Yesterday, my buddy Chris and me tried out a couple of different microphones from his collection to find out which ones would be the most appropriate ones for organ live recordings in a church. In the end, we figured out that a combo of two kidney-characteristics mics with small membranes (for the stereo effect and mid/treble frequency range) and a single large-membrane mic with spheric recording characteristics would be an effective combination. To support the low-end bass frequency range, we also tested some contact microphones which are stuck to resonating objects to pick up the "good vibrations" (in this case, we had one with a suction cup which we attached to a window).
Thus, what you can hear this time is not so much about the melody itself, but is about acoustics instead: This recording is pretty much a huge incredible mess of ping-pong analog-to-digital (and vice versa) conversion. Or to be more precisely: The Metz producing analog sound, which was once sampled digitally by MDA, played back on my 7.1 channel HW setup, captured within the room with three different mics simultaneously (L: small membrane; R: large membrane, LFE: contact mic) and reassembled into a digital stereo recording. Personally, I think that it very precisely sounds like what I could listen to in reality when I was standing the "more distant" half of my living room. Also, the bass frequency range is pretty well represented with only the large-membrane mic, so I think we don't even need the contact mic for actual church recordings.
If you have a good pair of headphones, I'd definitely recommend to use them to listen to this recording, as it would guarantee the most precise result. Please feel free to ask in case you've got any further questions about the setup details.
The 8-channel intermediate FLAC recording can be picked up here:
- URL: http://via.woody-mc.de/to/d5Z561Ns1R0D8RcE
- Player: Current versions of Media Player Classic are able to properly play multi-channel FLAC files.