Microphone Choice and Application for Live Recording

There are many different ways to record a live show, but regardless of the approach, a good recording starts with the right microphones, correctly placed.

By PSW Staff December 4, 2018

When done well, a live recording captures the energy and personality of the performance, along with the ambiance and (if desired) audience response.  And, it starts with the right microphone that fits the particular application and is correctly placed.

In “Captured For Posterity: Microphone Choice & Application For Live Recording,” Chapter 6 of the PSW Expert Series on Microphone Techniques, author Craig Leerman explains key issues as well as how best to go about addressing them, including:

  • Types of mics
  • Considerations on the live stage
  • Matching mics to vocals and a range of instruments
  • A range of positioning and configuration techniques
  • And more!

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Veteran audio engineer and tech Craig Leerman has been working in live production for more than 35 years and is the owner of Tech Works, a sound/production company based in Reno, NV. He has contributed hundreds of articles to ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International for nearly a decade.

The ProSoundWeb Expert Series on Microphone Techniques is presented by Audix and features top authors from ProSoundWeb and Live Sound International magazine. If you missed a previous chapter they are available for free download below.

Chapter 1: “Microphone Approaches for Acoustic Performances

Chapter 2: “Everything You Wanted to Know About Phantom Power for Microphones

Chapter 3: “Vocal Microphone – Selection Challenges and Solutions

Chapter 4: “Mic Approaches for Capturing the Sound of Grand Piano

Chapter 4: “Unusual Microphone Techniques for Live Applications