mic'ing the room?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by Adwex, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Adwex

    Adwex Member

    Jun 15, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    Many times we just want to hit record and get the whole room. No mixer, no hassle, no setup, just a mic (or pair of mics) in the room, maybe hanging from the ceiling, or on a bookshelf. For now we have a single vocal mic going straight into the mic input of the computer's sound card, and it doesn't make the greatest recordings. Can anyone recommend a good mic for this purpose? Any technique tips (placement, orientation, etc.)?

    Btw, the room is fairly small and not too lively acoustically (low pile carpet on floor and walls, drop ceiling tiles).

  2. 6789

    6789 Member

    Mar 6, 2005
    zoom H2. stick it in the middle of the room. it has stereo mics on the front and back and blends them together to catpure the entire room.

    Unless if you need a super great, ulitmate, perfect studio quality recording. I don't know what to suggest then.
  3. moody07747

    moody07747 Member

    Sep 1, 2006
    Monmouth County NJ
    yea a zoom recorder will work best of you want fast recordings on the spot.

    for more advanced stuff you would generally want some type of interface which bypasses your stock sound card on the computer. Most interfaces come with on board preamps and XLR mic inputs. For room mics a good set of LD condensers are nice to use.

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