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Old December 3rd, 2003, 09:21 PM   #1
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Stereo Pairs

We discuss stereo mics and occasionally stereo pairs and usually limit that to the Rode NT5 and perhaps a set of Oktavas. I've even read of people using AKG C1000's and some large diaphram side address condensers.

How would two NT3's do set up as a coincident pair, or even two AT3031's. I'm tempted to try another Nt1A.

Anyone with any experience on this subject out there, i'd appreciate your comments.

I was looking at the Sabra Som web site and their shock mounts and mic bars would make rigging such a set up easy.

As an example , if a person had an NT3 or a C1000, then all they would need is another mic and not another pair of mics.
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Old December 3rd, 2003, 10:36 PM   #2
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You mightl achieve a better stereo effect with a matched pair. Otherwise there may be minute differences that will be apparent when played simultaneously.
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Old December 3rd, 2003, 11:41 PM   #3
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I doubt that a slight mismatch would affect the sound quality, it may affect the accuracy. Two reasonably well made mikes of the same model should do OK.
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Old December 4th, 2003, 12:46 AM   #4
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I have had very good success with my crown Sass-P MK-II binaural microphone - easy to set up and totally mono-compatible.

http://www.coffeysound.com/store/CROWN_SASS_P_LG.html

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Old December 4th, 2003, 04:45 PM   #5
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I've never used stereo for drama, but have used it for documentary - mainly ethnic music, tribal customs etc.

I normally use a Sennheiser MKH30 as the side mic with either an MKH50 hypercardioid (preferable) or an AT4073 short shotgun as the mid mic, depending on how narrow I need the mid. If I'm picking up a solo instrument or voice I might use an MKH40 cardioid as the mid. These M-S pairs are also physically neat, with both mics in line and one mounted on top of the other. The pair will fit inside a standard Sennheiser zeppelin if necessary, albeit with a compromised air gap.

On other occasions (rare) I've used pairs of AKG C414B-ULS mics either as A-B cardioids or for variations on mid-side (mid being omni or cardioid in this case).

Mid-side is my usual preference because it is mono compatible and the centre sounds are on-axis to the mid mic. With X-Y cardioids the centre is off-axis to both mics, of course.

I agree with Don about the SASS-P. I don't have one myself, but the recordings I've heard have had good ambience.

However, if I had to pick my favourite (for the kind of documentaries I've done up to now) it would be the Soundfield ST250. Dear Santa...

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Old December 13th, 2003, 12:18 PM   #6
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I had the oportunity to A/B the Oktava 012 with several other mics includibt the rode NT5 and the AT 4031. The Oktava was amazing. I tried all capsules in the kit as well as the 10 db pad.

I've ordered a stereo pair of the kits and will pick them up monday. The dealer , myself and another interested party will check then against the mic I tried on friday afternoon.

I'm paying less than $550 Canadian for the pair of kits. I'm not sure exactly what the matching criteria will be.
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