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A Stereo Mic takes all the worry out of mic placement, since the capsules are permanently fixed within a single housing. Let's take a look at how to use one. A stereo mic is a quick and easy way to put together a stereo setup, since only one mic and one stand is required. Stereo mics tend to be mostly condensers, since the capsules can be made small enough to fit together inside a microphone body. There are few stereo Ribbon mics, but stereo Dynamic mics are rare. To set a stereo mic up, walk around the room and listen towards the instrument or sounds where it sounds best.
Note the balance of the instrument to the room and the stereo image. Now position the stereo mic where the middle of your head was, set the trimmer gain controls and fader levels, so both channels of the microphone are at the same level, then pan the channels hard left and hard right, have a listen. (music playing) Sometimes narrowing the stereo field can benefit the track, to do this, pan the channels to the nine and three o'clock positions.
Many stereo mics also have a control to narrow the sound field. (music playing) For more or less of the room ambience, move the mic closer or further away from the instrument or ensemble.
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