORTF microphone technique

For several years I’ve been making recordings of church choirs, usually accompanied by an organ. I’ve been using a pair of Behringer C-2 small diaphragm cardioid condenser microphones, and until now I’ve been reasonably pleased with my technique – and then I tried the ORTF technique. X-Y technique In the past, I’ve always used theContinue reading “ORTF microphone technique”