In search for a more spatial and natural sounding recording, I thought perhaps I would add a second microphone to my existing setup (1 Rode NT1-A attached to a Marantz PMD-661 recorder) which records marvelously but only in Mono with 1 mic. I mainly want to record my voice and add spatial/room natural 3D stereo space effect.

What do you recommend?

A) Buy another identical Rode NT1-A

B) Buy a different second mic (e.g. a Rode NT-1000) to add a different clarity on right ear than left ear which might enhance the spatial stereo effect.

C) Something else...

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When ever I've done stereo micing before I've used 2 identical mics. However there is a technique which uses 2 different mics called Middle Side, which then needs to be decoded either through hardware or software to give normal Left-Right signals. It's something I've often thought interesting but never had the opportunity to play with.

  • +1 @Phil thanks for this new insight. I had never heard of Middle Side technique. A video on your link shows the results: recording-microphones.co.uk/Mid%20Side%20FLV/Mid%20Side2.html However, I dont own a figure 8 mic which seems necessary here... I am guessing the NT1000 and Nt1-A will perform very similarly...
    – Sam
    Jun 4, 2011 at 10:32
  • I'm afraid I can't advise you about the Rode mics as I've never used either of them. Maybe if you want to experiment it might be worth hiring a mic for a day and seeing how you get on with it, and if it is the effect that you want.
    – Phil
    Jun 4, 2011 at 12:51

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