I posted this a long time ago but it’s so good that I’m going to post it again. In this video, engineer John Cuniberti uses just one stereo mic, in this case a AEA R88 stereo ribbon, to record the band San Geronimo – no overdubs, no additional mics.
For those of you who don’t know, John was the guy who came up with the idea of reamping, a technique and box that’s used every day in studios around the world. That alone should put him in the recording hall of fame, but as you’ll see and hear, he’s a fine recording engineer as well.
The recording just goes to show how good it can actually sound when the band is placed at the right distances, know how to control their volume, and all come up with a good performance at the same time.
Of course, having a great acoustic environment really helps as well (25th Street Recording in Oakland).
That said, if you have a stereo mic in your microphone locker, it’s time to break it out and experiment.