My most recent microphone purchase was a pair of Sontronics STC-1 small condenser microphones, primarily as an upgrade for some less expensive microphones I already owned. I did my homework before buying, and ultimately decided on the STC-1 over other brands based on the technical data, although the lifetime warranty was a nice touch too. Now, […]Read more "Sontronics customer care"
I’m becoming interested in surround-sound (5.1) recording. For me, this doesn’t mean upmixing a multi-track recording and encoding as 5.1, but capturing the real ambiance of the environment in true 5.1. There are several methods of using multiple microphones in array to record in surround, and they are discussed in reasonable detail at DPA’s Mic University. […]Read more "5.1 recording with a Williams star array"
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 condensers […]Read more "Behringer B-5 vs Sontronics STC-1"
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 other […]Read more "Behringer microphones"
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 even […]Read more "Multi-microphone test"
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 recording […]Read more "Recording in 5.1 surround"
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 everything […]Read more "Phonic Helix Board 24 Firewire vs M-Audio M-Track"