The selection and placement of microphones can have a major influence on the sound of an acoustic recording. It is a common view in the recording industry that the music played by a skilled musician with a quality instrument properly miked can be sent directly to the recorder with little or no modification. This simple approach can often sound better than an instrument that has been reshaped by a multitude of signal processing gear.
In this guide, Shure Application Engineers describe particular microphone techniques and placement: techniques to pick up a natural tonal balance, techniques to help reject unwanted sounds, and even techniques to create special effects. Following this, some fundamentals of microphones, instruments, and acoustics are presented.
Boudreau, J. Rick F. Sigismondi,J. Vear T. Waller, R. 2009, MICROPHONE TECHNIQUES [online], shure.com, Available from: http://www.shure.com/idc/groups/public/documents/webcontent/us_pro_micsmusicstudio_ea.pdf [Accessed: 22.4.2012].