Some advice appreciated on a mic selection and/or method. I’m creating a sound installation involving ‘bodily’ sounds from an indoor climbing wall. I need to capture detailed and focused sounds of hand and feet interacting with the wall while isolating environmental sounds of a similar nature. A mic could be boom operated 1-1.5m from the climber safely but it would be facing the wall. Hands and feet would regularly be 2-3m. Using a single mic to pick up both would increase the possibility of environmental sound than say 2 mics one focused on hand other on feet. Furthermore, the sounds of a single climb has to be captured in its entirety. I can’t cut and paste or sample from other climbs. Further more the recording would be in a space 4m x 7m one side open so reflection is an issue.
I’m wondering whether a decent quality contact mic would be one option in combination with
A) hypercardioid mic to help with isolation but not sure I would be able to capture both hands and feet together. So 2 mics? B) single mic with a wider pattern C) more focussed mic (shotgun from further way) but worried about reflection issues.
I have a pair of akg 451e I use for studio recording which I could use to test boom setup up but sure it’s not the ideal mic.
Can’t really test out rather trying to crowd speculate in advance. I’m really used to recording in studios.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.