Here’s a little experiment I did – I’ve recently transcribed a baroque sonata by Giovanni Zamboni and recorded it twice – once in a high-end studio facility here at University of music in Vienna and once in my home recording studio. Let’s call them Recording A and Recording B.
To make this experiment just a little bit interesting, I won’t tell you which is which just yet. Below you can hear a direct AB comparison of both – excerpts of each movement to be exact. RMS levels might not be 100% equal but you’ll get an overview of the sound.
Please, drop me a comment of what you think, which one you prefer, what timbral qualities they possess, which is to dry or has too much reverb, is overall too dark/bright. You know, this kind of stuff. I’ll comment back in a few days telling the results.
Both times I played on the same guitar – a 2006 Bernd Holzgruber. My home recording was done using only two Oktavas Mk012 worth 350 EUR with the signal going through Metric Halo’s excellent ULN-2 Audio Interface. Mixing was done directly in Mio Console using their Channel Strip for a gentle compression and their HaloVerb. The recording at the University studio was recorded with two amazing DPA 4041 mics (worth 3000 EUR each) and a AKG 414 XLII Stereo Pair (worth 2200 EUR). The results should be obvious, right? Yep, they are, but I’d still like your opinion!
Thanks for your cooperation!