Choir Recording, Microphone Selection

When recording choir, I try to capture as close as possible the original performance and the ambience created by the real hall environment. The best way to do that is with omni-directional microphones. I have gotten very good results with large diaphragm condenser microphones, the ‘Area 51’ ADK A-51.
Depending on the size of the choir, I will use 3 or 4 microphones, placed on boom stands and as close to the choir as possible. I carry a Behringer 802 mixer with 4 phantom powering microphone inputs which I use to create a subtle stereo image mix, using Sony MDR-7506 Studio Monitor headphones. Then I send this mix, unprocessed, to either my portable PC or to notebook computer. This captured audio will later be re-defined in SoundForge, using a variety of compression and EQ plugins and final mastered with Wave’s L-2 UltraMaximizer before commiting to compact disc.

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