Choir miking suggestions sought
Date: May 16, 2014
Every year I have a challenge with getting my choir miked up for the annual pops concert. I always get a rhythm section together (drums, bass, elec. guitar) along with the grand piano and various other assorted instruments required for different songs. My problem is that the condenser microphones that I am using (Oktava M-012 small diaphragm mics) to get coverage on the choir have to be far enough away from the choir that they are very hot in the mix. Inevitably I run into feedback problems and I never seem to get the choir loud enough in the mix. The student rhythm section is actually playing at a reasonable volume level, so it's not like I can just tell them to play softer.
So, I'm wondering what kinds of strategies and what kinds of microphones I should be looking at to get more volume from the choir without running into feedback problems. Should I use more microphones and place them closer to the choir? What microphones are especially good for miking up a choir for live sound reinforcement?
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