A tradition of professional minimalists

Recording a small group of vocals, e.g. a small choir, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to use multiple Mikmes. It's an old recording tradition to gather a group of singers around one microphone, allowing the performers to balance themselves. This can be an effective way to deliver a professional recording quality without the technical and monetary efforts of using multiple microphones. Plus the singers can blend their voices together, just by moving within the sensitive space of Mikme's pick-up pattern.

The Mikme microphone is perfect for this minimalist recording technique. Its cardioid polar pattern is very sensitive to the sound coming from the front half of the microphone while its less sensitive to room reflexions entering the Mikme at its rear side.  This is a big advantage compared to an omnidirectional microphone, especially when recording in living rooms or home studios where the room acoustics are often not optimized.

Position in the mix

To accurately capture multiple singers at once, arrange them in a line, or better, a semi circle around the Mikme. In order to control the balance of the different voices you can play with each singer's distance to the Mikme. The closer the singer is to the Mikme, the louder the voice will appear in the mix. Also, the more directly in front ("On-Axis“) of the Mikme a singer stands, the louder the voice will be. Please be aware that the outermost singers are not „falling“ out of the pick-up area of Mikmes cardioid polar pattern ("Off-Axis“) by moving too far left or right, as this will attenuate their voices. Here´s how to quickly record a small choir:

From a distance

You can also play with the distance of the complete "ensemble“ of voices to the Mikme. The further away the singers are, the more room reflections will be picked up by the mic, and the lively the sound will be. In contrast, the closer the ensemble stands to the Mikme, the more direct the voices will sound.

Check out this video to hear the effect of changing the distance between the choir and the Mikme.

It´s time to play around with your Mikme!

Happy creating!

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