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Audience miking (2 questions and replies)

I'm putting together a portable studio and am looking for a multi-use microphone to capture a stereo image of audience participation through sing-alongs and cheering while an acoustic soloist is performing. Would two Crown PZM-185's work for this? If so, where would you suggest to mount them? Ceiling or wall?
John Solinski

Reply: The PZM-185 would be a very good choice for audience miking. If the ceiling is farther from the audience than the walls are, ceiling mounting would give more uniform coverage than wall mounting. Place the mics so that they can "see" the mouths of most of the audience, otherwise the sound might lack clarity. Try a spot centered over the audience with the mics about 4 feet apart.

You could mount the mics on opposite walls, but the stereo spread will be exaggerated so you will need to pan the mics toward the center.

As shown on the PZM-185 data sheet, the mic has a peak in its high-frequency response, so you might want to roll off some highs with your mixer EQ.


Is it ok to use a pair of CM-700's for recording the audience at rock/pop concerts? If not, which mics do you recommend?
Simon Elliott

Reply: Yes, the CM-700's are a great choice for recording the audience. Mount them on two mic stands that are several feet apart near the edge of the stage. Or hang the mics several feet over the front row of the audience, aiming at the back row.