Home Recording Sound Sample - What do you think?
I have been using an iPhone to record violin-playing, and now would like a better setup. So I got myself an audio interface (Audient EVO 4) and 2 Mics (Audio Technica AT2050 and sE Voodoo VR2) and set them up in a mid-side configuration (VR2 as mid and AT2050 as side), 8-9 feet from player. No other processing apart from the MS-processing.
The room is a small-ish living room (bit of a "T" shape), untreated.
This is totally new to me, so would like to get some opinions. Too far, too close, too much echo, too shrill etc?
Today i have more free time than usual, so i loaded your sound file and analyzed it.
I have to agree that it sounds quite wide. I think I can hear mainly a lot of mid frequencies and a fair amount of highs. I think it depends on whether you want the recording to sound like it's in a larger rom or a smaller one. I'd say iPhone recordings are in general quite good and capture the frequency spectrum well, but it certainly does sound quite narrow and focussed in on one small area.
Thanks Marco, Ella, for taking the time to have a listen and feedback.
Only by listining from the pc, i like the second take much much better, to my preference.
Marco, when you say best recordings you've made are made with 2 mics "In mono"- were they one at a time? Or both mics in use at the same time, but mono recording? What was your setup?
It doesn't have much presence and I really hear the room you're playing in. I think you ought to mic closer, which removes the character of the room and gives you the freedom of dialing in your reverb in post. That will incidentally bring up your signal level and overall bodied-ness without having to pump gain, which adds noise.
Cotton offers practical advice, but I would argue that the less you HAVE to do with software, the better.
I agree with Cotton that you seem to be picking up some strong room-resonance modes, particularly the E (first finger on the D string). There's another strong resonance, the C (third finger on the G string), but this is inherent to most violins, and probably is not attributable to the room acoustics.
That is an unusual combination of mics for mid side. The mid is the center mic. It is usually cardioid. You stated that the voodoo was the mid. It is a ribbon and figure 8. I would have expected it to be the side.
Marco, thanks! Your setup sounds very good. Your Soundcraft is nice!
@Cotton @David, thank you for your analyses and feedback! I will see if I can do some kind of treatment to the room, but will probably try a different location/distance/placement initially.
Regit, you might try just doing everything the opposite of what you did the first time, just for the most stark A/B comparison, then work towards what you like the best. If you record from the non-T side of the room, it could take the room acoustics out of the equation, especially if the mics are close to the violin. Try the mics above the violin, switch their functions. Big thing about recording is to try a lot of different setups, experiment with them, and see what works the best for your taste.