Re: this talk about stereo

Nate -

The macro situation is that you will find (my favorite saying) that "it
ain't a recording until it gets played back." What I mean by this is it is
hard to tell what the final result will sound like until you try something
and hear it played back on a few systems. You may be monitoring on
headphones, love it, and then play it on speakers and not like it so much.

IMHO, what you want is a pair of instruments playing at a normal position
scheme in the playback room in front of you, not at the channel extremes
like an early Beatles record, but somewhat between the speakers and with
some separation. Beyond that, you want some natural reverb going to the
front and side walls as a natural sounding acoustical bed behind them. Hope
no disagreement so far.

Easiest and best way to record this ambient bed would be any technique that
relies on good origianl sound, i.e. make the recording in a good acoustical
space. Record both the musicians and the ambience with any of the accepted
techniques such as Blumlein, spaced omni, M/S, ORT-F so that the angle of
coverage "takes in" both the direct sound and the early and a little of the
late reflected sound around them.

This may be enough, but if you want to spot them as well, maybe to balance
them closer to how they sounded to you live, then fine, but don't mix that
in full steam and monitor it on speakers when you make the final decisions.

OK, all of that from an "amateur" recordist so far, but an avid audio
theorist. Interested to hear what the group has to add or change about that.

Gary Eickmeier


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