Stereo Recording Procedures

This chapter is divided into three parts. The first part explains how to do an on-location stereo recording of a classical music ensemble (Bartlett, 1998). The second part covers the basics of stereo miking for popular music. The last part is a special troubleshooting guide to help you pinpoint and solve problems in stereo reproduction.

We start by going over the equipment and procedures for an on-location recording of classical music.


Before going on location, you need to assemble a set of equipment, such as this:

  • Microphones (low-noise condenser or ribbon type, omni or directional, free field or boundary, stereo or separate).

  • Recorder (open reel, DAT, MDM, etc., noise reduction optional).

  • Low-noise ...

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