So I wanted to play around with stereo and do some acoustic recording yesterday with Jimmy Hua of Big Monsta we started off with a pair of AEA N8s in Blumlein, Schoeps MK4V and MK8 with CMC6 preamps for MS, and a AEA R88MKII; AEA A440 on Vocals. We ended up liking the R88 the most, and moved the MK4V to the 12th Fret. I also put up a RCA SK46, I was very impressed with what it did, I will have to convince AEA to reissue it!
The Vocal chain was the A440 into a D.W. Fearn VT-2 into a LA2A clone doing a few dB of compression. We were floored by how good the A440 sounded, Jimmy remarked, “This mic is not forgiving, you can not hide behind it.”
The R88MKII was patched into a pair of AEA RPQ500s then hit the D.W. Fearn VT-7 for a bit of compression and evening.
The Schopes MK4V and the RCA SK46 both went straight into RPQ500s,
Everything was captured by a Lynx Aura 16 at 88.2kHz.
My girlfriend invited me to come along to an Irish Trad Session that Michael Kelly puts on monthly in Los Angeles. It was local to AEA in Pasadena so we decided it would be fun to take down some gear and do a remote recording session. I brought along and AEA 88MKII as well as a pair of AEA N22s and Josephson C42s. I ended up using the 88 and C42s as my main mics. As you can see I used an stereo protractor to mount all three microphones. The stand was placed in the center of the performers with the 88 front to the majority of the group and the C42s positioned to capture the lead performers.
I really enjoyed this remote recording session, I want to start doing more of them. What made it really nice was how minimal the setup was and how quickly I was up and recording. I have been playing around with the idea of doing a 8 channel mixer down to a stereo buss and out to an apogee duet for future sessions. Now all I need to do is build everything.
Here is to more remote recording sessions to come!