GARDENA, Calif.â”€As both an independent recording engineer and an instructor/professional-in-residence in the Visual and Performing Arts Dept. at the University of New Haven (West Haven, CT), Roger Arnold has plenty of opportunities to dig into his own kit of Studio Project mics, as well the schoolâ€™s mics.
â€œWhen we were looking for some microphones for the school,â€? says Arnold, â€œwe didnâ€™t have any multi-pattern condensers that I could use to teach various stereo miking techniques. We found that Studio Projects mics, the C3 and even the B3 [both switchable among cardioid, omni, and figure-eight] were perfectly capable of handling anything that a much more expensive competitive product could handle.â€?
Arnold teaches two Recording Seminar classes a semester with a total of 30 students, all seniors. In a recent classroom session (pictured), he demonstrated a â€œminimalistâ€? approach to students for miking a drum kit, using: a pair of CS5â€™s (in super cardioid mode, in order to capture some of the room, he says), and a T3 Tube (in wide cardioid mode, to get a little more of the tom sound) in front of the kick.
â€œThis was sort of the opposite of the approach that I would take to mic a drum kit,â€? he says, laughing. â€œBut honestly, I was blown away by the T3 on the kick, even from that short a distance. And even though this is not the best sounding room for drums, the CS5â€™s were able to put a little space behind the kit.â€?
Earlier in the week, Arnold used the Studio Projects CS5 as a vocal mic in a session at The Wimbish Ranch (New Britain, CT), with a Joemeek Twin Q processor.
Arnold also teaches Acoustics and Critical Listening, Microphone Design and Placement, Live Sound, and Digital Audio Workstations Operation and Installation. He can be reached through www.reaengineering.com.
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About PMI Audio Group:
Established in 1995, PMI Audio Group is a professional audio distribution company located in Gardena, California specializing in the distribution of professional audio products for recording, video, post, film, broadcast, and the fixed installation markets. Current brands of distribution include Studio Projects, Joemeek, Toft Audio Designs, and Stephen Paul Audio.
Roger Arnold, independent engineer and instructor in the University of New Havenâ€™s Music & Sound Recording Program. Here he demonstrates a â€œminimalistâ€? miking techniques for drums, using pair of Studio Projects CS5â€™s and a Studio Projects T3 Tube. These mics are from his personal collection, but the school owns a number of Studio Projects mics as well.