Live Sound Mixes
One of the classes I was required to take was one discussing live sound engineering and within this course we had mixes assigned every single week. These mixes were live stems recorded by our professor, some of which were fairly clean audio, some of which were not. Included below are a couple of mixes done for that class.
No Mans Land
Ball State Jazz Ensemble
Included below is a piece that I had began writing recently and then had the idea to turn it into a storytelling lullaby. Friends of mine had recently had their first child and so I had them capture some audio bytes and incorporated them into the piece itself. All parts were written and recorded by myself.
Falling off Earth Full Album Production
Coming first week of May
Capstone: Immersive Audio Techniques
While finishing my degree I was able to choose my own research for a capstone project of which I choose to look into unique miking techniques that help create really immersive audio. In order to accomplish this I used a diverse selection of miking techniques and included below is each one with a brief description and the recording that was captured.
- Full Mix
This recording was done by using an XY pair and spot mics on every instrument in the quartet to give a baseline for what a full mix’s stereo sound would feel like.
This recording is just the XY stereo pair used in the previous recording used to give a baseline of the what the stereo field of the standard microphone array used when recording a quartet.
This recording used a binaural pair and was where the initial inspiration for the project started. However it does provide issues in that on headphones it sounds great but on speakers it sounds mediocre and this was the goal, find a recording style that gave the massive feel of binaural that still retains its sound when taken to speakers.
- Binaural w/ Center
One possible solution was to add a center microphone to the pair, while it helps a little it wasn’t effective enough because as soon as you pull the center mic up loud enough to give speakers enough of a focus, it ruins the headphone stereo field so the search continued.
- Spaced AB
Using a new micing arrangement, we folded the quartet in half and placed a microphone over each side. This would actually work really well if you brought the omni microphones in tighter on each side in order to eliminate the phase issues present in this recording.
- Tight AB
After the spaced recording I moved the microphones in closer together and it gets a good recording and sits within the soundcloud of the quartet that forms above them. However this lost the dynamics and depth so it still didn’t quite fit the bill.
- Three Cardioid (M/S using three cardiods)
The final idea I came up with was to use two cardioids set at 180 degress like a binaural pair with a center microphone atop them. I then spaced the quartet around the microphone array in order to get appropriate dynamics and it ended up working fantastically. This was the biggest success of the sessions and creates a massive and immersive stereo field on both headphones and speakers.