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Recording Music on Location, 2nd Edition by Bruce Bartlett

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2Recording Techniques from Simple to Complex

You can record pop-music concerts in several ways. Listed below is a range of techniques from simple to elaborate. In general, sound quality improves as the recording setup becomes more complex:

  • Record off the board (PA mixer) into a stereo recorder.
  • Record with two mics into a stereo recorder. For example, use a handheld recorder with built-in mics.
  • Record with a four-tracker: record with a stereo mic on tracks 1 and 2, while recording the PA mixer output on tracks 3 and 4. Mix the tracks later.
  • Feed the PA mixer’s insert-send signals to a multitrack recorder. Edit and mix the recording back in your studio.
  • Use a mic splitter on stage to feed the PA mixer, monitor mixer, and recording mixer. Record ...

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