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ON SAFARI WITH DAVE

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I made these two recordings using a Marantz PMD 671 flash card recorder and a pair of MOJAVE AUDIO MA 201 fet microphones.which were fed through the recorder's microphone inputs. "The microphones were set up as an ORTF pair, as can be seen in the photos." "I was beta testing production prototypes and I wanted to see how well they would work under "real world" conditions."

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This recording also made using a Marantz PMD 671 flash card recorder and a pair of MOJAVE AUDIO MA 201 fet microphones, fed through the recorder's microphone inputs. The microphones were set up as an ORTF pair, as can be seen in the photos.

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TRAINS

Here, I used a very widely spaced pair of MOJAVE AUDIO MA 100 microphones
with omni capsules, along with a tube type microphone preamp of my own design. These fed the Marantz flash card recorder. The preamplifier contained a battery pack to provide the heater and high voltage supplies for BOTH the preamp and the pair of microphones.

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SOLO PIANO -- Liam Viney

This is one of several radio broadcast transcriptions done at KPFK in Los Angeles, 2008-2009.
The microphones were a pair of MOJAVE AUDIO MA 201fet's, in a fairly wide pair, using the mic pres built in the station's Wheatstone console.

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LYRIS QUARTET

I recorded this using my tube preamplifier and a modified pair of MA 200 microphones, in a spaced pair.
The microphones had omnidirectional capsules rather than the usual cardioids,
As an experiment, I had removed the output transformers from the microphones and substituted much larger ones in boxes inserted in the cables, yielding satisfactory results. The recorder was a Philips CDR 760 CD recorder.

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ORCHESTRA OTMA, Fez

This was recorded using my tube preamp and the Philips CDR recorder,
along with a prototype MOJAVE 202ST stereo microphone.
The two capsules were angled at 90 degrees and the patterns were set to hypercardioid.

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SISTER BLISS

This was another broadcast transcription, done with a pair of MOJAVE AUDIO MA-201fet microphones, arranged as a spaced pair, through the Wheatstone broadcast console.

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Sacred Gongs

This was done with my tube preamp feeding the Philips CDR recorder.
The microphones were a pair of "Royer mod" MXL microphones arranged as
an ORTF pair.

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NAMAAD ENSEMBLE

This is another broadcast transcription from KPFK.

The microphone was a prototype MOJAVE AUDIO MA 202ST stereo microphone, with the two capsules set to figure eight and crossed at 90 degrees.
Incidentally, I recorded THREE tracks, with the third track being fed from a MOJAVE AUDIO MA100 with an omni capsule, which was placed as close as possible to the stereo microphone. This was done to permit doing a surroundmix if I was so inclined.

 

In general, I can't give too many hard and fast rules about microphone placement. I almost invariably set up a pair of microphones during a rehearsal and move them around and change the patterns until I am happy with the sound.