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A cappella session
Old 4th June 2003
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A cappella session

First time posting on the board,

I'm curious to get some insight from some peers. I'm going to be recording a female acappella group. I'm planning on using a studio projects mics on each vocal part then U87s on the soloists all as close mics and then a few stereo pairs to catch the room sound. I was wondering about everyones opinion between ensemble size (quartet and soloist versus large ensemble), recording vocal percussion and solo seperate from other parts etc. Any advice would be cool.

Old 4th June 2003
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🎧 15 years
Depends on the style of music.... What do they perform?

My biggest comment for most music like this is not to get too close with the microphones. I recently recorded a female acapella vocal quartet that performed a lot of early music (ie. chant, etc...). We recorded in a church and this was the setup:

close (for diction only) Microtech 930s and a MKH40 between singers (3 mics total)
mid- AKG 426 stereo mic in Blumlein pickup. This was the main pickup for the ensemble
Room (far) 2 B&K 4006 omnis placed 15-20' back and 15 feet high (or so) to capture ambience.

All mics were time aligned (in post) to the room mics. Close mics were to preserve understanding of the words. If I get a moment, I'll post a picture of the session.

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