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Overview of Stereo Microphone Techniques

Stereo microphone techniques are used mainly to record classical music ensembles and soloists on location. These methods capture a sonic event as a whole, typically using only two or three microphones. During playback of a stereo recording, images of the musical instruments are heard in various locations between the stereo speakers. These images are in the same places, left to right, that the instruments were at the recording session. In addition, true-stereo miking conveys

  • The depth or distance of each instrument.

  • The distance of the ensemble from the listener (the perspective).

  • The spatial sense of the acoustic environment, the ambience or hall reverberation.

Why Record in Stereo?

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