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ORTF with onmi mics!
Old 4th May 2016
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ORTF with onmi mics!

Hi all,

i'm a professional sound engineer for classical music, and a few days back, recorded an orchestra in a way I never did. I used an ORTF setting, but with omnidirectional mics (2x Josephson C617). Normally ORTF is used with cardiod mics. I wondered if any of you ever did a similar thing? It sounded great!! Here is a little excerpt from the recording:

Let me know your thoughts!

Old 4th May 2016
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rumleymusic's Avatar
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What you are really getting is a closely spaced ab pair with perhaps a touch more separation in the high frequencies. Which can sound good if done right. You are getting a nice sound with a very narrow sound field as if recorded at a distance. I suppose that found be useful for some types of ensembles or instruments. Though for orchestra a bit more separation would be my preference.

It is not something I would really think of trying. The narrowest I have used ab spacing is about 30cm
Old 7th May 2016
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ORTF uses cardioids by definition. Your recording is just as rumleymusic said. You can get a little better separation by placing an absorptive material between the mics, like a variation on the Jecklin Disk.

I don't get to do classical much, but I usually use ORTF above and behind the conductor or a spaced pair of omnis. I tried XY but it didn't work very well. I've been forced to multi-mic a few times but don't like it.
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