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treewind Tech: Zoom H2 Recorders. How good are they? (46) RE: Tech: Zoom H2 Recorders. How good are they? 04 Mar 15

Definitely experiment with different mic positions if you can - that's going to make the most difference in terms of getting the right sound.

If you can get some good small diaphragm condenser mics you may get better results, especially as you can try different stereo configurations:
- concincident (a.k.a. XY) for best mono compatibility
- ORTF (spaced about 17cm apart with 110 degree angle between then) for a really nice stereo image that will capture the church acoustic well.

The mics will need a mixer or separate preamp as they will be phantom powered. You could try AKG C1000 with internal 9V battery but there are better mics to be had - Rode M5 is a better battery powered imitation of the C1000; other candidates requiring external phantom power would be Røde NT5, Neumann KM184 (rent them: you don't have to buy them if it's a one-off!)

If there are balance problems either move the mics or make the choir sections move forward or back. I've used that technique in the studio very effectively on an a capella quartet.

Adding spot mics is a last resort and can create a mixing nightmare - you might fix the balance but you won't get a natural stereo image.

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