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Howdy. Does anyone have experience recording outdoor crowd walla? I am planning for a session of 30+ people in an outdoor setting and was thinking of recording in quad using a sound devices 744t. Looking for mic type and placement suggestions as well as any other crowd recording tips anyone might have.
I've done this several times. If you're going with 4 channels I suggest a different mic arrangement than quad. I'd go LCR, with the L and R mics pretty wide (over 8 feet) to get nice imaging. Use the fourth channel to get another mono track. Perhaps put that one much closer than the other mono so you can switch them for perspective changes. You can always double up takes and pan those to the surrounds if you're going for a large feel.
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I'd agree with Charles about getting someone milling around amongst the crowd. A couple of DPAs on a rucksack or in a hat can work well, and don't tell the crowd what you're doing otherwise sometimes they overperform when you're near them!