I have not used this mic, but after looking at the manual, I feel it could possibly be a positioning/directional issue.The VP88 capsules are arranged in a mid/side configuration (one facing forward and one sideways) which means that, based on switch setting and mic positioning, the front capsule may have been pointing straight toward the tympani section or at a reflection point on a wall or ceiling. On your recorded tracks, you could try adjusting the level of whichever channel has the "mid" capsule information to see if it tames the tympani any.Just guessing here. Good luck.
Hi All:I record orchestra festivals periodically, and a couple of years ago I picked up a Shure VP88 after it was recommended to me on the LAB. It has done a very nice job for most of my other recording gigs (live jazz, Mariachi), however I have noticed that it seems to be very sensitive to percussive instruments. Orchestras that are strings only sound great, but once a tympani shows up in the back it is all you hear in the mix. Mic is positioned directly behind the conductor, 4-5’ above his head, varying from front row to about 5 rows into the hall with the same results. Tympani does not sound out of balance (to my ears) out in the house.Is this a characteristic of this type of mic? Or a characteristic of the VP88? Would I be better off with a stereo pair of DPA 4006 or Schoeps MK2? Decca tree? Is it an omni vs. cardioid issue? I don't have another orchestra gig with these groups for a while, so I can't do any A/B testing in the near term.I'm more than willing to spend the money on a top notch stereo mic setup (DPA, Schoeps, Earthworks, etc) if that is the best fix, just need some advice from people that have been there before so I know what to audition.Thanks.Dave
That said, the mic will simply give you a representation of the sound present at its position. If the sound is out of balance, then there's a better position somewhere else. This type of miking is something else entirely and requires a ton of study and experience. The alternative is to have enough time to experiment with positioning until your guesses pan out. And there's hardly ever enough time for that.
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