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    Default stereo recording.

    Plans are afoot for more strange films.
    I want to capture a realistic stereo ambience shooting outside for some atmospheric arty stuff.

    I dont want ot spend money.

    Now I have a sen 416 and also a very similar / sounding sony shot gun mic.

    Is it realistic to use these as a pair to get a ' real ' stereo sound image?

    If so how? I was thinking of munting them crossed in a v 90 degrees apart sort of like I have seen at classical concerts when they are recording for broadcast.

    Would it be better to get a real stereo mic, but all I can afford and barely just then would be 150.

    Ta.

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    Sorry Mark but... Not really.

    For a stereo pair you need two identical mics, otherwise it sounds quite wierd. It may be okay for your "arty stuff" but I really wouldn't recommend it. Having said that, try it out, if it works...

    If it's non-sync ambient sound then you could simply record lots in mono, have a few tracks and pan the tracks from left to right (and vice versa) to create a stereo effect.

    Otherwise I honestly don't know what would do your stuff justice for 150.

    I shall go away and ponder...

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    Thanks.

    I kind of guessed that 2 different mics would be a dead loss - just trying to do on the cheap.

    Affordable stereo mics recs pls.

    I have done the fake stereo thing but for this I really want to capture and realistic feeling stereo ' image ' .

    If I was a rich bloke - SoundField: SPS200 Software Controlled Microphone

    Very cool.
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    That calrec s sound mike - $3000 - ho hum - SoundField SPS200 available - MacMusic

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    hey thanks - well affordable.

    How would I use these to capture a live, usually exterior ambient acoustic?

    P power is not a problem.

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    Mount at 90 degress to eachother ?

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    Thanks for the advice.

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    Would be interesting and informative to see how this winds up Mark. If you are successful, you'll have to write up a guide on how you managed it.

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    yea will do.

    Dont hold your breath as I am time rich - gadget token poor right now.

    The clip shows what I am after. Some compression and reverb on that. I really like the effect even in mono with my 416.
    http://www.zaskarfilms.com/Films/robinson/robinson1.wma ( pic for context ).

    I think ambient sound can be very powerful.
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    Find a second hand figure 8 and go for the MS option - no question considering you already own a great 'mid' mic in your 416.

    The option to adjust the stereo image for what you are doing is perfect.

    Do you have the option to record on calm days - if you do you will need little in the way of windshield - perhaps a home made 'coathanger' wire basket with some tights stretched over it?

    You can gaffa mics together with a thin bit of foam between them and hand hold - your not trying to follow action right?- just record ambient sound so don't worry too much about the mount.

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