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"
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 recording […]Read more "Side by side comparison of choral recording techniques – XY vs AB"
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 website […]Read more "Behringer C-2 vs C-4"
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 Anja […]Read more "Archdeacon’s Visitation"
I enjoy tinkering with professional audio kit – usually for recording more than live work or performance. Largely speaking, I’m an amateur – I don’t normally make any money from audio services (although I do occasionally do work on a paid basis). Having a limited budget to fund my hobby, I can’t always buy the best […]Read more "Behringer haters"
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 the […]Read more "ORTF microphone technique"
I shoot a lot with my vintage cameras. Many date from the 1950s and have probably never been serviced. I’ve no idea how accurate the shutter speeds on them are. For the mostpart, they are probably acceptably accurate, since they seem to produce reasonably well-exposed negatives. Except for my newest lens, a Horseman 65mm f/5.6 […]Read more "Using a microphone to test your shutter speed"