Microphones for Choir and Orchestra | Stereo Microphone Techniques

Choirs and Orchestras are usually picked up with stereo miking for livesound as well as for studio production.

Stereo microphone techniques: Two stereo microphones (stereo-pair) are usually used as main microphones while often supporting microphones are used to get the ideal sound. Supporting microphones are placed near to the sound source to pick up specific voices of the choir or instruments in the orchestra. These signals are then added to the stereo-pair signal in the mix.

Ideal for stereo miking and therefore ideal choir microphones or orchestra microphones are small diaphragmSmall diaphragm mics have a flat frequency response and a natural sound. Read moreGo to the glossary condenser microphonesCondenser microphones are more sensitive, give a smooth, natural sound and need to be powered.Read moreGo to the glossary: Very flat frequency responseThis is the range of frequencies, from the lowest to the highest, that a mic can pick up.Read moreGo to the glossary delivers clear and neutral sound. For a more forceful sound sometimes large diaphragmLarge diaphragm mics add harmonics to the sound and are popular for vocal recordings.Read moreGo to the glossary condenser microphonesCondenser microphones are more sensitive, give a smooth, natural sound and need to be powered.Read moreGo to the glossary are used.

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Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones for Choirs and Orchestras

PG81 Condenser Microphone entry level
Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone with flat-response, designed to be used for sensitive acoustic instrument applications.

Best suited to:
Hihat, Overhead, Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Brass, Drumset

Also great for:
Choir & Orchestra, Additional acoust. instr., Percussion

Condenser
Cardioid
RRP: £ 130.80
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Rugged, battery-powered, flat-response microphone for live performance and remote recording applications.

Best suited to:
Hihat, Overhead, Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Piano

Also great for:
Choir & Orchestra, Brass, Additional acoust. instr.

Condenser
Cardioid
RRP: £ 217.20
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SM137 Instrument Microphone
Versatile, flat-response cardioid probe mic with an ultra-thin diaphragm for natural sound reproduction in acoustic and high volume applications.

Best suited to:
Hihat, Overhead, Strings, Choir & Orchestra, Piano, Brass

Also great for:
Electric Guitar, Additional acoust. instr., Percussion

Condenser
Cardioid
RRP: £ 192.00
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Legendary industry-standard, flat-response cardioid condenser microphone, featuring a wide frequency response and low self-noise.

Best suited to:
Hihat, Overhead, Acoustic Guitar, Strings, Brass, Drumset

Also great for:
Electric Guitar, Additional acoust. instr., Percussion

Condenser
Cardioid
RRP: £ 318.00
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Premium condenser mic with a cardioid pattern for acoustic instruments, detailed and extremely precise sound in the studio and live performance

Best suited to:
Hihat, Overhead, Piano, Choir & Orchestra, Strings, Acoustic Guitar, Drumset

Also great for:
Electric Guitar, Brass, Additional acoust. instr., Percussion

Condenser
Cardioid
RRP: £ 434.70
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KSM141 Instrument Microphone
Premium Condenser microphone with switchable polar pattern, optimized for acoustic instrments

Best suited to:
Piano, Choir & Orchestra, Strings, Hihat, Overhead, Acoustic Guitar

Also great for:
Electric Guitar, Brass, Additional acoust. instr.

Condenser
Omnidirectional
Cardioid
RRP: £ 502.99
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