Sennheiser MKH 8030 - fig 8

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It was great to see Sennheiser announce the long-awaited MKH 8030 fig 8 mic back in September - I think many had given up hope that the fig 8 would ever be added to the family - and I've been spending a lot of time over the last fortnight field-testing a late pre-production version. I've done a blog post write up with embedded audio files, which might be of interest to one or two of you: hope so!

Cheers,

Roland

Here's the link: https://drbadphil.com/sennheisers-new-fig-8-the-mkh-8030
 
I've always been surprised by the sound recordists who have always found M/S so useful keeping it to themselves. It's not an everyday thing for me, but when I do work in churches with choirs and small musical ensembles, it's always a get out of trouble technique when you have no ability to mics in exactly the right place.
 
I've always been surprised by the sound recordists who have always found M/S so useful keeping it to themselves.

Not quite sure what you mean here Paul: that in your experience, sound recordists who use/like mid-side don't say so? Not sure I've particularly noticed that, but you have doubtless met more sound recordists. Anyway, I'm an explicit user of MS and, indeed, MMS (as opposed to DMS)!

It's not an everyday thing for me, but when I do work in churches with choirs and small musical ensembles, it's always a get out of trouble technique when you have no ability to mics in exactly the right place.

Interesting to hear your experience. I would certainly aim to place a mid-side pair as carefully as any other pair, and, of course, any other LR pair can be equally manipulated in post by encoding to MS, changing S level, then decoding back to LR. But that's probably not what you were getting at! Any chance of expanding? For me the benefits of MS come down to sound sources often being on-axis to the M mic, mono compatibility and a compact pair especially suited to fitting in a windshield. I'm using Blumlein pairs nowadays too, and liking the stereo imaging more than MS if the location/source suits: is that something you use often/occasionally for your music recordings?
 
M/S is such a useful technique - but I've noticed the audio for video folk have loved it for years - especially the people who do wildlife - squeezing 2 mics into Zeppelin style windshields, yet the sound only people seem to very rarely even try it - in fact, the kinds of recorders film style operators use have the M/S monitoring facilities, but the kinds of recorder the others use don't.

It's just always seemed odd to me there's a kind of split. Even radio mics - Shure and Sennheiser for one group and lectrosonics and Sonys for the other. There seems little cross pollination.
 
Yes, M/S does not seem to be used much by music recording folks. Shotgun mics are not on the typical music recordist's wish list either
 
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