This series will give you a small insight behind the scenes of Sound Liaison's engineer Frans de Rond.
Hello music lovers, first of all I would like to introduce myself.
My name is Frans de Rond, I’m co-founder of and recording engineer at Sound Liaison, the audiophile recording label aiming to build a bridge (liaison) between the studio (engineer and musicians) and the people who love to listen to beautiful music using high quality audio equipment. I have more than 30 years of experience in the world of recording. You would think that I've heard and seen it all, yet I still have the feeling that there is so much more to be gained, learning new techniques, refining older techniques, incorporating new equipment, getting a better understanding or the vision of the musicians I'm working with ...the list is endless.
In this series I would like to share some of my thoughts on the practise of recording, mixing and mastering.
One-Microphone versus Multi-Microphone
Recently Sound Liaison started to release albums recorded using only one (stereo) microphone. Why?
For a great number of years my approach to recording did not differ from what most modern engineers do. I would set up one or more microphones per instrument, try to get the maximum amount of separation between the instruments using acoustic baffles or complete isolation by placing the softest instruments in another room.
This time I would like to talk about a very unique microphone, the Josephson C700S. Basically told there are 3 types of microphones; condenser, dynamica and ribbon. There are also different polar patterns, directional (cardioid), omni-directional (omni), bi-directional (figure of 8). The first commercial condenser mic was released by the German company Neumann in 1928. Neumann was also responsible for several classic microphones like the U47, used on Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and the U67, used by the Beatles. To this day most studio microphones are remakes or at least inspired by these famous icrophones. But a few manufactures find their own way and try to build something unique. One of those companies is Josephson.