The Best Options for Miking the Worship Band

The acoustics of a space should be a main influence on your microphone choice. The reverberant properties of the venue provide insight into what microphone polar pattern should be used.

The Best Options for Miking the Worship Band
Using microphones in a less than desirable acoustic space may result in comb filtering: the type of filtering that arises when a signal is added to itself after having been delayed in time.
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When miking a worship band, it is crucial to choose accurate, natural sounding microphones and position them in such a way that provides clear audio to the congregation. It is ideal for every church to have a simple, elegant solution to capture the pure sound of its live music.

Choosing the correct microphone and designing a tailored instrument miking strategy are two of the most important steps when miking a worship band. One of the main goals is to capture the source with the minimal number of microphones, while positioning the musical elements in such a way that they do not sonically interfere with each other.

A microphone polar plot can give you a glance at where the rejection angle points are strongest, thus allowing better control of your mix.

Here are a few things to consider when making your microphone choices:

Importance of Acoustic Accuracy

The acoustics of a space should be a main influence on your microphone choice. The reverberant properties of the venue provide insight into what microphone polar pattern should be used.

Additional acoustical treatments may be utilized to minimize reflections, but if that is not an option, you must attenuate the reflection by at least 10 dB (one-third) and preferably 15 dB (one-fifth).

Using microphones in a less than desirable acoustic space may result in comb filtering: the type of filtering that arises when a signal is added to itself after having been delayed in time. Comb filtering is rarely intentional, but it is heard all the time in sound productions, where it can arise both acoustically and electrically.

To avoid comb filtering when placing microphones, the distance to neighboring microphones should be at least three times further than the distance of the source to the primary microphone. It also helps if the microphones are directional and pointing in opposite directions.

Also, a microphone polar plot can give you a glance at where the rejection angle points are strongest, thus allowing better control of your mix. Remember, no two spaces are identical, so knowing your microphones’ ability can save time, improve results and guarantee a wonderful sonic experience for all.

Miking Instruments

Knowing the dynamic style of your musicians and the radiation pattern of their instrument is vital in determining how to properly mic their instruments. Typically, a supercardioid microphone mounted directly on the instrument is ideal, especially when it has a linear on/off-axis frequency response. This mic will give the engineer more gain before feedback and allow more level into the monitors.


More About Gabriel Antonini
Gabriel Antonini is the U.S. Business Development Manager at DPA Microphones Inc. and regularly works with churches across the country. Antonini has been nominated for 11 Emmy awards in the categories of producer, outstanding technical achievement, original music, and sound design-audio post. He is passionate about sound and the microphones that capture it, striving to bring that appreciation to a national audience. Selecting the proper microphones for the right application he sees as an integral part of transmitting the clear sonic detail required for a successful production.
Get in Touch: vga@dpamicrophones.com    More by Gabriel Antonini

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