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OneMic recordings, hear what the band heard in the studio!

ChrisG

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I found the vocal reverb detracted from the one-mic listening experience. If nothing else, IMO it should have been a subtle addition.
 

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One mic, or coincident techniques, can be magical. Recall the Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Sessions" which was recorded in a church in downtown Toronto. The band was arranged around a single Calrec Soundfield microphone.

 

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I found the vocal reverb detracted from the one-mic listening experience. If nothing else, IMO it should have been a subtle addition.

Is it a particular one-mic recording you are referring to?

I’m sure the amount of reverb Cuniberti applies to the vocals will differ from recording to recording, and some of them will likely not have any reverb at all depending on the style of the songs.
 

ChrisG

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Ah yes, sorry.
2nd video in the first post. The rest of the instruments are in a natural acoustic space from the instruments+room capture that you get with these mic techniques. The voice has a load of extra reverb pasted on top, putting it in a totally different "space" to the rest.


I like the approach of minimalist micing*, and typically have a similar approach with my own work (when possible/appropriate/etc), and I found the vocal reverb on that video quite jarring. I can imagine there might have been someone else in the studio, asking for more more more FX to get a "modern" sound, but IMO it didn't fit that production.


* For example, a couple of live shows I've done recently involved a singer with a guitar, and another with a bazouki. I used a single Austrian Audio OC818 on a stand at around chest height, played with the polar pattern to minimise feedback from the PA, and added a touch of reverb. NB - since the mic was capturing voice + instrument, any effects applied would apply to both sources equally, so the impression is of a matching acoustic space.
 

ChrisG

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2x fig-8 plus 1x omni does open up lots of opportunities. They could be summed to XY in any polar pattern, as well as M/S stuff (NB - M/S and XY end up being equivalent, but switching to M/S processing can be useful on occasion).
FWIW, though, 3x capsules doesn't necessarily mean a recording will be "better", it just keeps some options open.

An approach with similar results would be a Schoeps M/S setup, with a selection of different capsules for the M mic.

Chris
 
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