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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    I've used a single mike on bluegrass (and other acoustic ensembles) and gotten respectable results. The technique works best with bands that are practiced in it and can manage their internal balance well.

    I think that with a jazz trio you are looking at a different animal, and it may not be as effective.

    In any case, even though it's a not uncommon technique, I am not enamoured with it. It arose because, at the time, that's all they had . . . a single mike in a radio station . . . not because it was the best technique to adopt for a particular type of band. I suspect there is an element of faddishness about it.

    If you want the greatest control over the sound, then miking up separately seems intrinsically better.
    I gotta go with gecko, and not because he saved me 20% on my car insurance. A single mic on a jazz trio will be lacking.

    But if I'm reading you right ..... that 4040 is just for ambient sound and not the main recording mic right?
    In that case I think it's a useful idea ..... if it doesn't work you can always pull it out of the mix.
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    Yep, that's exactly the plan, Gecko and Bob. FME, bluegrass bands stay with the one-mic setup because they are hidebound traditionalist. (THAT drove me NUTS when I had my BG band... ) I am expecting the jazz trio to not be as mindful of the lone connie, both because it's not a big part of their experience and because it won't be used for sound reinforcement.

    Thanks for your input.

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    not so sure how much I love the idea of a SM57 on bass. I like dynamics on bass, but usually beefier ones. Condensers usually sound good on bass. At the very least I would swap the 58 onto bass and the 57 onto the room mic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieb View Post
    I recorded a bluegrass band with a similar setup (fewer mics- didn't use the choir condenser or sm18's,) in the same room, with good results, btw.
    Well, that's more useful feeback than you're going to get from people who aren't familiar with your ears, your space, the talent, and your capabilities as an engineer. Sounds like you're on the right track.

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