Good morning from Prague,

today, I'm recording some stereo ambiences for a short film. Shame on me, but I used M-S mic just once so far for a school exercise. (We had to create some layered ambiences and in the end, it went the lo-fi way because I used even my poor pal H4N when M-S mic wasn't available...)

Our humble sound department is kind of limited so I'm forced to chose between these M-S mics: MKH418S or Sony ECM MS-5 or X/Y Rode NT4

I would chose MKH but: is it really a good choice recording ambiences with M-S? Also: would 2 MS mics set in opposite directions help me in later 5.1 mix? What is your regular approach? And what would it be in this situation? There's a possibility to get a pair of Beyerdynamic MC 930. Should I try it if available or is it just a silly idea?

Thanks and have a nice day, Martin

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I recommend you read these two articles for more insight on M/S recording, which, by the way, I absolutely recommend you do:

http://designingsound.org/2013/10/charles-maynes-on-mid-side-recording/ http://designingsound.org/2014/02/la-underground-an-interview-with-charles-maynes/

And as as addendum, I would say that, so long as you have extra channels or recorders, you should record with as many different mics and/or handheld recorders as you can get your hands on. Sure, recording with a Neumann 191 to a Sound Devices 744 may be the bee's knees, but you may get a more suitable recording from that cheapo Zoom H2 you've got in your backpack, based on the footage that was shot or the story you're trying to convey with sound. If you've got a 6-channel recorder, then shoot with 3 different mics and make choices later.

  • Thank you very much for your advice and recommendations. I've just finished reading these articles and it was very inspiring and refreshing. This morning, I used just MKH 418S and I was very disappointed. Very noisy and kind of dull sounding. I didn't have an opportunity to record into Sound Devices, just Edirol R4. Should have try to use 2 MS mics though
    – daremes
    Mar 26, 2014 at 16:19

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