There are hundreds of professional microphones to choose from, and all have different characteristics and each model sounds different. We can divide these microphones into three basic operating principles, and look at the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Recently the question came of what I use for mastering. It may comes as a surprise to know that mastering engineers don't all agree on how to listen or the processes involved. Even the loudness wars (louder sound vs more dynamics) has divided sides. I'll talk about my process.. the one I know. :)
Brian Moura wrote this terrific article for Positive Feedback.in 2017 when Blue Coast Records hosted the first livestream DSD concert with Alex de Grassi and Jenna Mammina. Take a trip down memory lane.
I watch a lot of youtube. The other day a video came up where a audiophile vlogger (name withheld) put together an 18 minute video about DSD vs PCM and what the differences are. He was 50/50 on getting the information right... but still, he spoke with authority when he was wrong. Why is this still happening?
We had heard about a few drive-in theaters opening up, but the idea of going to a concert at a drive-in sparked our interest! Certainly, during a pandemic where people are asked to socially distance themselves, the idea of being in a car, correctly spaced sounds pretty good if the reward is to see a great band.
Most people know that when they see a "live" performance of the Rolling Stones each singing/performing in their studios that it's not really "live". And some people don't. They believe that the musicians are performing together. It's not yet possible.. so what happens to live performances?
Our discussion so far has looked at the recording process as it occurs in a recording studio. But, with rare exceptions, studios are not large enough nor acoustically suitable for recording a symphony orchestra.
Consequently, most classical recordings are done “on location,” which might be a concert hall or other large venue with suitable characteristics. Music that was composed to be performed in a concert hall should logically be recorded in that environment.
This article is Part 6 of Doug's continuing series of what it takes to get a great recording. Microphones 2 is an extensive description of microphone placement and challenges faced during an acoustic music setup.
We found this interesting article that describes how the world is slowly changing to a better quality audio playback. With Amazon's HD Music, Tidal, Qobuz and others, it seems the time is ripe for better sound.