I'm not (yet) a sound design enthusiast, but I would like to acquire some basic knowledge about audio recording. I'm most interested in recording classical orchestra and choir performances.
I'm currently reading many different sites and posts about microphones, recording devices and so on, but i'm missing the basics. I looked for articles about the basics on the Internet and in Stack Exchange, but I mainly found things like "the best sound recording starter kit" or "which should be my first microphone". Of course I'll need to buy a "starter kit", but I would also like to know why I buy one microphone and not another one.
I would like to ask two different things, which I believe will be useful also to other people in my situation.
- What are the most basic things I need to know to record a choir/small orchestra in a good quality (although not professional)? (this is a too generic question, I know... but any kind of answer would be fantastic, so I wrote it)
- Where can I find a list of the most important words/concepts about this kind of audio recording? (e.g.: in the last post I read I didn't understand "pick-up pattern" or "panning": this kind of words and expressions aren't on dictionaries, and it's even more difficult to understand their meaning as I only have a quite low level of English)