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One Mic....the Minimalist recording series videos
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One Mic....the Minimalist recording series videos

Fans of single stereo mic recording might enjoy this series of videos, largely made with an AEA R88 Blumlein stereo ribbon mic.

I'm imagining a chalk circle line on the floor around the mic stand...with all the player's toes on it...and the instruction given: "Lean in, when it's your turn to solo" !

Hoping you enjoy the simplicity of the approach....for a good example, try the final link below (San Geronimo and Friends: "Masters of War")


"John Cuniberti’s OneMic series showcases recording artists performing two songs each around one AEA R88 stereo ribbon microphone. What makes this series so different from other live performance videos is that the artist is in complete control of his/her presentation. This means that the sound, balance, dynamics and stereo image is decided upon at the moment of creation, not in post-production. The artist (band) is responsible for the final product.

Also, a high-resolution 4k video is shot with one stabilized handheld camera that hovers around the performers during their live performance. There is no editing of the audio or video except for any minor technical issue. It’s as honest as it can be including imperfections. This organic presentation isn’t limited to “acoustic” music as seen with live classical and folk music.

In this series, I will attempt to record bands with electric guitars and drums that would typically require a multi-mic, multi-track approach. This single microphone technique was quickly forsaken soon after the multi-track tape recorder was invented and with it a level of musical intimacy.

The OneMic series will demonstrate the positive aspects of the minimalistic recording process of the 1930s but will be captured on modern recording equipment.

The signal path for "Masters of War": AEA R88A microphone – AEA TRP2 preamp – Pro Tools HDX. Sony A7S camera with a 35mm lens"
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If you're still on board and interested, here are a few 'behind the scenes/ setting up to record' videos, using the one-mic approach:
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I watched parts of that series a while back. I thought they were quite well done.
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there was this from sometime ago with DW Fearn and friends on hi resolution recordings..

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Best recording of a Bluegrass band was the players around a pair of Neumann m-49s in bi-directional setup. Sounded amazing...Good room and GREAT players. Unfortunately the reel to reel tape is no where to be found. I did this recording while I was working for the local college and someone walked off with the tape or it got pitched. Too bad. Great way to record.
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I've watched many of those multiple times. The ones of the Shook Twins were probably my favorite.

The series is what got me to buy an R88.
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