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Recording a choir

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by BulkHead, May 10, 2006.

  1. BulkHead


    Oct 14, 2005
    Manassas VA
    I need some ideas here.

    I got a rock band covered in my studio, but landed a church gig for recording the choir.
    Medium size hall, stage, 8 inputs at my disposal.
    The hardware is not an issue, I am looking for suggestions on mic placement.
    I am familiar with the decca tree, never practiced it.
    Any suggestions?
    Mics available:
    2 AKG C1000
    1 Rhode NT1
    1 Studio Projects C3
    4 Shure SM57
    6 Shure SM58
  2. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
  3. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Perhaps try a binaural mic right in the center of the church or hall or a pair of mikes at 30 degrees off axis. The further back you place the mic, the more room ambience you will hear. If their performance is good, you'll get a good recording with lots of natural reverb. If you have a soloist, you'll probably need to close mike them to get some control of the mix. That may not work well if you have a live audience for obvious reasons. Another thing to try would be hanging two condensors from the ceiling 15 ft apart over the stage or choir stand. I've seen that done.

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