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recording a live event can be challenging. Especially when it involves finding a delicate balance of all element; equipment, techniques, live audience and coordination with the venue. However, recording a live event that captures the real atmosphere of the event can be a massively satisfying experience.
Recording gigs pause a whole challenge even for those who have mastered the craft of studio recording because you only have one chance to get everything right. So, the more you are acquainted the intricacies and the pressures of live recordings, the more you are likely to pull it off. Whether you are a sound engineer, gigging musician or just someone with some background in studio, this article has some critical issues to consider if you want to have a wonderful live event recording
Be prepared
You should be clear in your mind from the off you why you are doing the recording, that will help you to know what you need for a great live event recording. Adequate preparation is the key, you need to begin by checking out your venue in advance. You can even pay a visit to the venue before the event to imagine how the acoustics will be with a live audience find out if the place sounds good, if you are comfortable doing the recording there. Take note on how you will set up the recording gear. It is important to know the location of the power sockets
The microphones
Microphone is the most crucial element when doing a live recording. Recording before a live audience often requires amplification so the best mic to use should be one that has cardioid pick-up pattern. It is wired to only receive the sound that is directly in front of it and reject the other unnecessary noise from behind. This mic are also durable and can handle sound from loud sources
Pop filters
Most cardioid microphones are designed to block out noise but they can still be vulnerable to p-pops. That is why you need pop filters to block out breath sounds. However, pop filters are to keep in place on stage but they are a necessary evil. A good pop filters is pretty effective at reducing breath noise and p-pops
Mic stands
The choice of a mic stand can help to enhance the quality of a live recording. Some people go for stand with a single pole while others go for one with tripod legs. A mic stand with tripod can get kicked creating rumbles that can interfere with the recording. Fasten the mic on the stand with a mic clip so that the singers don’t remove the mic to hold in the hands. Hand-held mic have lots of breath noise from holding too close to the mouth that interferes with the recording
There are many aspects to a great sound recording, this article has only scratched the surface. But you should always know that sound is the greatest part of any live event recording, once that is in order everything else can fall in line