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By their nature, live performances entertain the eyes and ears, whether subject matter draws upon mastery of the instrument, vocal excellence, or acting acumen. Audio recordings of the performances should faithfully represent the balance of sounds, dynamic range, and acoustic space that was intended to showcase this subject matter. Of special interest to me in this regard are performances of choral, orchestral, mixed choral/orchestral, and small ensemble a capella works.
My approach to live audio recordings respects these basic principles whilst imposing the smallest possible visual distraction to audiences. Sometimes a superb recording calls for nothing more than a simple stereo array of microphones. In other instances, I deploy gear to create multi-track recordings based on a menagerie of sources including main and auxiliary microphones, drum kits, instrument spot microphones, performer’s wireless microphones, and inputs from house sound systems.