I compared the two microphones that come with the Zoom H6 recorder—an X-Y cardioid pair and a Mid-Side (MS) Blumlein configuration—to a Shure KSM141 Stereo Pair, also in an X-Y configuration. The purpose of this exercise was to learn how to use the H6, and to decide which microphones I want to use to record the next concert. All mics were essentially at the same position, and the Zoom H6 was set to use 48-kHz sample rates and 24-bits of resolution. I postprocessed the .wav files using Audacity and exported them as lossless Ogg-Vorbis files.
I recorded three selections: orchestral, percussion, and chamber music to exercise the microphones. To my ears, the Shure mics have the best bass, but seem to have more echo. Also note that the Sibelius recording is 24-bit, which eliminates the graininess you may hear in the strings in the other 16-bit recordings.
Any background noises come from me moving or touching things, so ignore them. You may have to use Google Chrome to play the Ogg files.
|Zoom H6 X-Y||Zoom H6 MS||Shure KSM141|
Eduardo Mata, Dallas Symphony
TCU Percussion Ensemble
String Quartet No. 6:
Fitzwilliam String Quartet