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It's not the ear can can differentiate a voice from background, it's the brain. It can use the minute differences in timing that a sound arrives at each ear (known as the Haas or Precedence Effect) to precisely place a sound source in space, & we are so attuned to picking out conversation that a human voice is easily differentiated & understood. ...


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Let me start by addressing the lack of microphones that can do this. There isn't one. We have specialized highly directional microphones that can pick up very specific points at fairly long distances, however they require being very carefully aimed. The area that a microphone picks up sound from is called the pickup pattern. Most consumer mics (and many ...


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Honestly, I just use whatever I have - even if all I have is mono. Never let the equipment get in the way of a good roomtone (or for that matter, ambience). I certainly agree with @Guido that high quality gear is best suited for roomtone to obtain the most robust S/N, but beyond that, I'm pretty loose about this type of recording. Roomtone is one of those ...


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Shotguns help, but they do not 100% isolate anything. The main way to "isolate" a sound in the field is with distance. You want to get as far away from undesired noises and as close to desired noises as possible. The difference with a shotgun is that when you aim it correctly, it gives you more flexibility on the distance, but it doesn't completely isolate ...


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The cardioid pattern is a 3D pattern and is taken along the front direction of the mic. This video explains the concept pretty well - The internal structure of the microphone shows that the condenser surface is pointed in a specific direction.


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It's not entirely clear what setup you're talking about, but I'll discuss both options. The mics are basically at the same spot, just offset a bit to aim in directly opposite directions.This is essentially an XY pattern, with an extremely wide angle. The setup will thus work a lot like XY: quite reliable phase for mono compatibility, stereo field only from ...


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The SM57 in the bridge can work. A good quality capsule condenser (like a LAV) clipped to the bridge can also work well. Sure, it isn't ideal, but I haven't seen anything better for loud live environments.


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Before you make all of these decisions about the signal chain, think about what made 50s-60s rocknroll and pop music sound the way it did—it's so much more than just the mics and preamps. Do some reading about the sessions themselves, the equipment available, and the limitations that studios and bands faced in terms of gear and time. The musical groups ...


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This is a very music recording orientated question, so you might fare better asking on Gearslutz. I'll offer my thoughts anyway. Your equipment set up sounds excellent, BUT I think you'll find it very hard work to get a 50s/60s sound with such modern mics, mic technique (you mention M/S), mic pres, and instruments and amps. Your whole production seems ...


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Take omnidirectional microphones! In contrast do cardioids, omnidirectional microphones captures much more low end. This gives you the andvantage that your room tones will also have something in the lows instead of cardiodid records. Cardioid microphones cut's bass frequencies which is good for voice and music. For rooms, it makes it thin. In post ...


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He was most likely worried about phasing issues, as I'm assuming you weren't doing a stereo split for a dual mic piano setup. Basically, when you have them in the center pointed out, one mic primarily picks up the lower registers and the other primarily picks up the higher registers so you don't have to worry much about phase when they are combined. If ...


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First thing that crosses my mind - did you check if your phantom power is on? Second - did you try another cable? Third - check if input was mistakenly set to line input instead of mic


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If it sounds good, do it. But listen back in mono to check there aren't any phase issues.


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Yes, regretfully the sound will suffer tremendously from this, which only makes it usable for telephoning and such. There are, however, as far as I know variants of this technique. Schoeps has a digital version of the CMIT-mic that allegedly can do just this, but for a single sound-source. I haven't tried it out myself, so I can't really say how well it ...


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You could use: a digital mix console, such as: Alesis MultiMix 8/16 USB, a big audio interface, such as: Presonus AudioBox 1818VSL USB, Tascam US-16x8, Focusrite Scarlett 18i8


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I haven't tested the Beyerdynamic mic (and still haven't run into anyone using Beyerdynamic mics here in Norway), but the P170 sounds okay for most applications I've used it for (mostly as overheads for various instruments) As Dalv writes, using multiple mics in multiple locations are the best option. You should also attempt to get some distance from the ...


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You will need a wireless lav mic. Two manufacturers of such systems at entry level prices (as wireless can be very expensive) are Sennheiser and Shure (there are other manufacturers, of course). Now, one issue is to find the way to hide the mic under your Mark Twain clothes. You might need some training, find appropriate accessories (like gaffer tape or ...


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First of all reverb in an empty room is very long , this changes when some stuff gets it. What u'll need is a standing library with books , a cozy soft couch and some shelves here & there with stuff to help scatter the sound. This is give or take what any office already has and helps a lot. But for any type of recording you should spend those 100$ to ...


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As it will not be seen, you have the freedom to attach it to the actor's head or face, rather than any clothing/costume. You could use a boom version, over the ear & just to the side of the mouth, for greatest SNR. Otherwise, down through the hair & attach to the forehead, similar to a standard hairline install, but tweaked even closer because of ...


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This pretty much comes down to microphone polar patterns, you can read more about it here: Polar Patterns. Also, condenser microphones are more sensitive than dynamic microphones. You can read more about it here: Dynamic vs Condenser. Your lavalier microphone is likely a condenser. A dynamic microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern in a configuration ...


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I think you could get great quality with your zoom device, and it will all come down to the room. So I think the living room is probably out of the question, but you can try it. To get a professional sound, you want to sound like a radio broadcast, and they do not have any room reverberation. I suggest you record in a dead space with no reverberation. But ...


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Shotgun microphones, by definition, are very narrow directional microphones. Placing them on the side will give you a hard time because of that. Microphones should be placed in front of you, since I assume you are talking toward the TV, and aimed at your heads. Panning each microphone hard left and right should give you a good separation from each other. ...


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OK so the quickest way to achieve a result in this room will be to buy an inexpensive deep pile rug and put it on the floor over the wood. Your most immediate source of first reflections will be the floor. Basically room treatment requires the following: diffusion of early reflections using irregular surfaces absorption of unwanted frequencies using ...


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I would buy another MXL V67G so you can have a balanced stereo recording of the guitar (one mic pointing to the bridge and the other one somewhere between the soundhole and the 12th fret). That mic should be well suited for vocals too. The interesting setup would be when you want to record the guitar and sing at the same time, in which I would use an XY ...


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As aeroNotAuto mentions in his comment more information on how you are planning on experimenting (mic placement, recording techniques & equipment, etc) would be helpful. Mic choice boils down to how a mic sounds to you in the situation you place it. So your choice for your second mic would work fine since there's really no "wrong" answer. That being ...


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Using a reflexion filter would cut down on the ambient noise quite a significant amount. The shield acts as a somewhat portable booth due to the foam that reflects/absorbs the sound, giving the quality of recording a more natural sound. Another possibility to try and cut down on ambient noise is to insert a noise gate on the same channel as your microphone ...


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Have you tried putting a little space between you and the door and aiming your mics more towards the middle of the door rather than the latch?


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