I am planning to record two pieces:
- A cell piano duet
- A cello, piano, guitar piece
I have a room available at my university which, I am told by a professional composer, has excellent acoustics for recording. So I have a room selected. I also have recording equipment I may need since my university has a large selection of microphones as well as a digital editing studio connected to the recording room.
List of microphones we have available
- Sennheiser ME66
- Sennheiser ME64
- Sennheiser MKE400
- Sennheiser Wireless ew100
- Shure SM81
- Shure SM58
- Audio-Technica AT4050
- Beyerdynamic M88 Dynamic Mic
- Electro-Voice 635A Dynamic Mic
- Samson T32 Wireless Mic
- Sony MS957
- Realistic Dynamic
- Victor Dynamic Mic
- PZM Microphone
- Shotgun Blimp
Based on a bit of research, I am guessing the ones in bold are the ones I would use for recording.
However, I am unsure where to place the microphones.
One important criteria: I want the instruments to sometimes come into the foreground and sometimes fade into the background and I'm not sure how to do this. Therefore, if I only had one mic picking up all of the instruments, this wouldn't be possible. So clearly to meet this criteria, I will need individual mics to some extent so I can fade out instruments when I want to. If this were synthesizers, I could simply fade them in and out with volume controls.
- Do I need a microphone for each instrument? If so, where do I place the microphones relative to the instrument?
- Do I need a mic that isn't next to the instruments and records all of them at once? or will simply recording the instruments themselves be sufficient.
Also, if you could recommend a book where I can read more about the practicalities / logistics of recording, that would be fantastic.