When using a 360 camera to record live music, there is nothing more important than the audio quality. Here are some tips for capturing high quality audio using a professional external microphone.
The Winnepeg Folk Festival has a session series where they take artists backstage at their festival and film them acoustically. This year, they decided to record a session using a 360 camera. For this video, they used a Samsung Gear 360 (reviewed here).
Terry: There’s a few key take aways for filming live acoustic music in 360. First off, mic placement – in this session I had the guys stand around a Senheiser MD 421 cardioid dynamic mic, which was recording into a Zoom H6. Setting up the guys around the mic gave a nice balanced audio mix. The East Pointers decided to play an acoustic song so I only needed to mic their instruments, which made the shoot easier. I tried to hide the microphone by placing it right under the Samsung Gear 360, so the focus is on the artists and not on mics covering their instruments.Another thing to keep in mind shooting 360 is to make sure that anything you don’t want in the shot, to be completely hidden from the camera. I had 3 people including me hiding behind the trailer while the guys performed this song and had everyone out of sight before they started recording.
Terry: Thanks man! Let me know if you need anything else.