Live Music Performance Audio Recording Services

Getting a great sounding recording of your club gig or chamber music recital doesn't necessarily require a lot of channels and a complex and expensive mixdown to stereo. If you record using good microphones from "the best seat in the house", and master on a DAW with a good selection of compressors and equalizers, you can get a very full sounding and detailed recording. I know this from my experience recording a variety of styles of music ranging from avant-gard string quartet music by the Del Sol String Quartet recorded at the SF War Memorial Theatre Green Room, to years of chronicling Jazz Mafia Tuesday's at the small club Bruno's in San Francisco.

When I record your event, I position a high quality stereo condenser microphone in an acoustically favorable position in the room. The use of a single stereo microphone reduces equipment clutter at the venue as well as avoiding the phase cancellation issues that arise when two microphones are placed on opposite sides of the hall. When possible, I record using the mid/side technique, so that I can dial in the best possible stereo image later when I master your recording on my digital audio workstation. Currently, my recording device of choice is an Fostex FR2-LE field recorder with the Oade "warm and transparent" analog front-end mod.

After the event, I load the two channel recording onto my DAW where I use Universal Audio DSP plugins to EQ, compress, and otherwise master your recording.

My recording weapon of choice these days is a Studio Projects LSD-2 Stereo mic configured for mid/side stereo encoding feeding a Fostex FR2-LE with the Oade "warm transparent" mod to improve the analog front-end clarity.

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