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  • Recording a music performance in a big space (and lot of reverb!)

     Ty Ford updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Jonny Graz

    January 18, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Hey guys,

    I seek advice and I hope the expertise on this forum could enlighten me: I have a shoot in 2 week, it’s a Chinese New Year Celebration performance which is going to be pre-recorded due to covid. The performance has few instruments (mainly drums) and I’m quite worried as I’m familiar with the space, imagine a big warehouse with very high ceiling and not many things around. Unfortunately they don’t have any sound op on budget and therefore they relying on a usable sound captured from me. It’s a small gig so I will be shooting on a mirrorless, I will bring my basic audio setup (radio mics, Rode Video Mic Pro and Zoom H1).

    So what would be the best option for me to capture a decent audio? My thoughts are to use the Rode Video Mic Pro and try to get good levels but I was wondering if anyone got some hints or tricks to try to get the best possible sound?
    it’s a pain not to have a sound operator on board for this one!

    Thanks in advance!

  • Ty Ford

    January 19, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Hello Jonny and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.
    If you’re just trying to capture the sound of the celebration, you should be OK, but remember that drums have big peaks. You’d want to capture them without clipping them. Were I you, I’d try to be there for a rehearsal to see what you get with your mics and with expected levels. Some cameras have audio limiters. Some of the limiters work very well, others do not. Work through this to find your best solution before the show.

    Regards,

    Ty Ford

    Cow Audio Forum Leader

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