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Old July 6th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Stage mic question

Can anyone recommend a good mic for picking up stage show audio?. The feed from the sound board works for music, but I need to mix in some ambiance like tap shoes and other onstage sound as well as applause. I have a Sennheiser E604 mic I use for weddings, would this mic work? or should I look at something else?

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Old July 6th, 2008, 01:59 PM   #2
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Mic for FX

I assume you refer to the sound board as an audio mixing console or desk. I use 2 Behringer C2 - 2 Matched Studio Condenser Microphones to pickup live soundeffects. These two mics are great for many purposes. Patch it to the audio desk and send it as a group to the audio recorder and the musictracks as another group. You can then mix it later in post.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 12:32 PM   #3
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Thanks Stephan for the advice, I will check into that.

Anyone use the Audio-Technica AT822 for stage micing?, seems to get good reviews.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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Any and all of the mics that have been listed will work. I've used the C2 a number of times, though I've found it somewhat tinny and transparent. I really like the AT2020 (maybe 2021, can't remember right off hand). It's another small diaphragm condensor that sounds a little better than the C2. If you really want some good rich audio, you need to be looking at either a large diaphragm condenser or a really good small diaphragm condenser such as the Neumann KM184 or 185.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #5
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Floor mics (PZM/Boundary) are usually employed for this as they are low profile and unobtrusive. Crown PZM's are used in most professional productions, but I have had decent results with the low cost Nady CBM-40 (3 across the front of the stage):

http://www.nady.com/cbm40_mics_pg.html

Hanging area mics are the other approach to pickup the chorus/ensemble if they are not mic'd. Audio Technica has several to choose from:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/sear...?s=hanging+mic

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Old July 15th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #6
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You didn't say, but I guess we're assuming you have access to the stage or the pit area. Mic placement is the key issue. A $60 Sony mic up front will sound better than a $1600 Schoeps or Neumann at the back of the auditorium.

If you're forced to place the mic at the back, then a Rode Videomic is in the similar price range of your Senn, but will do a much better job than the Senn on those taps. The Rode is a shotgun, a pattern which you don't normally want to use indoors, but will be pretty good for the purpose of non-voice, non-musical stage sounds and the applause between your camera position and the stage.
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Crown pcc 160 on front of stage. Ideally 2 spread across for stereo.
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