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Until now, we've talked mostly about miking an instrument in mono, but almost all instruments, especially acoustic instruments in ensembles, can benefit greatly from stereo miking. Let's take a look at exactly what stereo miking is and why we like the sound. First of all, stereo miking is an improvement over mono miking because it provides a sense of the sound field from left to right, a sense of depth or distance between each instrument, a sense of distance from the instrument or an ensemble from the listener, a sense of the acoustic environment's ambiance.
This is accomplished by one of many stereo miking techniques where you use two identical mics in a particular configuration to record an instrument in order to get a larger more realistic sound field. (music playing) You'll find that stereo miking is commonly used when recording drum kits, pianos, string sections, Organ Leslies, and small and large ensembles.
In general, stereo recording can certainly be applied to just about any recording situation.
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