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Ken Cameron, Sound and the Documentary Film, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1947

ONE METHOD OF DIVIDING UP THE ORCHESTRA

Apart from the obvious duties of the recordist in maintaining correct level throughout the recording, he has three main problems—

1. To set out the orchestra in the manner most suited to the type of music, the type of studio, and the type of orchestra.

2. To place the microphones.

3. To balance the orchestra, or rather the recorded sound of the orchestra, so that it is a true record of the effect the composer had in mind.

In the first case there is a considerable difference of opinion.