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Stereo microphone techniques in drum recording
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The decision on what microphone technique to use in recording situations is commonly based on technical characteristics of the technique and there is often little time to experiment. This is a problem for many engineers since the quality of the recorded source material has become the biggest factor of sound quality and the microphone technique used has a big influence on the attributes of the reproduced sound. In this study the most commonly used stereo microphone techniques used in the industry were compared. A group of trained engineers rated sonic attributes rather than what they know about the stereo techniques, with the aim of predicting the most suited technique for use in drum overhead applications in the musical genres of Funk, Pop/Rock and Jazz. The stimuli used for the test was simultaneous recordings of X/Y, Blumlein, ORTF and A/B microphone setups in the three genres, both upbeat and downbeat. Analysis of the results provides a guide in making the decision on what stereo technique to use for drum overhead recordings in different musical genres. The results show that A/B is the most popular stereo technique overall and also seems to be the most all-round techniques. In some cases however, it is beneficial to use one of the other stereo techniques. X/Y seems to be the least suited stereo technique for use in this type of recording. The results show that not only the musical genre must be taken in to account when choosing stereo technique, tempo is also a factor to consider.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-52084ISRN: LTU-CUPP--10/163--SELocal ID: 93b040d9-8d51-4566-91fa-ce3be1fb0c93OAI: diva2:1025450
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
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Audio Technology, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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