Stage to Studio - Recording a Live Band With Headliner & Sound on Sound
The exciting new feature demonstrated techniques for capturing high-quality sound from the stage and maximising live multi-track recordings when mixing. The event featured two days of performances by hugely talented artists such as VC Pines, Effie and a selection of emerging artists presented by an original member of Iron Maiden, Tony Moore. VC Pines fronted the main event as they performed live on stage for PLASA attendees followed by an immediate masterclass from Miloco Studios engineer, Jamie McEvoy that was broadcast on a demonstration screen for all to see.
All the microphones used on stage were supplied by Shure, which included two channels of Axient Digital wireless, four channels of PSM900 in-ear monitors, and an array of wired microphone options, including many ubiquitous SM58's and SM57's, and several gems from the Beta and KSM range of Shure mics.
- A Beta91a on the kick drum, which delivers superb attack when placed inside the drum. The addition of a Beta52 on the outside helped to add additional "weight".
- A KSM 137 small-diaphragm capacitor model on the hi-hat, which helped to pick up the crisp high-frequency transients of the hi-hat.
- Several Beta98s on toms and snare, which, combined with their discreet form factor and tailored frequency response, make the perfect option for capturing the beautifully tuned Ludwig drum kit.
- As an overhead mic, Shure provided an SM81 cardioid capacitor mic as a mono drum overhead, which provided gentle reinforcement of the overall kit.
"Stage to Studio was a challenging project to work on," comments Jack Drury, Market Development Specialist at Shure UK. "Firstly, because of the RF environment, which by its very nature was congested due to the central London location and the high number of other wireless microphone users across the tradeshow floor. Secondly, the stage was out in the open, so to capture a clean sound suitable for mixing into a live recording, we were restricted to close micing techniques, using more small-diaphragm and dynamic mic options in mono configurations."
Once the headline performance had been recorded live, guest engineers described their gear choices, mic placements and mixing decisions with a running commentary to the audience. The engineer's setup included a desk by Allen & Heath, Pro Tools 2019 on an Apple MacBook Pro and an Apollo Twin Duo Interface.
The Digital Audio Workbench (DAW) was displayed on a big screen above the stage during the mix process, which offered a unique insight into the decision-making processes involved in crafting a successful live recording for the audience.
Stage to Studio was made possible courtesy of Miloco Studios who provided a full portable Pro Tools rig to help capture a studio-quality recording on location. Established in London in 1984, Miloco now run 179 studios worldwide, with their rooms used as first-choice options by international artists, record producers and engineers.
COMPETE FOR THE BEST MIX
Now it's over to you! Professional engineers, mixing enthusiasts (and anyone in-between) are invited to create their own mix of the multi-track file for a chance to win a Shure KSM32 studio mic, Shure SRH1540 headphones, and a set of Genelec 8320A monitors.
The judging panel comprises of audio experts from: Headliner, Sound on Sound, PLASA, Genelec, Shure, Miloco Studios, and VC Pines himself.
Paul Watson, owner and editor of Headliner magazine, comments on the initiative; "Stage to Studio was a resounding success for everyone involved. We had a packed crowd at both days for our main event and 12 artists performing original material over the course of the two days. The two Miloco engineers broke down the fundamentals of mixing a live band and thanks to a full complement of Shure microphones across drums, guitars, vocals and even a brass section, they had the perfect palette to work with. The support of Shure as a manufacturer to help with best in class equipment for location recording techniques, products and placement was invaluable and an absolute pleasure to have on board."
You can download the source files and start your mix today by visiting the PLASA website. Best of luck and may the best mix win!