Originally Posted by Rick Craig
I've been involved with recording and mixing - this sounds like a good idea but in reality is very difficult to properly execute. The listening room might not be ideal for recording and if everything is close-miked then the recording's perspective will be different from what you hear in the room.
Originally Posted by Gooddoc
Thanks for your input Rick. Yea, nothing is ever as easy to execute as it is to think of the idea. I've no experience with any of it.
My initial thoughts were that the mics would be placed at the listening positions and the player(s) would be near the speakers. I suppose you're saying there is something more to it than that?
Actually comparing loudspeakers playback ... to the real thing, is the ultimate litmus test, but damn, it's essentially a non-starter it's so very difficult to actually implement.
The late Brian Cheney of VMPS loudspeakers championed live vs recorded demos, and he pulled them off like unlike anyone else.
I'm fortunate enough to experience live, un-amplified orchestral, jazz, and big band music on a relatively frequent basis. Also, having made my own recordings dating back over four decades, I've attempted live vs recorded demos at home, albeit unsuccessfully. There are some instruments that really tax the entire chain ... besides, loudspeakers I own simply don't illuminate the room acoustically in the same manner that live sources do. Siegfried Linkwitz is right.
Just the other day, my wife and I were attending my daughters high school orchestra. They perform in a killer performing arts center, anyway we're always front, center ... and the Jazz band was just sublime as a warm up act. But in the finale, the orchestra had a triangle ... damn, it cut right through everything, so natural, vibrant yet at a very low level, yet crystal clear ... amazing.
Yeah, comparing to live acoustic sources is the ultimate litmus test, but next to impossible to pull off.